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“Education is the most powerful weapon which you
can use to change the world.”
-Nelson Mandela

The Sara Holbrook Community Center and its programs work to prevent and address many problems and hardships within our community: the need for affordable child care, the struggles of the working poor and newly arrived families, child abuse, youth leadership, food security, and more. To learn more about these issues and the plight of refugees, the Center recommends the following literature and media.


A Framework for Understanding Poverty
Author: Ruby Payne, Ph.D.

Nickeled & Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America
Author: Barbara Ehrenreich

Refugee: The Ugliest Word
Author/Poet: Aftaba Mezetovic 

Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls
Author: Mary Pipher, Ph.D.

A Tribe Apart: A Journey into the Heart of American Adolescence
Author: Patricia Hersch