Every Youth A Leader

The room was packed, like so many conference sessions I’ve facilitated. Folks had come from all corners to attend this international meeting, and they came to this session called “Every Youth A Leader”. In the conference session description, I’d written the following: “In their homes, schools, communities, and throughout society, children and youth are leadingContinue reading “Every Youth A Leader”

7 Student Voice Reflection Activities

Creating a safe and supportive learning environment is vital to engaging student voice. A great way to do that is through reflection. Reflection is a process of looking back on an experience and deciphering the meaning of it. This post shares some activities to foster that process. 7 Student Voice Reflection Activities There are severalContinue reading “7 Student Voice Reflection Activities”

Share the Word!

Help spread the word about my latest book, Ending Discrimination Against Young People. You can share this post, or the webpage, or the Amazon.com page with your friends, family, and colleagues.  You can also interview me for your blog, write an article about the book, or line me up with any of your contacts toContinue reading “Share the Word!”

8 Rude Things Adults Say to Young People

When adults are talking rude to young people, they show patronizing superiority. Many parents, youth workers, teachers, and others are not aware of how rude they are towards children and youth. Most adults would be shocked if young people were as rude towards them as they are towards young people. When we’re confronted by a braveContinue reading “8 Rude Things Adults Say to Young People”

Press Release: Youth Discrimination Is Tearing Society Apart!

PRESS RELEASE: Youth Discrimination Is Tearing Society Apart! Olympia, WA—Every parent, teacher, and youth worker knows they aren’t as effective as they could be, but often aren’t sure why. Using willpower to force children and youth to comply, even the most well-meaning adult uses curfews, takes away toys, and bribes with rewards. There’s hope. ENDINGContinue reading “Press Release: Youth Discrimination Is Tearing Society Apart!”

3 Secrets of Adults Who Help Youth

As teachers, youth workers, parents, counselors, and other adults who work with young people every single day, we have our secrets. They’re not true for every adult, and being able to admit them takes courage, especially when we admit them to other adults we work with. In my new book, Ending Discrimination Against Young People, IContinue reading “3 Secrets of Adults Who Help Youth”

The Youth Action Spiral

Youth workers and educators sometimes gather in meeting rooms to talk about what the work they do with young people. Discussing education, recreation, social activities, psychological counseling, and many other approaches to youth work, they sometimes discover that there are patterns that emerge within their work that affect all of the young people they workContinue reading “The Youth Action Spiral”

Empowerment and Engagement

My friend Lori works with youth in the Midwest. She recently asked me, “In the scheme of things, how do we motivate the youth to be empowered rather than entitled?” Dangerously, I’ll suggest that motivation comes through our own experience and example more than anything else. We have to actively demonstrate to young people ourContinue reading “Empowerment and Engagement”

The Purpose of Learning

Revolution is not ‘showing’ life to people, but making them live. A revolutionary organization must always remember that its objective is not getting its adherents to listen to convincing talks by expert leaders, but getting them to speak for themselves, in order to achieve, or at least strive toward, an equal degree of participation. –Continue reading “The Purpose of Learning”

The Tree of Adultism

The Tree of Adultism shows how the roots are formed by discrimination against young people. In my book, Ending Discrimination Against Young People, I explain how all these different aspects are borne of discrimination against young people. As they emerge in our lives, they are exhibited through formal and informal ways that are present inContinue reading “The Tree of Adultism”