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From the PublisherIn 2000, the federal government spent $21,122 per adult over age65-and only $2,106 per child in the same year. Clearly, children donot form a vocal constituency, and their needs are going unmet.This second edition of a 1997 book updates the ways thatcommunities big and small can promote healthy growth for theirchildren and teens. We need to shift cultural norms, says Benson,president of the nonprofit Search Institute, so that all residentsunderstand their responsibilities to the young. Put more simply andpopularly, this is a reiteration of the African proverb "It takes avillage to raise a child." The book targets community organizersand agencies, such as YMCAs, churches and synagogues, libraries,and block associations. Benson cites hundreds of examples wherecommunity groups have effected change, including a coffee companyin Iowa and a Lutheran church teen group in Pennsylvania. These arenot programs aimed solely at reducing drug use or crime butstrengthening kids to deal with school, home life, and jobs. Anexcellent resource for communities.
—Linda Beck, Indian Valley P.L., Telford, PA (LibraryJournal, November 1, 2006)