Small stories: Reflections on the practice of youth development
By Lloyd Martin and Anthea Martin
Circle of Courage Publications, Michigan, USA, & Wellington, NZ, 229pp.
$29.95 + postage
A collection of funny and sad stories which spans 30 years of teaching and youth work by Lloyd and Anthea Martin in the community of Cannons Creek, Porirua, New Zealand. Each story is interspersed with reflections that link practice with theory, drawing from fields as diverse as behavioural sciences, theology, and community development.
Lloyd and Anthea’s book is an invitation to actively embrace the opportunities for learning that exist right under our nose, in the ‘small’ stories that surround us every day.
Howard Sercombe, Professor of Community Education, University of Strathclyde, Scotland
An essential road map to navigating the complex and ever changing world of youth, and direct hands-on engagement with young people.
Sharon Davis, Teen Parent Services, Te Ora Hou Aotearoa/ New Zealand
Small stories use the power of narrative to convey deep truths hidden beneath troubling statistics and diagnostic labels.
Professor Rob White, Director, Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies
Table of contents
Part I – the principles of care
Chapter 1: Becoming present
Chapter 2: Stories around connection
Part 2 – the practice of care
Chapter 3: Communities that care – development
Chapter 4: Communities that care – coercion and influence …
Chapter 5: Communities that care – Citizenship
Chapter 6: Organisations that care
Chapter 7: Caring for ourselves
Postscript: A last word about stories
Sources and resources
This report from the UK looks at the provision of healthcare within the youth justice system, and the results of a pilot program to identify and meet a range of health and developmental issues. Original article
A spokesman from Telstra told The Sunday Telegraph the company would stop the charges to the 1800 number from mobile phones. The cost would be covered by Telstra's $250 million support fund for underprivileged customers. Original article
You Me Unity reports on a forum organised by the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE) in Redfern and supported by Reconciliation Australia that brought together 76 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples for four days, representing all Australian states and territories. Original article