- Continuing National Tour Providing Books at No Cost to Homeless and At-Risk Youth (& Social Workers)
- While hid homelessness grows and funding decreases, Early's story serves as a real-life reminder of the obstacles faced by young people living in the streets.
- Protect students from anti-gay bullying
Cathy Renna, Renna Communications
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M. Ryder illustration: bullying Photo: M. Myder, Tribune Media Services
May 10, 2013 | Today the acclaimed book “Street Child: A Memoir” was re-released with new chapters and photos by author and activist Just Reed Early. This is a revised and updated version of the book, which has enjoyed success and recognition over the past 4 years, as the issue of youth homelessness is getting more of the attention it deserves. The re-release of “Street Child” includes an epilogue about Early’s repaired relationship with his mother, as well as stories about the current lives of the people with whom he survived homelessness.
Early’s childhood was marred by abuse. He was bullied and assaulted by his own family. He was victimized by Juvenile Court Judge Gary Little who presided over his custody. Judge Little later killed himself upon being exposed as a pedophile and predator by a local newspaper. Early found comfort with his chosen family of homeless youth on the dangerous streets, and found his escape from his pain in street drugs. Most of his friends lost their battles to the more dangerous elements of street culture - but he made it out alive to tell his story – and theirs. Now a successful businessman, he knows not enough is being done to acknowledge and inspire the 1.6 million children each year who experience homelessness in America. More must be done to let them know they can have better, safer lives. Because of this, Early was driven to share his in-depth and personal view of his experiences within the juvenile justice and foster care systems. He strives to share his story with other homeless and at risk young people who find themselves trapped in the revolving door of systematic failure. He also gives his friends a new voice – as many of theirs have been silenced.
Protect students from anti-gay bullying, Los Angeles (CA) Times
June 18, 2013 | We need to ensure that all students can study in a safe environment.