The Longest Road: To Hell and Back Again from Addiction to Advocacy (Paperback)

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The Longest Road: To Hell and Back Again from Addiction to Advocacy (Paperback)


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Recovery is the longest road towards a better future.

So says Joe Calendino, former full-patch Hells Angel and now award-winning youth community leader. In The Longest Road,, Joe remembers his young adulthood, when he spiralled out of control, consumed by drugs and alcohol, ending up strung out and desperate in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Now, as Executive Director of Yo Bro Yo Girl Youth Initiative, it’s his mission to protect at-risk youth from that same fate.

In The Longest Road, Calendino keeps it raw and real—he’s the first to admit that his path to advocacy was anything but straight. From the Hells Angels clubhouse to the darkest crack dens, Calendino reveals all his remarkable moments of struggle, intervention, recovery, and redemption.

Written with Calendino’s most trusted confidant and former high school counsellor Gary Little, building on their first book together, To Hell and Back, this new memoir shares not just Joe’s story but the stories of the hidden angels who saved his life and those of the young people he now strives to help. There are families who have lost loved ones to overdose, friends whose habits have landed them in gangs or in jail, and the call to action of a community who needs help, healing, and hope—now more than ever.

With this page-turning memoir, Calendino is living proof that sometimes all it takes is someone believing in you to completely change your life.

Joe Calendino is a former Hells Angel Nomad and the co-founder and Executive Director of Yo Bro Yo Girl Youth Initiative. A recovering addict, he has made it his life’s mission to support at-risk youth through programs designed to prevent them from following a path of gangs, drugs, and violence. In 2014, Calendino was honoured for his work with the Courage to Come Back Award from Coast Mental Health. Along with a business degree, Calendino holds a Substance Use Certificate from the Justice Institute of British Columbia. He published his first memoir, To Hell and Back, in 2017.

Gary Little is a writer and life-long educator who has served as a teacher, counsellor, principal, Associate Superintendent of Schools, Vancouver School Board, and Director of International Baccalaureate Educator Programs at the Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia. Little has also contributed his expertise as Board Member of Yo Bro Yo Girl Youth Initiative, President of the Vancouver Counsellors’ Association, and President of the Vancouver Association of Secondary School Administrators. Little was Joe Calendino’s high school counsellor at Templeton Secondary School in Vancouver, and is also co-author of Calendino’s first book, To Hell and Back.
Product Details ISBN: 9781774583340
ISBN-10: 1774583348
Publisher: Page Two
Publication Date: August 13th, 2024
Pages: 288
Language: English