This just in from our International Class colleague (class of 2013) Jorge Burciaga Montoya @jorgeburciaga: The Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juarez hosted a book publishing party last week for (another) International Class alumnus Miguel Cortés Vázquez (class of 2008) and co-author and colleague Teresa Almada Mireles (director, CASA, Promoción Juvenil A.C.). Their new book, Jóvenes: ¿violencia o convivencia? (Young People: Violence or Tolerance?), is designed to be a resource for teachers and points to development as an antidote to violence. Says Jorge:
Miguel and Teresa introduce a methodology that’s been effective in helping young people grow….One take-away they share: conflict doesn’t have to be a problem; it can be an opportunity for development.
In recent years, Ciudad Juárez has been notorious as a bloody center of drug-related crime. Community-based organizations such as CASA offer positive alternatives to young people and their families. (See Holzman’s: Development Grows in Juárez.)