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About The Author
Peter L. Benson (1946–2011)
Peter L. Benson was the president of Search Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the leading center in America devoted to strengthening how our nation supports children, adolescents, and young adults. He was widely recognized as one of the leading thinkers on social change, community building, and human development. He authored or edited fifteen books, including All Kids Are Our Kids: What Communities Must Do to Raise Caring and Responsible Children and Adolescents; Sparks: How Parents Can Help Ignite the Hidden Strengths of Teenagers; and The Handbook of Spiritual Development in Childhood and Adolescence. Benson died October 2, 2011 at the age of 65 following a year-long battle with colon cancer.