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Al Desetta, M.A.

Al Desetta, M.A., was an editor at Youth Communication, a New York–based nonprofit organization that teaches writing, journalism, and leadership skills to inner-city teens, from 1985 until 2002. He is currently a freelance editor.

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A Leader’s Guide to The Courage to Be Yourself

Activities, exercises, and discussions help teens go deeper into the stories, relate them to their lives, and build skills for overcoming conflict.

A Leader’s Guide to The Struggle to Be Strong

Activities, exercises, and questions invite teens to go deeper into the stories and issues of the updated edition of The Struggle to Be Strong.

The Courage to Be Yourself

In twenty-six first-person stories, real teens write about their lives and teenage peer pressure with searing honesty.

The Struggle to Be Strong

Through thirty first-person teen narratives, including new stories on social media and gender identity, readers learn about seven resiliencies everyone needs to survive and thrive.

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