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In this complex world of today, with so many “at risk” tweens and teens grappling with issues, problems and crises, can a fresh perspective on their trials and tribulations help to turn them around?

Shelves and shelves of books have been written about children who are at risk of violent and criminal behavior, but their authors are writing from their academic perches — rather than addressing real experiences in the streets and in the homes of at-risk families.

YOUTH IN JEOPARDY offers a practical alternative. Instead of presenting dry academic studies about the “at risk” population, it draws on the author’s 20+ years of experience in violence prevention work in the Bronx and East Harlem. Filled with gut-wrenching anecdotes, it delivers what parents, therapists, and teachers nationwide desperately seek: fresh, practical approaches to violence prevention for rebellious tweens and teens.

Why is Youth in Jeopardy so necessary at this particular time? The book is designed to address the frustration of Americans who are besieged with daily headlines of yet another deadly act of violence – and who yearn to understand the causes – and especially the remedies – that might bring an end to these senseless tragedies.

What Readers Are Saying

“If the current uptick in violence is to be reversed, it is important that parents, caseworkers, and educators reach potential criminals during their early teenage years. Derek Schuster and his staff have done so and through this book are now sharing how they have been able to impact at-risk youngsters.”

~Tom Kean, former Governor of New Jersey and Co-Chairman of the 9-11 Commission

“It is so easy to feel helpless when one hears accounts of the rising tide of bullying in schools. The cascade of negative behavior that begins with bullying and ends tragically with suicide seems to be on the rise. Derek Schuster’s Youth In Jeopardy may, in my opinion, be a useful antidote, by showing adults how to take control. It is a powerful read.”

~John Heminway, Author of 6 Books and Creator of National Geographic Films

“Many books have been written about parenting, but few have been directed at the parents of children who are at risk of violent and criminal behavior. But Derek Schuster’s book is based on his program’s experience in the homes and streets of the most vulnerable neighborhoods of New York City.”

~Brooks Perlin, CEO, ECO Supply

“Derek’s book is not just a guide, it’s a catalyst for real, measurable change in your relationship with teenagers. It’s an invitation to adopt new behaviors and approaches, with the assurance that these strategies have been tried and tested in the real world. Derek doesn’t just offer theories; he provides proven solutions that have reshaped lives. If you’re ready to see tangible results and truly make a difference in the lives of teenagers, this book is an invaluable resource and a must-read.”

~Rodger Desai, CEO, PROVE

“In this information-packed volume, Derek Schuster presents vivid anecdotes which illustrate the myriad challenges teens face. Though a huge number of teens are currently in crisis, parents and mental health professionals will be encouraged by Derek’s description of firm and compassionate support.”

~Nancy Nereo, Ph.D, Dept. of Clinical and Counseling Psychology Teachers College, Columbia University