Small stories


Small stories: Reflections on the practice of youth development

By Lloyd Martin and Anthea Martin

Circle of Courage Publications, Michigan, USA, & Wellington, NZ, 229pp.

ISBN 9781613644225

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$29.95 + postage

Note: for orders outside Australia, please contact ACYS for information about pricing and postage.  

Small stories: Reflections on the practice of youth development

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

Evaluation report of the Youth Justice Liaison and Diversion Pilot Scheme

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

22 Mar 2012

Telstra will stop billing young people up to $100 to use Kids Helpline

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

22 Mar 2012

LIFE newsletter

The recent issue of the LIFE (Living Is For Everyone) newsletter features commentary from Chris Tanti, CEO of headspace, on 'Young people, the internet and suicide risk'.  Original article

22 Mar 2012

Youth Week 2012 calendar of events

The Youth Week website has an events calendar listing events that have been planned so far for this year's Youth Week. Events can be added and the calendar sorted by location.  Original article

22 Mar 2012

Young leaders pave the way for constitutional change

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

21 Mar 2012

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