Coming May 2013: “Inconvenient Youth” by Adam Fletcher

CommonAction is proud to announce Coming May 2013 “Inconvenient Youth: A Guide to Discrimination Against Young People”  by Adam Fletcher, founder of The Freechild Project. Contact us for information, including author booking and appearances, orders, and more. Email info@commonaction.org Phone (360) 489-9680

Freechild Project Youth-Driven Programming Guide

NOW AVAILABLE on AMAZON.COM: The Freechild Project Youth-Driven Programming Guide   “This guide is an introduction to youth-driven programming for nonprofits, government agencies, and other youth-serving organizations. The booklet gives a definition and compares approaches, and then provides planning tools, evaluations and assessments, and more. It includes the Ladder of Youth Voice, rubrics for assessingContinue reading “Freechild Project Youth-Driven Programming Guide”

The MOST IMPORTANT Youth Engagement Books

Every few years I revisit my list of the most important books related to youth engagement, youth voice, youth involvement, and youth empowerment. Following is the November 2010 version. In 2007 Youth On Board hired me to rewrite 15 Points to Successfully Involving Youth in Decision-Making with them. This version of the essential guide toContinue reading “The MOST IMPORTANT Youth Engagement Books”

Top 10 Youth Voice Publications

There is a lot of chatter out there about listening to youth, engaging young people, and promoting meaningful youth involvement. But sometimes it is hard to find resources that value what you think and feel as someone committed to young people and social change. Following are the Top 10 Youth Voice publications I have foundContinue reading “Top 10 Youth Voice Publications”

Not Adultism – Corporal Punishment

Spanking, slapping, smacking, pulling ears, pinching, shaking…Hitting with rulers, belts, wooden spoons, extension cords, slippers, hairbrushes, pins, sticks, whips, rubber hoses, flyswatters, wire hangers, stones, bats, canes, or paddles… Being forced to stand for a long period; hold an uncomfortable position; stand motionless; kneel on rice, corn, floor grates, pencils or stones; retain body wastes;Continue reading “Not Adultism – Corporal Punishment”

Spreading the Word

One of the things that amazes me is the spreading awareness of my work. Despite my lackadaisical efforts at promoting myself, friends from across the U.S. and around the world continuously let me know they saw my writing, they heard my ideas or they ran into someone running a curriculum or program I wrote. AtContinue reading “Spreading the Word”

Good Reading from the 1970s

More than 30 years ago there was a growing national effort to promote youth empowerment, youth participation and youth rights. For some reason we’ve forgot about that movement, like it never existed – or failed so miserably we don’t mention it, like an ugly stepchild. Here are several books from the 1970s that I recommendContinue reading “Good Reading from the 1970s”

Four Reviews

Following are some short reviews I just finished up. Each book or article is about young people, and I enjoyed each piece that follows. Let me know what YOU think… Review of “Beyond ephebiphobia: problem adults or problem youths? (fear of adolescents)” by Kirk A. Astroth. Astroth provides a clear, easy-to-grasp analysis of ephebiphobia, offeringContinue reading “Four Reviews”