New Approaches to Youth Action

In my own restlessness, I find myself craving something different these days.  I’m increasingly dissatisfied with isolated experiences of “youth-led” activity that is seeded and driven by adults. I have come to see that the majority of this work is largely disingenuous and ultimately incapacitating for the young people who participate in these activities. IContinue reading “New Approaches to Youth Action”

The Freechild Project Youth Action Guide

The Freechild Project Youth Action Guide is CommonAction’s latest publication. A 50-page publication created for our training promoting youth changing the world, this guide is FREE online right now! It’s packed with quick, easy reading that can help young people or adults think about how to find what needs to change, create programs to makeContinue reading “The Freechild Project Youth Action Guide”

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”

Nobody Owns Volunteering

Nonprofits searching for purpose after the ship went down… The ship’s going down and all the rats are swimming for their lives!  A long time ago, back in the 1990s, the federal government decided to build the nonprofit volunteerism sector in the United States. At first this brought menial efforts from fledgling organizations that actuallyContinue reading “Nobody Owns Volunteering”

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”

2013 Seattle Service Learning Symposium

Join CommonAction and others for the  2013 SEATTLE SERVICE LEARNING SYMPOSIUM Saturday, February 23rd, 2013 8:00-4:00pm At S.T.E.M. at CLEVELAND High School 5511 15TH Avenue South, Seattle, 98108 You’re Invited!  Join School Staff, Community Partners, and National Service Members for Networking, Exploring Development & Implementation of Service Learning, Youth Engagement, Community-School Partnerships… Agenda Includes… A welcomeContinue reading “2013 Seattle Service Learning Symposium”

Service Learning versus “Activist Learning”

From the late 90s through the 2000s, I participated in a number of service learning programs across the U.S. Some were hyper-local, such as the program in Taos, New Mexico, focused on building cultural and social connections between the Taos Pueblo and youth in the neighboring town. I worked at the state level in Washington,Continue reading “Service Learning versus “Activist Learning””

Possibilities and Hope

This is my second liveblog from the Generation WakingUp gathering in Seattle. At the close of the first day’s session, I had the opportunity to remember why I enjoy working with children and youth so much: possibilities and hope. The day was filled with wonderful activities that were excited, focused, and energetic. Joined by facilitators from PowerContinue reading “Possibilities and Hope”