Young Lives on the Line: You can make a difference
Have you ever dreamt that someday there would be no more children or youth that are caught up in the youth justice system? If your answer is yes, you will really like this book!
Each day the news presents alarming numbers of negative reports about at-risk children and youth who are involved in the youth justice system. There is another side to these negative stories that look only at the signs and symptoms of the inappropriate behaviour and problems that we see.
This book looks beyond and deeper into the root causes to find out why the problems and behaviour exist and provides the tools which, when used early in the lives of our young people, will decrease and eventually eliminate these challenges. The book brings a new perspective to how we should view these challenges, explains why we must explore the root causes and how to readily apply the tools to the situations. It is very important that society as a whole stop addressing the signs and symptoms. Should this pattern continue there would be no chance for these at -risk children and youth to unlock their potential to become the best that is desired of each individual in our society.
How many individuals take the time to look beyond any inappropriate behaviour that is seen in our young persons? The root causes are the factors that place them in the paths of delinquency. Areas such as inadequate health care, homelessness, poverty, abuses, traumas, negative parenting practices, childhood illnesses, mental illnesses, and learning disabilities, impact their lives tremendously. Some parents lack parenting skills, while others are unable to provide the basic daily living needs due to unemployment, illiteracy, poverty, addictions, drug abuse and poor living environments.
Did you know that a youth could have an earlier diagnosis of a mental illness in youth custody than in the community? How is this possible? Some families do not know how to access supports in a timely manner and others do not even know where to start to seek help for their children. Others buy into the stigma and discrimination around some types of illnesses and will not seek help for their children.
This book is designed to engage society in making a difference, especially parents, schools, health care services, police services, government of all levels, organizations that work with children and youth and funding agencies. Through the life stories of the author and six youth that are living in the community, the reader gains much insight into why the root causes are not readily seen or even investigated.
The contents of the book will impact and change lives one at a time. You can make a difference! Remember that when infants are born, there is no manual that instructs parents on every step to be used to ensure healthy children that will become productive adults. Do not allow your past to define your future; start now.
Author: Norma Nicholson, RN BA MA
Educator, speaker and youth expert
Young Lives on the Line is making a difference by impacting lives!
“The author discusses the many gaps that exist in approaches being used to enhance the lives of at-risk children, youth and their parents. She talks about the strategies that are available to achieve more effective responses and shares her relevant life experiences, this is a great book!”
ADC Communique, Toronto, Ontario
“I really wish that I had access to the tools in the book when I was a new mom raising five children and also teaching other children”
Mother and Grandmother
“From the description you have given in this book for at-risk children and youth, I now know that my son is an at-risk youth and I need help in knowing what to do”
Mother of a youth
Young Lives on the Line
Book Launch, Mississauga, Ontario
“Young Lives on the Line, will inspire more hope and goodness in the world”
Senior Police Officer
“ Where was this book when I was a youth leader? I really wish that you had written it 20 years ago. It is an excellent resource manual that every youth leader should have. It has amazing stories of true forgiveness and overcoming impossible situations”.
Past Youth Leader
Noel Gayle, Toronto, Ontario