*Note: This workbook was previously called the “Five Steps to Avoid the School to Prison Pipeline”. The name was changed to “Five Steps to Good Decision Making” in 2021 to better reflect the curriculum’s focus on Social Emotional Learning.
A common question that we often receive which we would like to address first: Is your curriculum evidence based?” The simple answer is NO! Here is why…
- We tweak the curriculum several times a year based on changes in culture, research, and feedback from facilitators.
- We overhaul the curriculum every year (including frequent substantive changes to the structure, or replacing activities)
- We don’t want to tie our own hands against improving the curriculum to react to new trends/data/needs in the communities of color we focus in.
About the Workbook
This workbook is full of engaging youth-friendly activities and life lessons to help warn youth about the systemic challenges which give black/brown youth a “helping” hand from school, directly to prison. It is written in an engaging and thought-provoking way, using the realistic stories of a family struggling day by day to avoid many common systemic traps that usher youth into the juvenile system. The workbook helps to open deep conversations that must be had with youth in order to help them to think differently about their choices. The COVID-19 pandemic is compounding the education gap of many already low performing school districts serving black/brown youth. As a result, if we are to be really honest with ourselves, the only real and true avoidance of the school to prison pipeline lies in the hands and minds of our youth and the choices that they make. The engaging activities and topics bring families struggles and challenges with overcoming systemic barriers to the forefront and helps youth begin to think about their own personal real solutions.
This workbook is meant to be a diversion resource and is appropriate for youth as young as the 7th – 11th grade. It has been proven to work well in catching youth long before a first criminal offense is ever made, whereas most diversion programs limit eligibility to youth who have already committed a first offense and are already in the juvenile system.
It is based on actual events and was written by Quisha Brown, a previous public school teacher in Detroit, MI, with contributions from mental health professionals, school staff and students.
Here is what some have said:
In over 40 years of working with Youth, I have never used a resource that captures the interests and imagination of every person in the group. Practical, thought provoking, and real! ~ Bishop Tony Russell and Pastor Valerie Russell, MAN Network
Every school with high-risk populations should consider implementing this curriculum. ~ Sylvia Santana, Michigan State Senator, District 3, Member of the Governor’s Jail & Pre-Trial Incarceration Task Force
Contact us to bring this program to your school or facility
Phone: (248) 579-9423