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!”

Notes on Youth Forums

Here’s my answer to an email I received today. In our town this spring there will be three public issues forums/town hall meetings and we want to include youth voice. Two forums are on youth and alcohol and the third is on public education. In your experience, does it make sense to include youth inContinue reading “Notes on Youth Forums”

Enough Rope To…

What does it mean when youth voice programs send young people into situations where we know there are hostile adults or complex problems that need preparations that young people don’t have? Recently a close friend told me about a situation where her brother had the opportunity to speak in front of the city council aboutContinue reading “Enough Rope To…”

Why I Love the CRC

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child is the most popularly accepted legal instrument affecting youth voice and involvement in the world today. Two countries haven’t ratified it: Somalia and the United States. Great company. Of course, the Campaign for US Ratification‘s model of youth involvement is poor itself, so there isContinue reading “Why I Love the CRC”

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”

Expanding Youth Participation

A group in the United Kingdom just put out a useful PDF documenting a “pathway to participation.” YoMo is a “community interest company” that is committed to youth participation. Their work across the UK looks great, and I am enjoying reading their website and blog, and looking forward to reading their materials soon. In the meantime,Continue reading “Expanding Youth Participation”

Expanding Youth Participation

A group in the United Kingdom just put out a useful PDF documenting a “pathway to participation.” YoMo is a “community interest company” that is committed to youth participation. Their work across the UK looks great, and I am enjoying reading their website and blog, and looking forward to reading their materials soon. In theContinue reading “Expanding Youth Participation”

Youth are Segregated

Adam’s note: If you’re a subscriber, sorry about filling up your inbox. I’m cleaning out half-finished blog entries and want to make sure the ones from today hit the streets. Notice the dates; a lot are from January 2008. Hope you enjoy! The underlying assumption behind all youth involvement programs is that youth are segregated.Continue reading “Youth are Segregated”

Making Involvement Meaningful

What makes involvement meaningful? The Freechild website insinuates that any activity led by young people inherently makes that activity meaningful for young people. Similarly, we allude to any topic being choosen by young people as being meaningful for young people to address. Are those assumptions true? I believe that the reality is that anyone canContinue reading “Making Involvement Meaningful”