The Five Steps…
- Become more involved in your own education
- Don’t let your environment determine your future
- Avoid negative peer pressure
- Discover your purpose in life
- 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 12-17 and their parents who read through real life stories and questions contained in the 5 Steps Workbook together (with a facilitator). The workbook uses real life stories to help youth and their parents conceptualize what is meant by the “school to prison pipeline” and helps to open critical conversations that must be had in order to move youth from school to career rather than prison. 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. All scenes in the workbook are based on real events.
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. In the final step (Step 5) of the workbook there is a blank career plan that can be used to help youth to create a realistic and actionable plan for themselves.
Use of the 1st Edition of this workbook is recommended more for churches since it discusses the Bible in Step 4. The 2nd Edition of the workbook is recommended for use in schools, which replaces discussions of the Bible in Step 4 with discussions on the benefits of meditation in schools as a positive behavior intervention. The 2nd Edition was developed per request of schools who saw great benefits in the use of the workbook, but were concerned about seperation of church and state laws.
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.