Publications By CommonAction


CommonAction Consulting has released a number of publications over the years that are focused on engaging young people in social change, community action, school reform, and more. The following is a list of our publications, most of which are available for free at the URLs listed. Contact us with any questions!

Freechild Project Youth Engagement Workshop Guide (Adam Fletcher, 2010, 71 pgs) The Freechild Project Youth Engagement Workshop Guide features 24 workshop outlines designed to help learning groups explore different aspects of Youth Engagement. All exercises are hands-on, interactive, and focused on practical applications. The workshops are designed for learners of all ages, including youth-only and adult-only groups. Available as a free PDF at http://www.freechild.org/FPYEWG.htm

Freechild Project Youth Voice Toolbox (Adam Fletcher, 2010, online) The Youth Voice Toolbox is an online resource comprised of a series of one-pagers on youth action, youth engagement, youth empowerment, and more. These tools identify a number of innovative practices, practical considerations and critical concepts related to youth voice, particularly among historically disengaged young people. Available as a free website at http://www.freechild.org/YouthVoice/ 
United We Serve: PTA Call to Service Toolkit (Adam Fletcher, 2009, 52 pgs) This Toolkit is designed specifically for PTA members and leaders to provide tips, techniques and ideas to plan your own service project. This Toolkit is a guide to create successful and thoughtful service projects. It can be used as a complete package, or can be used as needed to provide guidance on a specific aspect of the service project. The examples, sample timeline, and questions asked throughout this toolkit can provide guidance and a framework to brainstorm and keep track of your progress. Available as a free PDF at http://www.pta.org/3213.htm
Environmentalism: How You Can Make a Difference (Mary McIntyre Coley consulted by Adam Fletcher, 2009, 32 pgs) From animal rights to environmentalism, we all have the ability to make change, and these books show you how. Inspiring stories of real kids engaged in activism, plus concrete tips and strategies for getting involved, will start you on your way to making a difference in your world. Published by Capstone Press with ordering information available at http://www.capstonepub.com/product/9781429628006 
Political Activism: How You Can Make a Difference (Heather Schwartzconsulted by Adam Fletcher, 2009, 32 pgs) From animal rights to environmentalism, we all have the ability to make change, and these books show you how. Inspiring stories of real kids engaged in activism, plus concrete tips and strategies for getting involved, will start you on your way to making a difference in your world. Published by Capstone Press with ordering information available at http://www.capstonepub.com/product/9781429628006 
Animal Rights: How You Can Make a Difference (Rhonda Lucas Donald consulted by Adam Fletcher, 2009, 32 pgs) From animal rights to environmentalism, we all have the ability to make change, and these books show you how. Inspiring stories of real kids engaged in activism, plus concrete tips and strategies for getting involved, will start you on your way to making a difference in your world. Published by Capstone Press with ordering information available at http://www.capstonepub.com/product/9781429628006 
Social Justice: How You Can Make a Difference (Lynn Bogen Sanders consulted by Adam Fletcher, 2009, 32 pgs) From animal rights to environmentalism, we all have the ability to make change, and these books show you how. Inspiring stories of real kids engaged in activism, plus concrete tips and strategies for getting involved, will start you on your way to making a difference in your world. Published by Capstone Press with ordering information available at http://www.capstonepub.com/product/9781429628006
SoundOut Student Voice Curriculum (Adam Fletcher, 2007, 215 pgs) The SoundOut Student Voice Curriculum is a collection of 27 lesson plans, a facilitator’s guide, a student handbook and a planning guide designed to teach high school students about how they can become partners in school improvement. A free module and ordering information available at http://www.soundout.org/curriculum.html
15 Points to Successfully Involving Young People in Decision-Making (Karen Young and Jenny Sazama with Adam Fletcher, 2007, 150 pgs) 15 Points collects the essentials of our knowledge in an easy-to-use format and aims to challenge and inspire your work with the young people and adults in your organization or school. Published by Youth On Board with ordering information available at http://tinyurl.com/YOB15points

Washington Youth Voice Handbook – (Adam Fletcher, 2006, 189 pgs) The first introductory guide to Youth Voice shares what, why, who, when, where, and how Youth Voice happens throughout our communities.Highlighting examples and lessons from across Washington State, CommonAction provides insights and ideas for young people, youth workers, teachers, and anyone else interested in truly empowering youth to make a difference. Available as a free PDF at http://www.freechild.org/WYVH.htm
Guide to Social Change Led By and With Young People – (Adam Fletcher with Joseph Vavrus, 2006, 16 pgs) This short guide looks at social change and progressively-oriented activities intended to build democracy by young people. The publication is split into four major sections: The Cycle of Youth Engagement is a tool that documents the trends that have been identified in successful youth engagement and can be used to plan, evaluate, or challenge any activity that seeks to engage you people in social change; issues addressed by social change led by and with young people; actions led by and with young people to create social change; other tools to develop, expand, and challenge the field. Available as a free PDF at http://www.freechild.org/socialchangeguide.htm

Guide to Cooperative Games for Social Change – (Adam Fletcher with Kari Kunst, 2006, 20 pgs) These activities provide a basic exploration of trust, teambuilding, communication, and social change by actively involving all participants. Young people, community youth workers, classroom teachers, and others are encouraged to use this tool to promote youth engagement, community improvement, and active participation. Available as a free PDF at http://freechild.org/gamesguide.htm

Meaningful Student Involvement Guide to Students as Partners in School Change – (Adam Fletcher, 2005, 28 pgs) This guide provides the theory, research, and numerous practical examples for working with students to take action together to improve schools, written by a leading practitioner in the field of youth voice and student involvement. Published with HumanLinks Foundation and available as a free PDF at http://www.soundout.org/series.html
Stories of Meaningful Student Involvement – (Adam Fletcher, 2005, 40 pgs) This booklet provides examples of several roles that uplift the aims of Meaningful Student Involvement. They include students as education planners, students as education researchers, students as classroom teachers, students as school evaluators, students as education decision-makers, and students as education advocates. Each example includes a description of the role, examples of students in action, and resources for readers to learn more. Published with HumanLinks Foundation and available as a free PDF at http://www.soundout.org/series.html
Meaningful Student Involvement Research Guide – (Adam Fletcher, 2004, 36 pgs) This publication reviews literature that broadly summarizes, examines, and accesses examples of Meaningful Student Involvement. The articles, journals, and books reviewed come from both scholarly researches that represent a scientific, theory-based approach; and applied research that employs case studies resulting in theories. The goal of this research guide is to identify what literature exists and evaluate its value in advocating for Meaningful Student Involvement. Published with HumanLinks Foundation and available as a free PDF at http://www.soundout.org/series.html
Meaningful Student Involvement Resource Guide – (Adam Fletcher, 2004, 34 pgs) This guide provides descriptions and annotations for dozens of publications, toolkits, organizations, and websites that support student voice throughout education. Published with HumanLinks Foundation and available as a free PDF at http://www.soundout.org/series.html
Firestarter Youth Power Curriculum (Adam Fletcher, 2005, online) Firestarter was created to provide young people, youth workers and teachers with accessible, powerful tools to engage young people. The collection of materials forms a loose curriculum that can be used to promote youth engagement, increase youth knowledge and ability, and develop group teamwork. Includes a facilitator’s guide. Available as a free PDF at http://www.freechild.org/Firestarter/home.htm

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