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”

A National Youth Union?

Recently I’ve been talking with Richard Lewis, a community activist in California who is leading a group called Grupo Amistad. Richard has been piling together a pile of youth-oriented organizations from across the US in the last several months, working to develop several initiatives towards creating a national youth union. In my discussions with Richard,Continue reading “A National Youth Union?”