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What's Lucy Reading?

Lucy Friedman

Lucy Friedman is president of ExpandED Schools.

America’s Promise Alliance, a research institute housed at the Boston University School of Education, released a report entitled Barriers to Success: Moving Toward a Deeper Understanding of Adversity’s Effect on Adolescents. It serves as a potent reminder both to the challenges of working with adolescents, but also to the great promise of schools and community organizations in helping to mitigate these negative effects.When kids (or adults, for that matter) are diagnosed with a mental disorder such as ADHD, anxiety, autism or depression, the focus usually lies on the deficits. Dr. Gail Saltz, a psychiatrist, turns that around in her book The Power of Different. Through scientific research and profiles of noted geniuses, she demonstrates how these deficits are closely linked with high levels of creativity, empathy and cognitive abilities. It provides a roadmap for parents/caregivers of those with diagnosed disorders to help these youngsters to flourish, not in spite of their differences, but because of them.

Bryan Stevenson is a lawyer and the executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, an organization committed to ending mass incarceration and challenging racial and economic injustice. In his book, Just Mercy, Stevenson tells the story of one of his first cases – a young man named Walter McMillian sentenced to die for a crime he insisted he didn’t commit. The experience informed Stevenson’s career and passion, and highlights the injustice that is unfortunately rooted within our justice system. 



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