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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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