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Hatherleigh Press, Summer 2019

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Teen Violence in America
How Do We Save Our Children?
By (author): Joseph Kolb
9781578268115 Hardcover English General Trade SOCIAL SCIENCE / Violence in Society Sep 24, 2019
$28.00 CAD
Active 6.26 x 9.27 x 0.9 in 272 pages Hatherleigh Books Hatherleigh Press
“A powerful and important book that explains the epidemic rise and complex underlying causes of youth violence, and opens a discussion on strategies to protect our children from physical and emotional harm.”

Our children are our future. Yet every day, new reports come in describing violent assaults against youths, or dramatic increases in gang recruitment of teens, or the terrible, hostile environments children are forced to grow up in.

Teen Violence in America is a careful examination of the causes of this epidemic rise in youth violence. But more than that, it opens a discussion on strategies that have been proven most effective for protecting our children from physical and emotional harm.

Each of us has a responsibility to do all we can to ensure that children are raised happy, healthy and emotionally whole. Change is needed, as is a renewed commitment to our youth—and the only way that can happen is if we understand the dangers our children face in their daily lives.

Teen Violence in America identifies those circumstances that place youths at risk for violent behavior, what ignites this predilection into violent action, and identifies strategies that can be employed to mitigate the damage and put them on a positive life track.

From family life to school environment and opportunities, cultural and political influences, drugs and gangs, Teen Violence in America looks deeply into the different factors contributing to this epidemic.

AN IMPORTANT RESOURCE FOR A CRITICAL ISSUE. With the understanding that children are our future comes a responsibility to do all we can to ensure children are raised happy, healthy and emotionally whole. The book examines the current and potential obstacles to this in a comprehensive, compassionate way.

COMPLEX QUESTIONS IN SIMPLE TERMS. Violence in teens is a complex issue with a number of interrelated factors, both obvious and subtle. By examining these issues both in part and as a whole, in simple, everyday language, we better our understanding of the difficulties modern teens face every day.

STARTS THE DISCUSSION. It isn’t enough to just examine the issues plaguing modern teens; the book also presents practical recommendations for next steps and actionable items to improve life for teens and provide them the opportunity for a better future.

Joseph Kolb is the Executive Director for the Southwest Gang Information Center. Joseph is an instructor in the Criminal Justice Program at Western New Mexico University specializing in Crime and Minorities, Border Security, American Crime Policy, and Transnational Criminal Organizations. He has contributed criminal justice related articles to The New York Times, Reuters News Services, Journal for Homeland Security and Counter Terrorism, Homeland Security Today, and Police One.

Author Residence: Albuquerque, NM

Author Hometown: Albuquerque, NM

Marketing: Feature on Hatherleigh Press website,

Viral marketing to parenting and teenage communities

Email announcement to 20,000+ Hatherleigh consumer mailing list

Author-led workshops and book tour

Social media outreach (twitter, youtube, instagram, facebook)

Publicity: Review copies available to key media, targeting feature, parenting, and social science editors

Postcards to key media and author’s mailing list

Release is broadcasted via email one month prior to publication to 10,000 to 15,000 media outlets

Feature stories emailed and placed in hundreds of weekly and daily newspapers

“…a concise picture of why teens resort to violence while providing functional strategies to prevent and mitigate tragedies.”
—Mike Tapia, Ph.D.

“…presents common sense solutions to the complex issues that spark teen violence.”
—Roberto Hernandez, veteran Florida law enforcement official

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