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!  Learn about Youth Engagement. DidContinue reading “10 Ways To Promote Youth Engagement”

Professional Development on Student Voice

Adam Fletcher facilitating a professional development session in 2011. Find out what more than 100 K-12 schools, districts, and state education agencies across the US and Canada already know! Teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals, and school support staff who are looking for professional development on student voice have found their answer with CommonAction Consulting and our SoundOutContinue reading “Professional Development on Student Voice”

“Youth Voice” Isn’t Enough to Stop Youth Disengagement

Youth voice is not enough. Adults working to build communities with young people have learned that it is important to engage youth as self-advocates and peer teachers, community culture monitors, and youth organization cheerleaders. As youth organizations become more savvy, more youth are being effectively taught to challenge themselves, working with their peers to createContinue reading ““Youth Voice” Isn’t Enough to Stop Youth Disengagement”

Youth Kicking Butt in 2012 (for Brad)

Across the United States there are a number of innovative youth leadership programs that excite me. I get to interact with them sometimes, and other times I merely study them, read about them, or just hear about them from my friends and colleagues in the field. For just over a decade, I’ve been working toContinue reading “Youth Kicking Butt in 2012 (for Brad)”

20 Steps Towards Youth Engagement

Are YOU concerned about disenfranchised youth? Do YOU believe young people don’t have enough power throughout society? Do you think YOU can help make the world a better place through youth engagement? Here are 20 steps towards youth engagement right now. These are for all people of all ages in all locations at all times,Continue reading “20 Steps Towards Youth Engagement”

Privatizing Afterschool, and Privatizing Society

I just read about a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives, H.R. 3498, that will expedite the process of privatizing afterschool activities across the country. This greatly concerns me as a career-long youth worker, as an advocate for nonprofit social services, and as a lowercase “d” democrat. Let me begin by suggesting that inContinue reading “Privatizing Afterschool, and Privatizing Society”

Youth Are Leading Social Evolution

Hey, remember when it seemed like that loud, unruly kid was a punk? Remember when that quiet girl doing art in the back of the room was weird? Remember when the kids who were leaders were predictable and understandable? What a cool world that we live in that none of that is true anymore! OverContinue reading “Youth Are Leading Social Evolution”