Activity: Take A Stand

Take A Stand is an icebreaker that lasts five to twenty minutes. It can be used with any group size, and in order to facilitate it you’ll need a list of topics and signs (see below) TAKE A STAND DIRECTIONS Facilitator Notes This icebreaker works in more ways than one. Not only do you get your groupContinue reading “Activity: Take A Stand”

Presenting at 2013 National Service Learning Conference

I’m going to be presenting at the 2013 National Service Learning Conference with Lois Brewer of Service Learning Seattle/Seattle Public Schools and Shelley Billig from RMC. Our session, called “Linkage Power! Classroom Based and Out-of-School Time Service-Learning Projects”, will be held at the convention center in room 502 on Friday, March 15th from 9am to 10:30.Continue reading “Presenting at 2013 National Service Learning Conference”

Essential Questions in Youth Involvement

I’m often asked for answers by folks who want to know exactly what to do. As many of my readers know, I don’t really give answers though. Instead, I’m a critical examiner, constantly asking questions and deconstructing answers that have been given. Following are some essential questions I ask about youth involvement. Step 1: IdentifyContinue reading “Essential Questions in Youth Involvement”

8 Keys to Sustaining Youth Voice

Sustaining Youth Voice in schools, organizations or communities is complex – but not impossible. Research shows the following 8 keys are central to creating change that lasts in any organization’s climate. Policy– Create and foster systematic and sustainable engagement of Youth Voice. These policies can be community-wide and program-specific. Systems – Create or transform positionsContinue reading “8 Keys to Sustaining Youth Voice”

Engagement or Involvement?

I have been talking with teachers and youth workers for the last 10 years about youth involvement. We’ve talked about classrooms, after-school programs, boards of directors, city councils, research projects, university classes… all kinds of different places. Somewhere along the way I was introduced to the notion of engagement as opposed to involvement. I was challenged toContinue reading “Engagement or Involvement?”

YouthActionNet features Freechild

This from, a program of the International Youth Foundation: The future of any democracy depends on the ability of young people to express their views and take action on issues that matter. What are the core principles that drive authentic youth engagement? How does one measure social change led by and for young people?Continue reading “YouthActionNet features Freechild”

New Youth Voice Toolkit!

Announcing a new resource for Youth Voice activists and practitioners around the world: The Freechild Project Youth Voice Toolkit! The Toolkit includes: Youth Voice Glossary Assumptions about Youth Voice Principles of Youth Voice Keys to Youth Voice Cycle of Youth Voice Guidelines for Youth Voice Honoring Youth Voice Youth-Adult Relationships Sprectrum Cycle of Youth VoiceContinue reading “New Youth Voice Toolkit!”

Recruiting Youth

I consistently get questions at workshops about recruiting young people. It can feel so hard to well-meaning adults to bring children and youth on board in the projects, organizations and communities where we so desperately want and need them to be involved. Today I drafted a tip sheet on recruitment for the Cloud Institute forContinue reading “Recruiting Youth”

Adults Advocating for Youth Voice

It almost sounds like the name of an organization – Adults Advocating for Youth Voice, or AAYV. As a 32-year-old who has been involved in both “sides” of advocating for youth voice – both as a youth and as an adult – I am particularly aware of the tension involved therein. I’ve written in thisContinue reading “Adults Advocating for Youth Voice”

Youth Rights Network

CommonAction is excited to announce our brand-new project! Working with the National Youth Rights Association, we are now sponsors of the YOUTH RIGHTS NETWORK, or YRN. This exciting online tool is a Wiki for youth rights! Operating just like the famous Wikipedia, the YRN is an interactive database of resources for young people and adultContinue reading “Youth Rights Network”