Training consultant K-Rahn Vallatine’s new book, Beyond The Crack Generation: Surviving A Trauma Organized Culture, takes readers on an autobiographical journey to explain how dysfunctional, counterproductive behavior became a cultural norm for prosperity and survival among youth. Addressing the pervasive and lingering impact that the crack cocaine epidemic had on mainstream Hip Hop culture and Urban America as a whole, it answers the echoing question: How did our young people lose their way? It also delivers the solution-based lens needed to reclaim and help heal today's disengaged youth and encourage them to "Live Above The Hype."
“K-Rahn’s not only been there and done that, but he’s lived to tell a compelling story of overcoming youthful mistakes and has returned with a roadmap to successful survival. And he does it without rancor, finger pointing or a sense of moral superiority.”
-DR. MICHAEL ERIC DYSON, professor of Sociology, Georgetown University
“K-Rahn Vallatine is one of America’s unsung leaders and heroes. I have long admired his work with young people in his native Southern California community, and with communities nationwide. There is a sincere love and respect he has for our youth, because he comes from the same environment and circumstances as many of them. This is why his new book, Beyond The Crack Generation: Surviving A Trauma Organized Culture, is so critical and so necessary. In it K-Rahn weaves his own autobiography with the biography of generations of urban American people who have been devastated by drugs and violence. Equally important are the action steps, are the solutions, and that is where his visionary voice is the loudest, not only highlighting the hardships and challenges, but a way forward, a way out. It is my humble hope that you will read this book with an open heart and an open mind, and join this leader’s crusade to uplift young people. Because in empowering them we are also empowering ourselves."
—KEVIN POWELL, author of The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy’s Journey into Manhood
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About the Author
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K-Rahn Vallatine has dedicated his life to encouraging at-risk youth to make healthy life decisions. He also serves diligently to educate service professionals on urban culture, community trauma and trauma informed care, while creating educational resources that help effectively engage this population. K-Rahn insists that effective youth engagement requires professionals to properly gauge and address the social and emotional needs of the student.
As a training consultant, K-Rahn has worked tirelessly to support his mission through staff training and school curriculum development, as well as public speaking. He is the author of the Live Above The Hype Hip Hop Life Skills Curriculum™, a curriculum that addresses goal setting, critical thinking and self image to stimulate in-depth self-reflection and positive value shifts in gang and drug-impacted communities. "The most motivating force a person can have is clear purpose." He is also the developer of the nationwide Urban Youth Culture Competency and Engagement™ training system and the author of his latest book Beyond The Crack Generation: Surviving A Trauma Organized Culture.
K-Rahn has years invested working professionally with incarcerated youth in the juvenile halls and detention camps of Los Angeles. He has been a presenter and keynote speaker for various state, national, and international conferences. In addition, he has hosted several university lectures and professional developments for thousands of youth service professionals. Throughout the years, he has worked in education as a teacher, as well as a Board member for a San Gabriel Valley charter school, has sat on the steering committee for the Trauma Informed Taskforce of Greater Los Angeles and currently serves as the training manager for Five Keys Schools and Programs.