The Ghetto Solution

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Describes incidents in the author's life that led him to help found Simba, a training program for ghetto youth

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"This book provides inspiration and hope that African American boys can be helped through the commitment of dedicated African American adults who care. 'The Ghetto Solution' should be read by all community workers engaged in helping black youth."--Alvin F. Poussaint, M.D.Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School 

"Roland Gilbert's story is inspirational. Everybody concerned about our future should read this book."--James P. Comer, M.D.Maurice Falk Professor of Child Psychiatry, Yale Child Study Center & Associate Dean, Yale School of Medicine 

"I enthusiastically recommend 'The Ghetto Solution.' This book is both a fundamental primer and startling wake-up call for adult black men and women that encourages and challenges us to make a vital commitment to urban, poor children."Deborah Prothrow-Stith, M.D.Director Violence Prevention Research Program Harvard School of Public Health 

"'The Ghetto Solution' offers candid and inspired insights, lessons, and advice for those who know that all of the world's children are our children."--Angela Glover BlackwellPresident, Urban Strategies Council

"Roland Gilbert is an extraordinary man with an extraordinary mission. This is a 'must read' for anyone concerned with finding a solution for our ghettos."--Vic ConantPresident, Nightingale-Conant Corp.

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Reared in a Los Angeles ghetto, Gilbert served a three-and-a-half-year prison term for robbery, after which he got a "second chance" at UC-Irvine. He graduated and, having been selected for President Carter's Presidential Management program, was on the way to a career when he became addicted to crack. Through a mix of religion and New Age self-help concepts, Gilbert reformed himself and then turned his attention to helping other ghetto kids. What they need, he argues, is to be reprogramed to value people more than money, to believe in their own power to change. He created a seminar program called Simba, the Swahili word for lion. While Gilbert's eclectic mixture of spirituality, self-help and Afrocentrism has apparently worked to help young men to negotiate the passage into adulthood and others to resolve conflicts, his account is too sketchy to be truly convincing. Tyehimba-Taylor is editor of Forward Magazine . Photos not seen by PW.
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