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Book Title: Almost Home: Helping Kids Move from Homelessness to Hope|
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The author of the book: Kevin M. Ryan
Date of issue: September 1st 2012
ISBN 13: 9781118230473
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Inside the lives of homeless teens—moving stories of pain and hope from Covenant HouseAlmost Home tells the stories of six remarkable young people from across the United States and Canada as they confront life alone on the streets. Each eventually finds his or her way to Covenant House, the largest charity serving homeless and runaway youth in North America. From the son of a crack addict who fights his own descent into drug addiction to a teen mother reaching for a new life, their stories veer between devastating and inspiring as they each struggle to find a place called home.
Includes a foreword by Newark Mayor Cory Booker
Shares the personal stories of six homeless youths grappling with issues such as drug addiction, family violence, prostitution, rejection based on sexual orientation, teen parenthood, and aging out of foster care into a future with limited skills and no support system
Gives voice to the estimated 1.6 million young people in the United States and Canada who run away or are kicked out of their homes each year
Includes striking photographs, stories of firsthand experiences mentoring and working with homeless and troubled youth, and practical suggestions on how to get involved
Discusses the root causes of homelessness among young people, and policy recommendations to address them
Provides action steps readers can take to fight youth homelessness and assist individual homeless young people
Written by Kevin Ryan, president of Covenant House, and Pulitzer Prize nominee and former New York Times writer Tina Kelley
Inviting us to get to know homeless teens as more than an accumulation of statistics and societal issues, this book gives a human face to a huge but largely invisible problem and offers practical insights into how to prevent homelessness and help homeless youth move to a hopeful future. For instance, one kid in the book goes on to become a college football player and counselor to at-risk adolescents and another becomes a state kickboxing champion. All the stories inspire us with victories of the human spirit, large and small. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each book will help support kids who benefit from Covenant House's shelter and outreach services.
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Read information about the authorKevin Ryan, a father, activist and child advocate, is president and CEO of Covenant House, one of the largest charities in the Americas. Covenant House helps more than 56,000 homeless and trafficked children and teenagers annually in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Nicaragua, Honduras, and Guatemala. The charity’s international human rights work has been awarded the Conrad Hilton Humanitarian Award, the Olaf Palme Peace Prize, the United States Department of State Hero Citation, and, earlier this year, the Guatemala Hands of Peace Award.
During the 1990s, Ryan spent nearly a decade on the frontlines of Covenant House’s work with homeless and trafficked children on the streets of New York and New Jersey before he was appointed by the governor of New Jersey as the state’s first child advocate. In that role, he founded a public watchdog agency charged with monitoring conditions for children at risk of abuse and neglect. His work received national attention, including two appearances on “60 Minutes,” front-page stories in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Philadelphia Inquirer, when he uncovered conditions of severe and illegal overcrowding in the state’s juvenile centers. He is a graduate of Catholic University (BA), Georgetown Law Center (JD) and NYU Law School (LLM), as well as a former Skadden Fellow and Wasserstein Fellow at Harvard Law School.
In 2006, he was nominated by the governor of New Jersey to lead a reform of the state’s foster care system as the state's first Commissioner of Children and Families. During his tenure, New Jersey set new state records for adoptions, net gains in foster families, and safety for children in foster care. He currently serves by appointment of federal courts as the monitor of reform efforts underway in Michigan and Oklahoma as a member of Public Catalyst.
He returned to the charity of his heart, Covenant House, as its fourth international president in 2009. In October 2012, John Wiley & Sons published Almost Home, a book by Ryan and former New York Times reporter Tina Kelley. Three years in the making, the book chronicles the extraordinary true journey of six formerly homeless teenagers in the United States and Canada as they overcome abuse, violence, and heartbreak to achieve their dreams.