About The Workbook

The Five Steps…

  1. Become more involved in your own education
  2. Don’t let your environment determine your future
  3. Avoid negative peer pressure
  4. Discover your purpose in life
  5. You must create a plan for yourself

Workbook for Youth – Five Steps to Avoid the School to Prison Pipeline

This workbook is geared towards youth ages 12-19 who read through real life stories and questions contained in the 5 Steps Workbook together (with an adult facilitator).  The workbook uses real life stories to help youth conceptualize what is meant by the “school to prison pipeline” and helps to open critical conversations.The workbook is a story of one family’s journey through the 5 Steps as they try to avoid the traps which await them in an invisible pipeline. The characters are 15 year old Jaleesa, 16 year old Robert, their Mom Latonia and their Dad Robert Sr.

Restorative conversations using the 5 Steps Workbook provides a series of preventive activities where students use real life stories to understand issues from different perspectives and not just their own. Therefore, helping them to understand how their decisions now impacts their future.

Use of this workbook is perfect for schools and churches to use in reaching youth.

Interested in purchasing the workbook? Click Here.

Also, feel free to look around the website for FREE strategies that you can use at your school.

This workbook is a story of one family’s journey to avoid the traps which await them in an invisible pipeline, and offers many very insightful and thought provoking questions to it’s readers. 


4 thoughts on “About The Workbook

  1. There is yet another threat of school closings in Detroit. State governments are systematically dismantling public schools in at-risk/low income/low performing school districts….All while building jails and privatizing prisons at an alarming rate. This isn’t just happening in Michigan. We need to pay attention to what’s going on. I have been using the workbook “Five Steps to Avoid the School to Prison Pipeline” to help open conversations with youth around the school to prison pipeline traps so that they can better recognize them and take these traps more seriously. Please feel free to share your thoughts on this subject and/or the workbook.


  2. Toledo Public Schools actively participates in the School to Prison Pipeline through Practices, Policies, and Procedures. Individuals, just doing their jobs, have been identified, and have admitted to causing harm to many, generationally, through suspension.

    Suspension from school arrests ones intellectual development, and denies ones RIGHT to be educated. Discipline should defer privileges, not a person right. Criminalization of behavior, via the 13th Amendment, starts in Kindergarten. I can send my research of this microcosm that represents education practices at large.

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  3. I believe that many schools serving minority students participate in the school to prison pipeline. In many cases teachers have no other option but to recommend suspension for bad behavior because the school is not held accountable for enforcing consequences that are alternatives for suspension. Nothing will change, if we don’t change the way in which we handle behavior issues in schools. Instead of transferring the behavior outside of the school environment, schools need to focus on finding the problem of the bad behavior and work to make it better one child at a time.


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