Vol 23, No 1 (2014)
The President of the United States launched "My Brother's Keeper" as an initiative to achieve positive life outcomes with boys and young men of color. Helping these youth achieve their rich potential will involve addressing long-standing disparities in education, juvenile justice, employment, and family stability. Prominent leaders in this work have been invited to present fresh ideas for addressing these challenges. The journal Reclaiming Children and Youth is published by Starr Commonwealth which for over a century has been a leader in creating environments where all young people thrive.
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The Autistic Brain
Temple Grandin, the world’s best known author on autism, draws from personal experience on the spectrum and emerging research to help different kinds of minds succeed.
Culture and Developmentback to top
The Circle of Courage: Critical Indicators of Successful Life Outcomes
How do we ensure positive futures for boys and young men of color? The Circle of Courage model of Positive Youth Development identifies four evidence-based principles essential for young people to succeed and thrive in any setting.
Empowering Our Children to Succeed
The concept of empowering youth is widely touted but often misunderstood and underutilized. Young people cannot fully develop their strengths and independence without being empowered to take charge of their lives. The polar opposite of coercion, empowerment is essential to reclaim the hearts and minds of struggling young people.
Discipline with Dignity: Oakland Classrooms Try Healing Instead of Punishment
As executive director of Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth, Fania Davis sees programs like hers as part of the way to end the school-to-prison pipeline.
Spiritual Development with Youth
While spirituality is often associated with resilient life outcomes, traditional treatment formats seldom address this dimension. Spiritual questions commonly asked by youth can be a means to enable them to gain understanding and develop a plan for spiritual growth.
Juvenile Justiceback to top
Transforming Young Lives
Creating deep change begins with building connections that help young people discover their strengths and find new purpose and vision for the future. This also calls for transforming organizations, schools, and systems that serve youth.
Transformation in the Justice System
Four waves of juvenile justice reform across the past century have profoundly impacted how youth are served in community-based, detention, and correctional settings. Instead of more “reform,” the authors call for “transformation” built upon solid evidence from the science and practice of positive youth development.
Turning off the School-to-Prison Pipeline
Zero-tolerance practices of exclusionary discipline fuel school failure and push students into the justice system. Inclusive school climates with restorative practices foster academic success leading to positive life outcomes.
Life Space Crisis Interventionback to top
Disengaging from Conflict Cycles
Youth in pain often show self-defeating and destructive patterns of behavior which should be seen as calls for help and positive support. Instead, deep-seated brain programs and cultural beliefs about discipline can trigger angry or avoidant behavior by adults who deal with these young people. This brief introduction to the Conflict Cycle highlights the dynamics of how caring adults can get caught in these self-defeating patterns and how to avoid them.
Treatment and Familyback to top
My Brother's Keeper
In a White House address, the president announced an initiative to reclaim young boys and men of color. The “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative partners with businesses, foundations, and nonprofits to address disparities in education, justice, and employment. President Obama was introduced by Christian, one of a group of students from Chicago who were guests at the event.
Reclaiming Disconnected Kids
The author draws on resilience research and personal experience growing up in a high-risk environment to highlight strategies to reach youth who distrust adults.
Voices of Youthback to top
Hooked on Helping
Teens presenting at a symposium on peer helping programs describe how caring for others fosters personal growth and builds positive group cultures.