“Youth Voice”, as it were, cannot be engaged in schools.
Once a young person walks through the doors of a public school building, they are automatically thrust into the role of learner, which we call “student”. This is a public role that benefits society, similar to the roles of voter, public servant, or politician.
The private roles of young people, including that of youth, child, kid, kiddo, yute, youngin’, etc., are completely different from their role of student. When I work in schools I am not looking for youth voice; rather, I am seeking to engage youth voice in the place youth voice exists: schools.
Therefore, I am seeking student voice – a subtle, yet important distinction. Learn more from the SoundOut website.