Join us for a reading and discussion of Getting Out: Youth Gangs, Violence, and Positive Change with author Keith Morton.
For eight years Keith Morton codirected a safe-space program for youth involved in gang or street violence in Providence, Rhode Island. Getting Out is a result of the innovative perspectives he developed as he worked alongside staff from a local nonviolence institute to help these young people make life-affirming choices. To support young people as they “unlearned” violence and pursued nonviolent alternatives, he developed what he calls a “Youth Positive” approach that prioritizes healing over punishment and recognizes them as full human beings. Informed by deep personal connections with these youth, Morton contends that to help them, we need to change our question from “What is wrong with you?” to “Are you okay?”
Keith Morton is professor of public and community service studies at Providence College.