Help Promote Ending Discrimination Against Young People!

You know I’m not the most famous person in the world, right?!? I don’t have a publicist, and I want people to get a hold of my newest book, Ending Discrimination Against Young People. I need your help! If you want to pitch in, you can help me by helping get the word out. The biggestContinue reading “Help Promote Ending Discrimination Against Young People!”

Accidentally Undermining Young People

As adults who care about young people, we’ve heard it all over the place: Children and youth are resilient. Lucky for them, because most of us are undermining young people accidentally.  It’s hard for us to acknowledge this though. We think that all our well-meaning gestures and activities, plans and proceeds are benefiting them, no matterContinue reading “Accidentally Undermining Young People”

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”

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

7 Steps to ConnectYoung People And Social Change

You can take action and connect young people with social change right now! 1. Engage Young People in Social Change Who better to work with children and youth than their peers? Learn how to empower young people to change the world by building engaged neighborhoods, schools and communities. START EMPOWERING YOUNG PEOPLE 2. Connect Young PeopleContinue reading “7 Steps to ConnectYoung People And Social Change”

Elements of Successful Community Engagement

The nature of community programs continues to evolve. More than ever, nonprofits, government agencies, and other programs are being challenged to transform their goals, activities, assessments, and resources in order to motivate, educate, and engage people beyond simple participation. In a time when many communities are stuck in a malaise, community programs require a realignment to growContinue reading “Elements of Successful Community Engagement”

Safe Spaces for Young People

When adults speak about safety, we’re often referring to the scourge of physical violence that is redefining the lives of all children and youth across the United States today. With the horrors of school shootings, the terror of gang violence, and the rage of bullying tearing apart families and communities everyday, the presence of physicalContinue reading “Safe Spaces for Young People”

Raising Kids to Change the World

The last nine years of my life have been an active experiment for me. My daughter was born in August 2003, and every day since then she has changed my life. That’s the experience for me. The experiment I’ve been living is one based on emperical and scientific data that I’d collected throughout my young career andContinue reading “Raising Kids to Change the World”

5 Ways To Stop School Shootings

Change begins with each of us individually. Here are 5 things you can do to stop the next school shooting: Know a Young Person. They’re all around you, whether or not you care. Well, start caring. It may be hard because you might need to learn new behaviors and they might challenges your assumptions. ButContinue reading “5 Ways To Stop School Shootings”