Home Alone and Social Change

What does staying home alone have to do with young people changing the world? In today’s New York Times there is an article that proposes that anywhere between 11 and 14 is okay. The author acknowledges that 7, 8 and 9 year-olds stay home alone in working class homes, but doesn’t hesitate to add aContinue reading “Home Alone and Social Change”

Selling Out Youth

I’m beginning to bring together the vast amounts of reading I’ve done over the last 10 years, combine them with my experience, and make some sense of it all. I’m excited! Some poor soul on Wikipedia just wrote to me to ask why the histories of children’s rights in the United States and the UnitedContinue reading “Selling Out Youth”

“Why Do They Hate Us?”

“Our schools look like shopping malls.”“My school looks like a prison.”“People at shopping malls follow me around like I’m stealing things.”“The army wants me to join them and then go to college.”“The army wants to send you to die in Iraq.”“For 100 years!”“The curfew in my town is 10pm every night, and I have toContinue reading ““Why Do They Hate Us?””

Activities that Address Adultism

I have recently made the acquaintance of an executive director for a nonprofit in Pennsylvania. We have carried on a dialog over the last several weeks that has been really neat, and I want to share with you another thought I just wrote to her. The other day she asked, “How do you show folksContinue reading “Activities that Address Adultism”

Rethinking Youth-Adult Partnerships

Last month I received a copy of a new report out from the National 4-H Council called 4-H YIG National Report: Youth-Adult Partnerships in Community Decision Making: What Does it Take to Engage Adults in the Practice? In this summary of stellar new research from Shep Zeldin and Julie Petrokubi from the University of Wisconsin-Madison,Continue reading “Rethinking Youth-Adult Partnerships”

Youth Rights on the March

Its difficult to build a movement, and even harder when you are young. Last month after 7 years of aspiring to build a nonprofit and struggling once my board of directors received 501c3 status from the IRS, I folded CommonAction. I earned a few grants, got a few contracts, but there simply was not enoughContinue reading “Youth Rights on the March”

A Future So Bright…

Who do they write these articles for? In a recent edition of Fast Company, a “cutting edge” business magazine, editors paired up a high school student from California with a corporate scientist to talk about technology. They chose a senior from a private religious school tucked away by a golf course in the Bay Area.Continue reading “A Future So Bright…”

Worth Repeating: Warning: your children are not in danger

This article from London’s The Independent is worth repeating. Joan Bakewell, a respected television personality who was born in 1933, wrote the piece and it was published yesterday. We need to grab a hold of the support of anyone who stands alongside young people as an ally and advocate, and I think Bakewell is aContinue reading “Worth Repeating: Warning: your children are not in danger”