YOUTH AT RISK
By Peter Christian Olsen
Youth At Risk is a resource designed for those who do ministry with at-risk young people, but is also addressed to those who work with all young people. In his capacity as youth minister and counselor, Olsen has become astutely aware of four basic needs that affect the development of all young people:
- Acceptance – belonging
- New beginnings and second chances – forgiveness
- Significance – generosity
- Freedom – independence
Olsen examines the derivation of these developmental needs and how they or their absence contribute to shaping personality, maturation, responsibility, and emotional stability of young people. He emphasizes the imperative of the Christian community to respond to these needs, and provides helpful narrative illustrations for accomplishing this difficult, yet rewarding mission.