Characteristics of Successful Youth Engagement

Ideally, youth engagement happens throughout communities and across society. Youth programs and youth councils are good; but engaging youth at home and throughout regular community places is great. However, the space is not as important as the characteristics of the community. Working with more than 40 youth engagement practitioners throughout King County for our YouthContinue reading “Characteristics of Successful Youth Engagement”

NEW Youth Engagement Practictioners Cadre!

CommonAction is excited to announce the 2012-13 King County Youth Engagement Practitioners Cadre!   The Youth Engagement Practitioners Cadre (YEPC) is a dynamic professional development program promoting organizational and community transformation. YEPC members are adults with three or more years of youth engagement experience who together form a learning community that meets once a monthContinue reading “NEW Youth Engagement Practictioners Cadre!”

Youth Engagement Practitioners Cadre

One of the mantras at CommonAction is “We Can Do What Me Can’t.” Our longstanding commitment to learning communities and the power of collaboration is driven by our teams’ experiences working in education and community settings across the US and around the world. We have consistently seen the outcomes of this mantra, and work toContinue reading “Youth Engagement Practitioners Cadre”

More Youth Voice from More Youth

For the last year SoundOut has been working with students, teachers and administrators in several Seattle-area high schools and at the district office to examine student perspectives on equity in schools. Its been an interesting project, with a varying amount of resistance and excitement from students, along with a range of roadblocks and embracing fromContinue reading “More Youth Voice from More Youth”

The History of Student Voice (pt 1)

“American history is longer, larger, more various, more beautiful, and more terrible than anything anyone has ever said about it.” – James Baldwin The power of student voice is waking up in Seattle – again. Student voice has been engaged throughout Seattle Public Schools more than a few times over the last 30+ years: SinceContinue reading “The History of Student Voice (pt 1)”

Student Responses to Race

Today I went to Chief Sealth High School in Seattle to view a performance of the “Rough Eagles” performance. For the third year, a group of students from a high school in Seattle’s middle and upper class north end and with a group of students from a high school in Seattle’s working class south end.Continue reading “Student Responses to Race”

Seattle Student Equity Project

Today I continued the early planning process for the Seattle Student Equity Project. I am working with Ray Williams, the Race and Equity Relations Office coordinator for the Seattle Public Schools district. We’re pulling together a project for student/adult-partnered teams from 20 Seattle high school sites that focus on diversity and meaningful student involvement. StudentsContinue reading “Seattle Student Equity Project”