Sleepy is distributed throughout various school districts. The novel and workbook are currently part of the curriculum at Bloomington High School, Joe Baca Middle School, Colton High School and Washington alternative.
I have over thirty years experience working with at-risk youth in the Inland Empire community. My experience derives from Latchkey programs, group homes, probation, and gang prevention programs. Currently, I am a campus security officer at a continuation school.
Twenty years ago, however, I worked as an outreach worker and was assigned a fourteen-year-old girl who was viewed as a difficult case. I worked with her and her family for the next five years. Her moniker on the streets was “Sleepy.”
For the next ten years, I jotted down my time with Sleepy, influences in her life, and how it is a constant cycle for youth living amongst gangs. My notes turned into a full binder I would distribute to kids at Juvenile Hall, then later at placement.
Furthermore, art design and critiqued by Washington alternative's English and Art teacher, I am proud to share Sleepy is a self-published, homegrown, memoir.
Self-learning, Evidence Based, Strategic teaching
Notable article in Colton Courier newspaper, Vol.143, NO.39
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Sleepy is based on real life events that distinguish the impact of a gang lifestyle and never-ending quest to overcome challenges. Read Sleepy and continue to let her be an example of the power of choice.
Purchase on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Sleepy-Michael-J-Rossano/dp/1512183601