Countering the Urban Influence

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Countering the Urban Influence is a personal narrative based on Edward DeJesus' experience working with at-risk youth in New York City. It tells a story of inspiration, heartache and what it takes to help young adults make it beyond the streets. DeJesus speaks about the importance of positive peer groups, positive caring adults, genuine opportunities to work and learn, and the need for supportive organizations (the social protectors) in the lives of all youth. Countering the Urban Influence will give you concrete strategies for connecting to hundreds of thousands of youth who need options beyond the streets.

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Edward DeJesus, a Bronx native, is one of the most sought-after experts in the youth services field. With more than 20 years of experience, DeJesus brings his love for research, practice and youth culture to youth organizations and the young people they serve. DeJesus has addressed more than 300 youth service organizations and community groups, as well as over 75,000 young adults. In addition to his direct service experience, DeJesus has blended practice with policy and advocacy by working with the National Youth Employment Coalition to conduct research on effective programs that help youth acquire and maintain jobs (PEPNet). Using his position as Chair of the New York City Youth Employment Consortium, he fought for job training opportunities for high school dropouts. As a member of the Sar Levitan Center for Youth Policies at John Hopkins University and serving on the Task Force on Employment Opportunities for young offenders for the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, he increased awareness among policy makers on the needs of out-of-school youth. DeJesus is the President and Founder of the Youth Development and Research Fund, Inc. (YDRF), the leading authority on urban youth employment and educational issues. Through advocacy, research and training, YDRF educates and empowers youth, youth service organizations and policy makers on how to create options beyond the streets. A sampling of Mr. DeJesus recent projects include: helping the National Youth and Employment Coalition identify and disseminate best practices in serving the educational and vocational needs of juvenile offenders; developing and creating the guidelines for the Source Youth Foundation; working with the Annie E. Casey Foundation to provide TA for a family-centered youth development initiative; training youth professionals from across the country through YDRF s National Institute for Survival and Economic Self-Sufficiency on how to use urban youth culture to promote education and workforce development; working with the Mott Foundation to research and disseminate school standards and their application to out-of-school youth ; and working with the Youth Opportunity Grantees as a personal coach. DeJesus is also the author of MAKiN It. MAKiN It draws on DeJesus findings in interviews and group discussions with nearly 200 at-risk youth across the nation who beat the odds to get an education, obtain and retain a job and attend college, and is a best-seller with youth programs and educators across the nation. DeJesus is particularly known for his ability to reach and capture youth and adult audiences. NPR s Tavis Smiley says: DeJesus has found a way to reach youth with the message parents and educators have been trying to convey for years: education and work experience makes a big difference. The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, The Miami Herald and Black Enterprise Magazine have all run features on Dejesus work. DeJesus received his BA from Fordham University and a M.S. from the New School for Social Research. He is a graduate of Rutgers University s Center for Strategic Urban Community Leadership Program and a W.K. Kellogg Foundation National Fellow.

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Countering the Urban Influence provides compelling examples of how youth workers can successfully help our nation's most vulnerable young people beat the odds by connecting them with critical supports and opportunities and tapping their unrecognized potential. But it also calls upon citizens, advocates, and policymakers to grapple with an even tougher challenge, and that is how to actually change the odds for these young people, whose talents and energies we need as a nation. ---Karen Pittman, the Forum for Youth Investment

DeJesus has created a survival kit for anyone interested in saving America's left-behind generation. With snapshots from his life experiences and real tried and true techniques, he hits home with the weight of a project building falling on your head. And once every brick has touched down, you have a clear idea of what must be done. --Erik Parker, Editor, Vibe Magazine

This is an expressive and instructive book that offers everyone who reads it a chance to consider what must be done to reach America's youth, especially those who did not fare well in traditional educational settings. DeJesus' message is that which many educators have been communicating for years: education and work experience makes a big difference. - --Reg Weaver, President, National Education Association

Countering the Urban Influence provides compelling examples of how youth workers can successfully help our nation's most vulnerable young people beat the odds by connecting them with critical supports and opportunities and tapping their unrecognized potential. But it also calls upon citizens, advocates, and policymakers to grapple with an even tougher challenge, and that is how to actually change the odds for these young people, whose talents and energies we need as a nation. ---Karen Pittman, the Forum for Youth Investment

DeJesus has created a survival kit for anyone interested in saving America's left-behind generation. With snapshots from his life experiences and real tried and true techniques, he hits home with the weight of a project building falling on your head. And once every brick has touched down, you have a clear idea of what must be done. --Erik Parker, Editor, Vibe Magazine

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