Dancing At The Crossroads: Stories and Activities for At-Risk Youth Programming (Paperback)
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An anthology of traditional and original stories with commentary for using the stories to help troubled teens in need of character formation and re-formation. Also for use in general classrooms and youth activities to undergird healthy character formation in the pre-teen and teen years. Mentoring teens can be a wild dance. As adults we count and measure our movements but teens have created their own music and their own steps, they dance to the cycle of adolescent change in an effort to become one of us, though they would never admit that.
Dancing at the Crossroads: Stories for Mentoring At-Risk Youth, Caregiver’s Guidebook and Practitioner’s Guidebook are packed with the lessons of fifteen years in the field working with at-risk populations in runaway shelters, group homes, residential treatment facilities and one-on one with youth and parents. Out of a real understanding of these young people and their needs, and a passion for helping guide them into the adult circle, Lorna MacDonald Czarnota has compiled a collection of time-tested stories with activities, advice and information for parents and families, and a series of programs that storytellers, mental health workers, counselors, therapists, and others can utilize with groups of their own.
About the Author
Once a teacher interested in history and narrative, Lorna Czarnota became aware of the healing power of stories when a teenage niece ran away from home twenty years ago. Czarnota’s career veered in the direction of helping teens who were experiencing character-formation issues. Since then, her professional and family interests have led her to work with at-risk pre-teens and teens, and to continue assembling narratives, programming and information for use by parents, teachers, counselors, social workers, and others who work closely with youth.
"Lorna Czarnota has developed theories, stories and activities for professionals that have been used by me for several years with great success. The step by step outlines for group work in the Practitioner's Guide have proven invaluable to me."
— Susan McCullough, M.A., M.Ed. National Board Certified School Counselor (U.S.) School Counselor, L