JBSI Student Learning Challenges & Self Help Tools

JBSI.org real-life challenges require self help. JBSI.org offers learning content uniquely designed for restorative learning in the classroom.

  • A Universe of Connection introduces a spacious framework for appreciating Diversity & Connection. Students research ways to be inclusive despite social or cultural differences and develop skill as a team member and individual contributor.  Offering this grassroots baseline Inclusion strategy support Equity Learning in the classroom.
  • The Concealed Weapons Experience (CWE) is a character study of the self help book Concealed Weapons: Celebrating the Courage of Today's Abandoned American Youth. This social debate challenge is inspiring, empowering and competitive. Designed leveraging self-help as a framework, the learning challenges build self-acceptance & social resilience in real-time. JBSI.org's 8-hour Personal & Professional Development challenged is customized by student audience. Our active-learning approaches empower mainstream youth overwhelmed by pressure to excel as well as disenfranchised youth suffering prolonged trauma.  Helping every teen identify their unique style & personality empowers their individual success.

Book Trailer, Testimonials & Critic Reviews

Concealed Weapons: Celebrating the Courage of Today's Abandoned American Youth

'But now is not forever' Ms. Karen promised. 'Now is not forever. Today, you get a say in what tomorrow will be like for you.'

Mark Twain wrote, “Truth is stranger than fiction…” Occasionally however, truth is best found in fiction. That feels like the case with this collection of short stories detailing the brutal truths of existence that some are forced to live with, as well as the transcendent power individuals possess to break free from circumstances that confine.

In these eight tales, both the plight of urban disenfranchisement and the potential for individual accomplishment share space. The stories run the gamut of what is and what can be. A young man stops dealing drugs and starts dealing in real estate. A high school principal harnesses the fire of entrepreneurship in his students. A child from an abusive home environment overcomes her history to secure her future. These vignettes explore what can be achieved with the powerful combination of individual character and collective support.

Reneé is an accomplished writer who speaks with many different voices. She is able to imbue her characters with authority, whether she’s portraying a grieving mother or an oily pimp. Her street language dialogue is often brutal and blunt yet always honest. She unapologetically returns to the healing role one’s belief in a higher power can bring, but it always feels organic to the story rather than any form of sermonizing. This author’s tales motivate as well as entertain, and hopefully they can awaken the concealed weapons we all share to better one another’s lot in life.           RECOMMENDED US Review ©2017 All Rights Reserved • The US Review of Books

Concealed Weapons is an anthology that presents short stories of youth overcoming adversity… The strength of the anthology lies in its characters. Each protagonist, from an aspiring doctor, an exploited runaway, to Alana herself, is someone the reader wants to see win and end up on the right side of the law. The theme “creativity in the face of adversity” runs throughout the book. The stories read smoothly with a down to earth dialogue and would catch the attention of its intended audience.  Reneé presents options to teenagers coming up in a society that often counts them out. ..It’s a solid entry to urban young adult fiction.               Pacific Book Review - 2017                                     

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