Promote Youth Engagement in Organizations

How to Promote Youth Engagement in Organizations 1) Share Youth Engagement. Talk with your supervisor, Executive Director, board members, and other decision-makers. Build support by talking to staff members about youth engagement. Train young people about youth engagement, why it matters, and how they can experience it more. Research resources that might help different peopleContinue reading “Promote Youth Engagement in Organizations”

Stop Beating Kids: Ending Corporal Punishment in Schools

Spanking Slapping Smacking Pulling ears Pinching Shaking Hitting with rulers, belts, wooden spoons, extension cords, slippers, hairbrushes, pins, sticks, whips, rubber hoses, flyswatters, wire hangers, stones, bats, canes, or paddles Forcing a child to stand for a long time Forcing a child to stay in an uncomfortable position Forcing a child to stand motionless ForcingContinue reading “Stop Beating Kids: Ending Corporal Punishment in Schools”

So-Called “Youth Issues”

The myth of so-called “youth issues” is pervasive throughout our communities, as young people are routinely segregated from adults throughout society, including mainstream decision-making, problem-solving and policy choices. There has been a frequent temptation to pigeonhole children and youth by focusing on schools, children’s healthcare, youth homelessness, child labor, afterschool programs, social work, nutrition, andContinue reading “So-Called “Youth Issues””

Giving Youth Life Sentences: Efren Paredes, Jr.

Efren Paredes, Jr. was a 16-year-old Latino honors student in southwest Michigan, not far from Chicago, when he was convicted of armed robbery and first degree murder for the shooting death of grocery store manager Rick Tetzlaff. He was found guilty and sentenced to multiple life terms. He is among the 300 people in theContinue reading “Giving Youth Life Sentences: Efren Paredes, Jr.”

Barack Wins the Under-18 Vote

Well, I’m no fan of mock voting, and as a matter of fact I stand firmly in opposition to it. However, I do appreciate that at the very least it raises the visibility of Youth Voice. It seems that the preliminary estimates from the National Mock Election, held last week across the United States, showContinue reading “Barack Wins the Under-18 Vote”

A World Without Youth Issues

I have been conscious of presidential elections since 1992, when Bill Clinton was making his first run for president and I was a junior in high school. That year was the first time I heard of Rock the Vote, a nonprofit hooked up closely to MTV, where I heard their message. Its not that myContinue reading “A World Without Youth Issues”

Student Voice in Europe, Pt 1

In the late 1990s the Swedish education agency invited all new high school students across the country to be part of a process that identified new educational priorities and develop new school policies for their nation. More than 200 students said they wanted to do it. Students were asked to send letters that explained whatContinue reading “Student Voice in Europe, Pt 1”

Dangerous Crossings

There is a problem that plagues almost every attempt CommonAction has made to promote youth engagement in schools and communities. I’m not niave: this same problem affects every movement to promote inclusive democracy. That problem, you ask? The System. The System was created a long, long time ago by a group of well-to-do white men,Continue reading “Dangerous Crossings”

Policy change and student voice

Question of the day: Is policy-change the most substantial and sustaining change that can be made in order to foster student engagement throughout the education system, from individual classrooms to district boards to state education agencies to state legislatures to the federal Department of Education to the Supreme Court of the United States? Sound outContinue reading “Policy change and student voice”