Growing up in America Today
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Adolescence by Joy G. Dryfoos
Book DescriptionOf the 33 million adolescents in the United States, almost 10 million are at risk of failing to become responsible adults. They attend schools that do not serve their needs, lack the support of caring adults, and, as a result, are alienated from mainstream society. African-American and Hispanic children, increasingly segregated in disadvantaged neighbourhoods, are particularly vulnerable. In Adolescence: Growing Up in America Today, a follow-up to Joy Dryfoos's landmark volume, Adolescents at Risk (OUP, 1991), Joy Dryfoos and Carol Barkin take a close look at the lives of young people, identify some of their problems, and present solutions based on state-of-the-art prevention and treatment strategies. They examine important issues in adolescents' lives - sex, violence, drugs, health, mental health, and education. Reviewing successful prevention programs and policy studies, Dryfoos and Barkin demonstrate that we know what to do to prevent high-risk behaviours: young people need to establish relationships with adults; parents need to be involved in their children's lives; and programs need to be comprehensive, sensitive to cultural differences, and staffed by highly trained personnel. Dryfoos and Barkin argue that turning our backs on adolescents will lead to disturbing consequences: the achievement gap will grow, outcomes will worsen, school systems will struggle with the growing disparities, and we as a nation will fall behind the rest of the world in our capacity to educate our youth. If, however, we decide that we want a better quality of life for our children, we will ensure that every young person has access to an excellent education. Schools, youth workers, and parents cannot alone provide a better quality of life for our adolescents, but each must play a major role, and all must work together. Providing a roadmap for the development and implementation of sound policies for American teenagers in the twenty-first century, this volume is a must-read for anyone interested in the future of our nation's youth.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195179613
(242mm x 165mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 31-Aug-2006
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Joy G. Dryfoos
Community Schools, Paperback (October 2005)
This volume summarizes the community school experiences of the Children's Aid Society and Beacons in New York City and other places; university assisted models in Philadelphia; school system generated community schools in Chicago; communitywide councils in Evansville, Indiana, and Portland, Oregon; and Boston's Full-Service Schools Roundtable.
Community Schools in Action, Hardback (May 2005)
Presents the Children's Aid Society's (CAS) approach to creating community schools for the 21st century. This volume supplies information about the selected program components based on their own experiences working with community schools. It describes how and why CAS started its community school initiative.
Inside Full-service Community Schools, Paperback (June 2002)
Topics include getting started, staffing, collaborating, involving parents, funding, and working in rural and urban settings. A groundbreaking work from experts in the field!
Full-Service Schools, Paperback (February 1998)» View all books by Joy G. Dryfoos
Full--Service Schools describes the movement to create an array of integrated support services in schools. It examines the declining welfare of many American families and prescribes solutions for the problems of increased sex, drugs, violence, and stress among youth.
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Author Biography - Joy G. Dryfoos
Joy G. Dryfoos has received support from major foundations since 1981 for the "youth-at-risk" project, focusing on prevention programs related to sex, drugs, violence, and school failure. She has written 6 books and more than 100 articles on teenagers and on full-service community schools. Dryfoos is on the Steering Committee of the Coalition for Community Schools and the Boston Roundtable for Full Service Schools. She lives in Brookline, Massachusetts. Carol Barkin has written 35 books for children and young adults and 6 books for adults, both novels and nonfiction. Her best-known book for adults is When Your Kid Goes to College, which helps parents through this trying, though exhilarating, transition. Barkin is also a freelance editor and book doctor with a particular interest in the social sciences and psychology. She lives in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.
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