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Barbara Davenport

DSC_0001Grit and Hope: A Year with Five Latino Students and the Program that Helped Them Aim for College, will be published by University of California Press in 2016. She’s written for Stanford magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, USD MagazineLux Veria, the San Diego Union Tribune, and San Diego alt weeklies Citybeat and The Reader, as well as various obscure lit mags. As Barbara D. Rosof she wrote The Worst Loss: How Families Heal from the Death of a Child.

She practiced psychotherapy in the Midwest, then in San Diego. In that work and in helping her own daughters through their teens, she became particularly interested in launching, the time when adolescents must navigate from high school and their families to make their place in the larger world. Her interest in how adolescents launch drew her to Reality Changers: “The first time I talked with Chris Yanov, I knew that Reality Changers was a great story. The students were immigrants or the children of immigrants, all of them from low-income families. They weren’t cherry-picked high achievers; many of them were chronic truants or gang-affiliated when Yanov invited them to join. He was helping them to launch into college against very steep odds, and they were succeeding. I wanted to know how the students did it and how Reality Changers did it.”

Barbara is a graduate of Bennington College and Simmons College School of Social Work, and holds a certificate in child psychotherapy from the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. She has two adult daughters and she lives in San Diego.

When she’s not writing, Barbara Davenport loves to talk — especially about the courageous, gritty, determined students of Reality Changers, whose stories are the heart of Grit and Hope. Invite her to speak to your book club, church, college class, fraternal group, library event, and more.