Every Youth A Leader

The room was packed, like so many conference sessions I’ve facilitated. Folks had come from all corners to attend this international meeting, and they came to this session called “Every Youth A Leader”. In the conference session description, I’d written the following: “In their homes, schools, communities, and throughout society, children and youth are leadingContinue reading “Every Youth A Leader”

Promote Youth Engagement in Organizations

How to Promote Youth Engagement in Organizations 1) Share Youth Engagement. Talk with your supervisor, Executive Director, board members, and other decision-makers. Build support by talking to staff members about youth engagement. Train young people about youth engagement, why it matters, and how they can experience it more. Research resources that might help different peopleContinue reading “Promote Youth Engagement in Organizations”

Share the Word!

Help spread the word about my latest book, Ending Discrimination Against Young People. You can share this post, or the webpage, or the Amazon.com page with your friends, family, and colleagues.  You can also interview me for your blog, write an article about the book, or line me up with any of your contacts toContinue reading “Share the Word!”

8 Rude Things Adults Say to Young People

When adults are talking rude to young people, they show patronizing superiority. Many parents, youth workers, teachers, and others are not aware of how rude they are towards children and youth. Most adults would be shocked if young people were as rude towards them as they are towards young people. When we’re confronted by a braveContinue reading “8 Rude Things Adults Say to Young People”

Press Release: Youth Discrimination Is Tearing Society Apart!

PRESS RELEASE: Youth Discrimination Is Tearing Society Apart! Olympia, WA—Every parent, teacher, and youth worker knows they aren’t as effective as they could be, but often aren’t sure why. Using willpower to force children and youth to comply, even the most well-meaning adult uses curfews, takes away toys, and bribes with rewards. There’s hope. ENDINGContinue reading “Press Release: Youth Discrimination Is Tearing Society Apart!”

3 Secrets of Adults Who Help Youth

As teachers, youth workers, parents, counselors, and other adults who work with young people every single day, we have our secrets. They’re not true for every adult, and being able to admit them takes courage, especially when we admit them to other adults we work with. In my new book, Ending Discrimination Against Young People, IContinue reading “3 Secrets of Adults Who Help Youth”

An Imperative for Youth Empowerment

What is the missing element in almost all youth empowerment work today? It is an awareness of discrimination against young people. We don’t like to hear it, but EVERY adult discriminates. While an increasing amount of people are concerned about racism, sexism, classism, or homophobia, that’s not what I’m talking about here. Today, I wantContinue reading “An Imperative for Youth Empowerment”

Rethinking Youth Empowerment

So many adults say they want to empower youth. When they say this to me, I’ve learned to simply hear them, because its usually those adults who most want to be empowered. So, before you strive to empower a young person, I want you to consider that you might want to be empowered yourself. RightContinue reading “Rethinking Youth Empowerment”

The Tree of Adultism

The Tree of Adultism shows how the roots are formed by discrimination against young people. In my book, Ending Discrimination Against Young People, I explain how all these different aspects are borne of discrimination against young people. As they emerge in our lives, they are exhibited through formal and informal ways that are present inContinue reading “The Tree of Adultism”