I was talking a few weeks ago with one of the diploma-ed, and most likely
certified attendants at the detention home I'm contracted to work at with
the youth. He made the comment that about the 'therapy program' which
seemed to work with the highest rate of success was...simply...age.
Eventually, they grow out of it. True, some don't grow out of it and of
those many end up in the justice system big time. True, some don't live to
grow out of it. But for many, it just seems to be a...stage which they go
through. I think that I went through a similar stage of rebelliousness,
yes, and even some law breaking, but nothing major. Too often, these kids
are in a different situation, with different pressures and in situations in
which they can get into a lot more serious trouble, especially where the law
is concerned. Legally speaking, they are much more high profile than I was
growing up where I did.
Our charge, for all of us who are concerned, are parents, citizens,
community leaders, is to help them to avoid trouble and deal constructively
with problems so they can get through this stage without getting in too