Effort to Stem Youth Violence Helps Produce Book on Empowering Parents

    • December 31, 1998

Starting in mid 1995, the Task Force on Youth Violence formed by the National Parenting Association (NPA) sought to develop a set of strategies to help parents ensure the safety of their children and communities. Because of financial and political constraints, the task force's original goals were scaled down and merged into other NPA projects.

Key Results

  • The NPA accomplished some of its original objectives.

    • It organized seven seminars on youth violence that included input from experts in the field and parents.
    • Based in part on ideas and experiences that came from these seminars, the NPA produced and disseminated several publications on the need for parent empowerment.
      • Most notable among these publications is the book The War Against Parents: What We Can Do for America's Beleaguered Moms and Dads by Sylvia Ann Hewlett (the project director) and Cornel West, both of whom are prominent intellectuals in their field.
      • The book has sold more than 35,000 copies and was favorably reviewed by The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, "Good Morning America," and other print and broadcast media.