10 Ways To Promote Youth Engagement

Adam Fletcher facilitating a youth engagement workshop in 2012.
Here’s 10 things you can do to promote youth engagement right now. These don’t require you to graduate high school, get a college degree, or change the whole entire world right now. Instead they are things you can do right now! 
  1. Learn about Youth
    Engagement.
    Did you know that Youth Engagement – or Youth Engagement – is
    more than classes voting or school-wide meetings? Learn about Youth Engagement on The Freechild Project website, through Wikipedia, or through a number of
    books.
  2. Brainstorm what your organization
    and community can do to change.
    The power of your imagination is an
    incredible tool to use! Brainstorm different ways your organization or school
    could be more engaging, and make a list or mind map.
  3. Talk to other youth
    about Youth Engagement.
    Ask your friends if they know about Youth
    Engagement. Share your ideas about which changes your community can make, and
    ask if they have any ideas themselves. Challenge them to ask you hard questions, and see if you can answer them, or tell them you’ll get back to them
    after your learn more.
  4. Find an adult ally.
    Create a real youth/adult partnership with an adult to help your efforts. Engaging
    an adult ally can make planning more effective and connections with other
    adults easier.
  5. Create a Youth
    Engagement plan for your organization or community.
    Maybe your school or
    the neighborhood nonprofit needs more Youth Engagement. Work with your friends
    to make a plan for who, what, when, where and how Youth Engagement can be used.
  6. Host a Youth
    Engagement workshop.
    Invite other youth and adults in your community to
    learn about Youth Engagement by facilitating a hands-on workshop.
    Research Youth Engagement learning activities and use them to help participants
    learn by experiencing democracy in education. Bring The Freechild Project to your community to train youth and adults.
  7. Present your plan to community
    decision-makers.
    Who makes decisions about how adults should treat youth in
    your community or in schools? Teachers, youth workers, government workers, politicians, and school
    board members can all effect Youth Engagement. Share your plan to them
    one-on-one or make a presentation to local organizations, committees, and
    others.
  8. Present your plan to
    community decision-makers.
    Who chooses which nonprofit organizations get
    government funding or philanthropic donations? Present your plan to them, as
    well as neighborhood association presidents, local businesspeople and youth
    organization leaders.
  9. Organize! If your
    efforts to work with the community aren’t working, organize. Find other people
    who care about Youth Engagement by sharing the idea every chance you get, and
    ask them to join you in promoting the concept in your community. Then determine
    a goal and take action to put Youth Engagement into action for everyone!
  10. Find allies online. Having
    a hard time finding other youth and adults who care? Look on The Freechild Project’s Facebook page or start your own group. People you can partner with
    are everywhere, and sometimes it’s just a matter of asking!

Good luck – and remember to share your story with Freechild
today!

CommonAction staff are available to train on Youth Engagement and much more. Learn what we can do for you by and call Adam at (360)489-9680.

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