Alicia Wilson-Ahlstrom set out to "play it safe" with her first blog, focusing on a theoretical discussion about youth program quality. Then life smacked her in the face.
"I've been distracted by the most devastating news I've heard about a young person I've known personally in my 20 years in the field," Alicia writes. How is it possible that a boy she calls "L," a boy once well-connected and on track to success, is about to stand trial for murder? Alicia's reflections about how youth can disconnect challenges us "to think more deeply about not merely the importance of good programs, but why deeply connected systems - those that might shore up the leaks in the pipeline of supports for youth - are critically important."