by Leonard L.C. Collins and Adrienne Johnson Gosselin
Reflections Sweet and Sour is a tool that guides the reader from within. It is a partnership based in trust and forged by language and diversity that can better enable us to engage our youth in needed community services and provide information relevant to their lives.
Reflections is a mix of voices marked by social conscientiousness and civic commitment—voices challenged by injustice and inspired by hope.
Reflections deals with the stressors that impact urban youth, such as poverty, alcohol and drug abuse, drug trafficking, violence, and negative risk-taking. Using language arts, it provides a realistic model that works from within the lifestyles of current populations rather than from misperceptions of their needs and values. Finally, the authors provide a forum for shared experience where facilitators become participants in learning and prevention and activities.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Leonard L.C. Collins is the executive director of the Cleveland Treatment Center and founder of the Cleveland Health Department’s program for teens. He conducts workshops on urban violence, cultural diversity, and empowerment training, in addition to hosting “Just Chillin’ with L.C.” on radio and TV.
Winner of the Raymond Chandler Award for Short Fiction, Dr. Adrienne Johnson Gosselin in associate professor of English at Cleveland State University, where she teaches African American literature, cultural studies, and creative writing.
(2005, paperback, 258 pages)
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