This leader's guide accompanies "Struggle to Be Strong" by Al Desetta, Sybil Wolin, and Keith Hefner. This program is designed to give adults the knowledge and skills they need to help teens confront their own problems and move forward. Thirty sessions link the stories with seven traits all teens need: insight, independence, relationships, initiative, creativity, humor, and morality. Leaders may teach all 30 stories and sessions as a complete course in resilience, or choose only those that are most relevant or appropriate for your group. For teachers, social workers, youth group leaders, clinicians, prevention specialists, counselors, independent living coordinators, and other adults who work with teens.
Activities, exercises, and questions invite teens to go deeper into the stories in , relate them to their lives, recognize their own potential for resilience, and start building resiliency skills.
Sybil Wolin, Ph.D., is a developmental psychologist and co-director of Project Resilience, a private initiative based in Washington, D.C., that trains professionals to help youth and adults overcome hardships.
Al Desetta, M.A., is an editor at Youth Communication, a New York-based nonprofit organization that teaches writing, journalism, and leadership skills to inner-city teens.
Keith Hefner is Executive Director of Youth Communication, a New York-based nonprofit organization that teaches writing, journalism, and leadership skills to inner-city teens. He is also the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship for his work in youth development.