By Ellen Barlow | October 17, 2014
This article, covering the Harvard Catalyst Child Health Program‘s daylong symposium, “Mental Health and the Developing Brain in the Second Decade of Life,” at Harvard Medical School on October 6, was originally posted in the Harvard Medical School News.
At a symposium spotlighting brain development in the second decade of life, former gang member Joe Sierra vividly illustrated the vulnerabilities of teenagers, yet opportunities for solutions. From age 12, when he was expelled from school, until two years ago, when he last left prison at age 23, Sierra’s world revolved around prison, gang fights, drug dealing, shooting and dodging bullets. Continue reading »