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The Handbook For Working With Children & Youth: Pathways To Resilience Across Cultures and Contexts examines lives lived well despite adversity. Calling upon some of the most progressive thinkers in the field, it presents a groundbreaking collection of original writing on the theories, methods of study, and interventions to promote resilience. Unlike other works that have left largely unquestioned their own culture-bound interpretations of the ways children and youth survive and thrive, this volume explores the multiple paths children follow to health and well-being in diverse national and international settings. It demonstrates the connection between social and political health resources and addresses the more immediate concerns of how those who care for children create the physical, emotional, and spiritual environments in which resilience is nurtured.     

Resiliency and Young African Canadian Males
Resiliency and young African Canadian males

In the preface to his book “Nurturing Young Black Males”, Ronald Mincy (1994b) recollects about growing up in his neighborhood, poignantly sharing how he and his brothers eluded behaviors that would have hindered their future as African Americans:

The Patteson Projects provided many opportunities for us (young Black males) to make other choices (other than becoming young absent fathers) that would ruin our long-term prospects. Cocaine trafficking was rising and many of our friends were committing petty crimes. Violence was already increasing in our neighborhoods, (p. 2)

My mother forbade us to “hang out” at night. On warm nights I would see a group of boys or young men hanging out under my window, laughing, smoking, ...

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