Educators around the country hail Ask Nicky. . . A Young Person's Workbook for Building Dreams as a story that speaks the language of teenagers.
Nicole Taylor, an ex-Bloods gang member, has a riveting story to tell. Her true stories of gang life, as well as stories about violence and drug abuse in the family and problems fitting in at school, are wrapped in fun activities that teach important life skills. Young people are immediately interested in Nicole's true story and will enjoy activities that show them how to make decisions, keep self-esteem high, resist peer pressure, set goals, resolve conflicts, handle stress, and solve problems. Photographs of Nicole's friends and family accompany the story. Teens will feel as though they know Nicky personally by the end of the book.
Frances Caldwell, co-author, provides background material, thought provoking questions for group discussion and personal writing, and 100s of activities to do alone or in a group.
Steve Nawojczyk, well-known lecturer and consultant on gangs and violence and subject of the award winning HBO documentary Gang War: Bangin' in Little Rock, has worked with gang-affected communities in over 30 states. Endorsing Ask Nicky, he says, "Ask Nicky is just what many kids need. Nicky's straightforward, first-person story adds a great deal of credibility to this important and much needed approach to violence prevention. Young people are moved by stories of other young people who have turned their lives around and become part of the solution."
This workbook can be used by a youth alone or working with an adult. A parent, mentor, teacher or counselor working with either a single young person or with a group of teens will find the Ask Nicky Parent-Teacher Guide, a companion to this book, brimming with information on how to work with teenagers.
The book targets youth particularly at the middle school level, but older teens will also find the stories appealing. An email component invites young people to communicate with Nicky personally.
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We have endeavored to make this book reader-friendly. The 4-color cover features a photograph of Nicky smiling in the sunlight shining through a ragged hole torn in the dark background of gangs and violence. The reading level and page layout in the youth section are designed for easy reading and immediate appeal. The story itself is divided into numerous short stories, each with wide discussion possibilities stimulated by the questions following each one.From the Author:
Nicole Taylor found Frances Caldwell through an ad offering assistance in writing senior citizen memoirs. She called her and asked for help in getting her story into print. She believed her true story would tell young people the truth about violence and its consequences. Nicole has been shot twice and incarcerated three times. Now she devotes all her energy to helping kids stay safe.
Frances Caldwell taught in the public schools for 16 years before she devoted herself full-time to writing. She has worked with youth in at-risk programs as well as incarcerated youth, and written programs for numerous schools and agencies.
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Book Description Aywn Pubns, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1893471012
Book Description Aywn Pubns, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111893471012