7 Student Voice Reflection Activities

Creating a safe and supportive learning environment is vital to engaging student voice. A great way to do that is through reflection. Reflection is a process of looking back on an experience and deciphering the meaning of it. This post shares some activities to foster that process. 7 Student Voice Reflection Activities There are severalContinue reading “7 Student Voice Reflection Activities”

Activity: Take A Stand

Take A Stand is an icebreaker that lasts five to twenty minutes. It can be used with any group size, and in order to facilitate it you’ll need a list of topics and signs (see below) TAKE A STAND DIRECTIONS Facilitator Notes This icebreaker works in more ways than one. Not only do you get your groupContinue reading “Activity: Take A Stand”

Activity: Ten Things Icebreaker

Following is an icebreaker that can take between 15 and 30 minutes to lead. I’ve found it works best with groups between 15 and 50 people, from 8 to 80 years old. The only supplies you’ll need are a piece of paper and a pen for each small group (see below). Ten Things Icebreaker  [1-3Continue reading “Activity: Ten Things Icebreaker”

Radical Transparency with Children and Youth

How To Be Radically Transparent With Children and Youth Start when they’re young. While young people are still young, that’s the time to make be radically transparent with them. Having a transparent conversation with a 17 or 18 year old can be difficult, if only because they’re conditioned to accept adults obfuscating. By starting early,Continue reading “Radical Transparency with Children and Youth”

Demonstrating Cascading Leadership Among Students

The model I created about “Cascading Leadership” is my “process-ization” of a naturally occurring phenomenon! So there’s a lot to draw from in order to illustrate it. Working with a group of students last year in Seattle, I saw this “cascading leadership” flow quickly. Focused on stopping youth violence among youth in their high school, thisContinue reading “Demonstrating Cascading Leadership Among Students”

Checking Student Voice Assumptions

Before you get started with your student voice project, you want to check your assumptions. You might begin by saying to your group, “Before getting started in actually engaging student voice, there are some important questions we have to ask ourselves and our school: What is the vision for students in our school?  What isContinue reading “Checking Student Voice Assumptions”

10 Steps to Planning Programs With Youth

Planning youth programs for children and youth is tricky. Stuck without enough time to plan or strict guidelines for curriculum delivery, youth program workers can feel powerless over what they do with the young people they serve. In my own experience working in the field for more than a decade, I had this experience continually.Continue reading “10 Steps to Planning Programs With Youth”

Cascading Leadership For Students

Here’s my latest article! I explore the intersection between student engagement, student leadership, and student voice. You can download the entire article at http://adamfletcher.net/products/articles/ Cascading Leadership Among Students from CommonAction Consulting. And please, let me know what you think by commenting below!

Olympia—Partners Needed for a Youth Event

Talking with a number of young people in Olympia in informal settings, I recently discovered there is a desire for a youth leadership training for them. However, without money to attend, these “nontraditionally engaged” youth don’t feel like they can do it. So I’m going to pull together a one-day youth action training here inContinue reading “Olympia—Partners Needed for a Youth Event”

The House Youth Voice Built

A lot of organizations don’t know where to begin with Youth Voice. They complain that young people don’t attend their activities, or that youth who do show up don’t have a voice. Building Youth Voice requires a deliberate strategy for action and transformation. Eight Building Blocks For Youth Voice The following can be a checklist.Continue reading “The House Youth Voice Built”