The Ongoing Journey: Awakening Spiritual Life in At-Risk Youth

Everson, Thomas I. The Ongoing Journey: Awakening Spiritual Life in At-Risk Youth. Boys Town, NE: Boys Town Press, 1995.

This collection of essays on the spiritual and moral life of at-risk young people was drawn from four symposia held at Boys Town, Nebraska, between 1989 and 1993. The volume is divided into three sections: "Essentials for the Journey," "Multicultural Perspectives," and "From Theory to Practice." Essays by Robert Coles on spiritual education are followed by a framework for understanding and facilitating conscience formation by the Reverend Charles Shelton and a challenge to youth workers to foster spiritual growth by David Elkind. The four essays in the multicultural section examine the cultural experiences of Hispanic/Latino, African American, Asian American, and Native American youth. Contributors here include Veronica Mendez, RCD, Nsenga Warfield-Coppock, the Reverend Donald Ng, and the Reverend Reaves Nahwooks. The third section contains work by Lorraine Monroe, the Reverend Bruce Wall, and the Reverend Buster Soaries. These individuals draw on extensive personal experience to provide insights into the issues facing practitioners. In an final essay, Thomas I. Everson articulates a practical skills-based approach for fostering moral development within the lives of at-risk youth.