The House Youth Voice Built

A lot of organizations don’t know where to begin with Youth Voice. They complain that young people don’t attend their activities, or that youth who do show up don’t have a voice. Building Youth Voice requires a deliberate strategy for action and transformation. Eight Building Blocks For Youth Voice The following can be a checklist.Continue reading “The House Youth Voice Built”

5 Steps to Integrate Youth

Nike, Levi’s, and a lot of other brands that sell things to youth have realized that the secret to marketing to youth is personalization: Let them help design it, and young people will spend a lot for it. At the same time, many websites allow young users to develop sophisticated personal profiles, letting them connectContinue reading “5 Steps to Integrate Youth”

Keeping Youth Programs Relevant

The National League of Cities is an organization that works across the country to “help city leaders build better communities”. One of their initiatives is called the Institute for Youth, Education, and Families, or YEF. In a recent publication, YEF proposed there are four primary ways youth programs can ensure their relevancy in cities: Coordinate systemsContinue reading “Keeping Youth Programs Relevant”

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”

Nobody Owns Volunteering

Nonprofits searching for purpose after the ship went down… The ship’s going down and all the rats are swimming for their lives!  A long time ago, back in the 1990s, the federal government decided to build the nonprofit volunteerism sector in the United States. At first this brought menial efforts from fledgling organizations that actuallyContinue reading “Nobody Owns Volunteering”

NO “Marketplace for Love”, Mr. Pollota.

We need to do it differently, and that much is agreed upon. However, that’s about it. Another white guy wants to sell nonprofits better. Earlier this week I watched a video of Dan Pollota‘s recent talk at the 2013 TED conference. Hoping it was another version of INCITE‘s absolutely powerfully essential book, The Revolution WillContinue reading “NO “Marketplace for Love”, Mr. Pollota.”

Neoliberalism in Youth Programs

Democracy is a practical, hands-on approach to operating our society. Everyday, every young person can contribute to the health and well-being of themselves, their families, their neighborhoods, the nation, and the world. That’s the power of democracy today: More than ever before, it’s changing the world. But there are forces trying to undo democracy. RightContinue reading “Neoliberalism in Youth Programs”

Youth-Driven Programming Dos and Don’ts

Interested in owning your own copy of these dos and don’ts? Find them in our new… The Freechild Project Youth-Driven Programming Guide This is a short checklist for Youth-Driven Programming. I wrote it for nonprofits, schools, and other organizations that want to ensure their activities are meaningful for young people. You can own your ownContinue reading “Youth-Driven Programming Dos and Don’ts”

Ways Adults See Youth

There are many, many ways that adults see young people. For more than a decade I have been working with young people and adults to reveal those different ways. We have uncovered adults perceptions of youth, the ways youth are treated in adult programs and organizations, and ways to stop youth from being engaged atContinue reading “Ways Adults See Youth”