The Freechild Project Publications

You know The Freechild Project offers training for youth workers, educators, and young people. Did you know we publish our own materials too? We have dozens of booklets, articles, worksheets, and other tools available to help you learn and teach others about youth voice, youth engagement, social change led by young people, and more.  FollowingContinue reading “The Freechild Project Publications”

Tips on How to Survey Real People

Recently, I needed to learn some basic things from a group of people at the outset of a weekend-long training. Specifically, I wanted to find out: How capable they were at self-identifying the problems they faced;  How able they were at identifying root causes;  Whether they could determine what practical resources they needed. To findContinue reading “Tips on How to Survey Real People”

A Tool for Measuring Youth Involvement

The Youth Measure of Involvement for Community Engagement, or Youth MICE model, represents the most powerful possibilities for young people’s involvement around the world. Individuals and organizations can use this model to start thinking about how young people can be infused throughout programs, organizations, and communities. This tool was designed by to foster reflection, consideration, andContinue reading “A Tool for Measuring Youth Involvement”

Adults Researching Youth IS NOT Youth Voice

One day your organization decided to create a survey to ask youth what they thought about their communities. You called this a “Youth Voice Project”. However, just because an adult decides something is youth voice doesn’t make it so. While it is true that youth voice is any expression of a young person about anything (Fletcher, 2005),Continue reading “Adults Researching Youth IS NOT Youth Voice”

Top 10 Youth Voice Publications

There is a lot of chatter out there about listening to youth, engaging young people, and promoting meaningful youth involvement. But sometimes it is hard to find resources that value what you think and feel as someone committed to young people and social change. Following are the Top 10 Youth Voice publications I have foundContinue reading “Top 10 Youth Voice Publications”

Youth Voice Has No Limits

The tech-saavy girl at school builds a website about how students can run schools.That punk kid pulls out a marker and tags a locker on his way down the hall. Two fifth grades classes at the local elementary band together to replant the native vegetation down by the lake. A 16-year-old testifies in front ofContinue reading “Youth Voice Has No Limits”

Wikipedia is Our Friend

More than five years ago I registered on Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia that anybody can edit. Since then I have created more than 500 articles there, with more than 100 being featured on the front page of the website. I frequently refer to Wikipedia, not as an expert source of information, but as aContinue reading “Wikipedia is Our Friend”

Examples of Meaningful Student Involvement

I like to think that my radar is wide. A few years ago my colleagues at Youth On Board in Boston asked me to research the following information, and this morning I decided to share it here. There are descriptions of specific ways that schools can involve students in policy, curriculum, governance, and other aspectsContinue reading “Examples of Meaningful Student Involvement”

Engaging the Whole, Entire, 100% Young Person

I often ask groups to explore different parts of the lives of children and youth. “Schools,” “video games,” “home,” “church,” “friends,” “downtown,” “families,” and on they list. Its funny how we conscript young people to the places they belong and the things they do, rather than who they are. There are different activities used inContinue reading “Engaging the Whole, Entire, 100% Young Person”

360° Youth Voice

Schools, homes, city hall, places of worship, police stations, art studios, community centers, theatres, government offices, parks, businesses, gyms, radio stations, colleges, public spaces… These are the places in our neighborhoods that can help us begin to envision a 360° approach to engaging youth voice.  Because of dozens of years of programs and research, to think of engaging children andContinue reading “360° Youth Voice”