Drum Majors are Our Only Hope

“We all have the drum major instinct. We all want to be important, to surpass others, to achieve distinction, to lead the parade. … And the great issue of life is to harness the drum major instinct. It is a good instinct if you don’t distort it and pervert it. Don’t give it up. KeepContinue reading “Drum Majors are Our Only Hope”

Why We Can’t Wait

In 2000 I was working as the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction‘s Youth Ambassador position where I was responsible for coordinating the statewide essay contest for K-12 students focused on the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I also met Sasha Rabkin, who has worked for the Institute forContinue reading “Why We Can’t Wait”

Summarizing Freechild

“Education should not be the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a flame.” – William Butler Yates In the early 1800s it was common for non-enslaved Blacks in the United States to take the last name “Freeman” as a testimony to their freedom. Since that time young people have become bound by the ongoingContinue reading “Summarizing Freechild”

Essential Reading for Volunteers

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the popularity and misconceptions many people and organizations have about volunteerism. Like the disease of alcoholism or the compulsion of adultism, it seems like there is a segment of American society that simply wants to volunteer – without knowing exactly why or how. I’m simply not sure aboutContinue reading “Essential Reading for Volunteers”

A National Youth Union?

Recently I’ve been talking with Richard Lewis, a community activist in California who is leading a group called Grupo Amistad. Richard has been piling together a pile of youth-oriented organizations from across the US in the last several months, working to develop several initiatives towards creating a national youth union. In my discussions with Richard,Continue reading “A National Youth Union?”