Video: History of Youth Voice in the US

This video offers an introduction to the history of Youth Voice in the United States from 1664 to 1865. It explores early oppression of children and youth as well as early reliance on youth as the future. I’ve written quite a bit on this blog about this history, including posts called: A history of youthContinue reading “Video: History of Youth Voice in the US”

Intro to Youth Rights

A million years ago somebody wrote something about the “inalienable rights of humans”, meaning that there are just certain things that everyone should be able to experience, do and have in their lives. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was the first international statement to use the term “human rights”, and has been adopted byContinue reading “Intro to Youth Rights”

Trends in Youth Voice

This is the forth of six posts today in honor of the election of Barack Obama as the next President of the United States. As young people and their adult allies continue to expand and enliven the movement to integrate Youth Voice throughout society there are patterns and trends emerging. I began analyzing this developmentContinue reading “Trends in Youth Voice”

Fearing the Power of Youth

This is the third of twelve posts today honoring the election of Barack Obama as the next President of the United States. In the history of the U.S. There comes a time in the history of every major social movement, including feminism, African American civil rights, and gay rights, when the architects and leaders ofContinue reading “Fearing the Power of Youth”

A Brief History of Youth Voice

This is the second of twelve posts today in honor of the election of Barack Obama as the next President of the United States of America. One of the privileges of my work is that over the last 10 years I have been in this movement I have identified, studied, witnessed and promoted a transformationContinue reading “A Brief History of Youth Voice”

Exploring a Day In The Life

Imagine being 3 or 4 years old and invited to adult dances, singing and dancing with them through the night. When you’re 4 you dance in adult ballets – and even though you’re not particularly graceful or talented, you are still welcomed and applauded for your performances. At 5 years old you practice archery everyday,Continue reading “Exploring a Day In The Life”

More History of Youth Voice

I told you this has been going on for a little while! Following is an excerpt from the introduction to the New Youth Voice Handbook, with links for your entertainment: For more than a century youth voice has brought the front pages of newspapers across the United States to life. Examining the New York TimesContinue reading “More History of Youth Voice”

Student Voice Research Meeting

Today I travelled to New York City at the request of Robert Sherman from Surdna Foundation. He asked that I participate in a meeting called by Francine Joselowsky of the Academy for Educational Development to discuss “youth engagement in education reform.” It is always interesting for me to get involved in national scene activities, particularlyContinue reading “Student Voice Research Meeting”

Introducing The Freechild Project: Get Info You Need

It used to be that if you wanted to get information about young people changing the world, you’d have to know that they were doing that first. Then you’d have to look through a handful of self-serving nonprofit websites designed to hype particular types of youth-led social change. You could search a certain activity, keyword, hashtagContinue reading “Introducing The Freechild Project: Get Info You Need”