The Heroic Revolution: A New Agenda for Youthwork
by Rev. Nelson E. Copeland, Jr. (published by the James C. Winston Publishing Company, Inc., 1995)
As an urban youth worker, do you ever feel like many of the books on youth ministry you read don’t address the problems you face in the city? Do they often seem written to address life in the suburbs rather than the harsh realities of urban life? If so, then this book is for you.
Pulling from his own personal experience as an urban youth worker as well as his extensive reading in the literature of the field, Nelson Copeland presents a model for urban youth work from a Christian perspective that shows sensitivity to the challenges faced by urban youth workers.
Chapters include such topics as:
- Building Cultural Selfhood
- Youth Gangs and Leadership
- The Urban Youth Intellectual
- Producing a Practical Work Ethic in Urban Youth
- Disciplinary Integrity
Throughout the book, Copeland gives concrete examples from his own experience to make his points. He also includes several useful appendices such as Six Steps to Nonviolent Social Change, Six Principles of Nonviolence, and Ethnic Colleges and Universities.
Why does FASTEN recommend this resource?
Copeland addresses the unique challenge presented by youth work in an urban context and discusses the specific needs of urban youth (particularly minorities) that set them apart from suburban youth. He does a particularly good job at examining the threat and the opportunity posed by gangs.