Beyond Taylor Wilson

Taylor Wilson is a 17-year-old nuclear physicist from the U.S. A few years ago, it was reported that he was the youngest person to ever build a nuclear reactor. In March 2012, TED posted an introductory talk by Taylor where he describes his attempt to build a star when he was 14 years old. I just watchedContinue reading “Beyond Taylor Wilson”

Getting Schools Closer to Malala

Yesterday, Malala Yousafzai spoke at the United Nations, detailing her experience and passion for education. As I watched and listened, I couldn’t help but wonder about this gulf that exists. Somewhere between North America, where so many students absolutely rue school, and Afghanistan where Malala is from, there is a gap of understanding, opportunity, trust, and engagementContinue reading “Getting Schools Closer to Malala”

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”

SoundOut Student Voice News Subscription

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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”

Subscribe to the New CommonAction Newsletter!

Starting this month, CommonAction is launching a monthly newsletter! Subscribers will hear about the workings and outcomes of our effort to engage people to change the world, straight to their inbox. If you’re interested in The Freechild Project, SoundOut, Heartspace, or the work of Adam Fletcher and his associates, you should subscribe. If you wantContinue reading “Subscribe to the New CommonAction Newsletter!”

Youth Kicking Butt in 2012 (for Brad)

Across the United States there are a number of innovative youth leadership programs that excite me. I get to interact with them sometimes, and other times I merely study them, read about them, or just hear about them from my friends and colleagues in the field. For just over a decade, I’ve been working toContinue reading “Youth Kicking Butt in 2012 (for Brad)”

Hatred Of Youth Is Real

Antipathy is extreme dislike or hate. Antipathy toward youth is spreading wider throughout our society than ever before. Often cloaked in cynicism, antipathy is a dangerously current phenomenon. Politicians mocks young people, teachers eschew their jobs, and even parents share a kind of pathetic “buyers remorse” for the people they brought into the world. There are allContinue reading “Hatred Of Youth Is Real”

The Devestating Impact of Recession on Young People

There are too many ways to slice this pie, so I want to be brief here. The U.S. Recession of 2007-2008-? has had and will continue to have devestating impacts on children and youth. Here’s an accounting of those ways: Family and individual homelessness Health insurance coverage Larger classroom sizes [for naysayers] Fewer afterschool programsContinue reading “The Devestating Impact of Recession on Young People”

A New Position

Alright readers, here’s my news, in case you’re interested: I recently began a position in Washington’s state health agency as their coordinated school health manager. Its a significant policy position that works within the state agency and with the state education agency to promote collaboration between the two very different fields of health and education.Continue reading “A New Position”