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A Hero’s Journey: Don Pinnock On Creating A Story The Youth Can Believe In

“Every teenager, at some point, needs to be their own hero and be well regarded by their peers,” writes Don Pinnock in Gang Town. Although getting recognition from elders is important, teenagers also require the respect of their peers—some don’t even get that. Sadly, on the streets, violence can give you credibility, so if we don’t show these young hearts and minds that there

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Don Pinnock On How to Build Trust With High-Risk Youth

Building trust with another human being is challenging under the best of circumstances, but it’s especially difficult when high-risk youths are involved. The stakes are indeed high, and unfortunately many young souls in this country have few places to turn to for support, love and understanding. “[M]any young people have parents who are inadequate role models or who are simply ‘not there’ for their

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Don Pinnock on How to Talk to High-Risk Adolescents

In the appendix of Don Pinnock’s 2016 book, Cape Gang Town, there is a valuable toolbox specifically for parents, teachers and community workers who work with high-risk youths. It has ten sections (“How to talk to adolescents”, “Don’t demand compliance”, “How to build trust”, “Creating safe space”, “The hero’s journey”, “Using fear and ritual”, “Taking time out”, “Make ground rules”, “Giving feedback”, and “A programme is

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