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 true story 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 recommended for youth as young as the 8th grade – 12th. 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 input from mental health professionals, other 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
The Five Steps to Avoid the School to Prison Pipeline is both innovative and relatable to youth and their families. ~ Jared Davis, Principal, Cornerstone Health & Technology High School