Raise Them Up: The Real Deal on Reaching Unreachable Kids

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The dramatic, real-world experiences of hard-to-reach youth inspire these vivid and compelling essays on effectively connecting with disengaged children. Written by an ex–gang member and former unreachable kid, the jargon-free approach helps adults be intentional about engagement and turn seemingly dire situations into inspirational success stories. Underlying each account is an emphasis on the need for a focused, ongoing dialogue with at-risk young people about their unique strengths and opportunities to be ...

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Overview

The dramatic, real-world experiences of hard-to-reach youth inspire these vivid and compelling essays on effectively connecting with disengaged children. Written by an ex–gang member and former unreachable kid, the jargon-free approach helps adults be intentional about engagement and turn seemingly dire situations into inspirational success stories. Underlying each account is an emphasis on the need for a focused, ongoing dialogue with at-risk young people about their unique strengths and opportunities to be healthy, vibrant members of society—against all odds. The positive method embodies Search Institute's 40 Developmental Assets™ and includes five detailed asset-building suggestions.

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"A useful resource for anyone who works with teens and, especially, offers insight into an effective approach with 'difficult' teens."  —Children's Literature

"[The] message of hope is a gift to all caring adults."  —Reverend Alfonso Wyatt, vice president, Fund for the City of New York

Children's Literature - Hazel Buys
The inner city culture of Little Rock, Arkansas, is full of gripping and sobering stories of adolescents struggling with the transition from childhood to adulthood in extreme circumstances. One approach to helping them was developed at P.A.R.K (Positive Atmosphere Reaches Kids), an after-school, faith-based program designed to help teens who are in danger of dropping out of school. This approach uses a developmental assets framework organized into forty external and internal assets which are, in turn, sub-divided into discrete building blocks. Components include family support, expectations, integrity, honesty, and sense of purpose. These forty assets are further categorized into eight broad areas of human development: support, empowerment, boundaries and expectations, constructive use of time, commitment to learning, positive values, social competencies, and positive identity. Fifteen case studies illustrate these principles as applied in counseling and intervention strategies with at-risk youth in the P.A.R.K. program. A bonus list of six tips for working with hard-to-reach kids is included at the end of the case studies, as well as a list of further resources from the Search Institute. This title is a useful resource for anyone who works with teens and, especially, offers insight into an effective approach with "difficult" teens.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574828665
  • Publisher: Search Institute Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2006
  • Pages: 110
  • Sales rank: 1,389,993
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.28 (d)

Meet the Author

Kareem Moody is the program director of P.A.R.K. (Positive Atmosphere Reaches Kids), an after-school program—founded by All-Pro NFL Tight-End Keith Jackson—that gives underachieving students in eighth through twelfth grades a chance to go to college and receive a scholarship. He lives in Little Rock, Arkansas. Anitra Budd is an editor and freelance writer. Her articles have appeared in several regional and national publications, including the fedgazette and Rain Taxi Review of Books. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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