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What are we doing wrong with the youth?

Why is urban youth violence still so rampant?


“If the many professionals in my immediate circle don’t know the extent of what the kids are dealing with, then it stands to reason that countless more don’t. This means the kids they’re working with are losing out on effective service and constructive interactions.” – Dr. Shirley Plantin


The Backstory of a New Reality unveils complex and unfiltered truths about urban youth violence. Dr. Shirley Plantin dispenses practical insight to youth advocates from all professional and personal backgrounds.


The Backstory of a New Reality Workbook is a great thought provoking companion to the book. Pairing these two books together gives you great insight into the real world of our at-risk and troubled youth.

"The Backstory of New Reality" Workbook

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