5 Steps to Integrate Youth

Nike, Levi’s, and a lot of other brands that sell things to youth have realized that the secret to marketing to youth is personalization: Let them help design it, and young people will spend a lot for it. At the same time, many websites allow young users to develop sophisticated personal profiles, letting them connectContinue reading “5 Steps to Integrate Youth”

Good News for Pittsburgh Youth!

Adam’s note: This is the second of many posts I’m writing for a blog called AfterschoolPGH. I’m taking the privilege of reposting it here for your reading pleasure and my future reference! The news doesn’t generally tell us is how excellent youth today are. Despite the pressures of a crumbling economy and failing social safetyContinue reading “Good News for Pittsburgh Youth!”

3 Tips for Excellent Youth Programs

“Some programs suck,” said Latisha as she sunk into her chair, arms folded. Jennifer piped in, “Yeah, teachers can just be rude and get away with it.” “Ah man, I had this one who tried to pick a fight with me just because I had to go to the bathroom,” volunteered a guy everyone calledContinue reading “3 Tips for Excellent Youth Programs”

Youth Involvement in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania

Adam’s note: This is the first of many posts I’m writing for a blog called AfterschoolPGH. I’m taking the privilege of reposting it here for your reading pleasure and my future reference! Since the 1970s, there’s been a national movement to promote youth voice. Funny enough, there’s never been just one definition of youth voice,Continue reading “Youth Involvement in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania”

Freechild Project Youth-Driven Programming Guide

NOW AVAILABLE on AMAZON.COM: The Freechild Project Youth-Driven Programming Guide   “This guide is an introduction to youth-driven programming for nonprofits, government agencies, and other youth-serving organizations. The booklet gives a definition and compares approaches, and then provides planning tools, evaluations and assessments, and more. It includes the Ladder of Youth Voice, rubrics for assessingContinue reading “Freechild Project Youth-Driven Programming Guide”

Differences Between YDP and Traditional Youth Programs

As long as community work specifically focused on youth has existed, adults have been designing, facilitating, and evaluating it. However, over the last twenty-some years, many nonprofits, schools, and government agencies have discovered the reward of fostering youth voice throughout throughout their operations affecting youth. Years of research and best practice have led to theContinue reading “Differences Between YDP and Traditional Youth Programs”

Youth-Driven Programming Dos and Don’ts

Interested in owning your own copy of these dos and don’ts? Find them in our new… The Freechild Project Youth-Driven Programming Guide This is a short checklist for Youth-Driven Programming. I wrote it for nonprofits, schools, and other organizations that want to ensure their activities are meaningful for young people. You can own your ownContinue reading “Youth-Driven Programming Dos and Don’ts”

Changing Roles of Young People

Why should only affable white boys get to be seen as theyoung captains of industry? It seems that the story of human existence is one of innovation and transformation. Through epochs everything changes, from the earliest homo erectus though to today, and onward into tomorrow. Despite concentrating on industry, art, technology, and culture as theContinue reading “Changing Roles of Young People”

Youth Segregation

Youth segregation rages across western society. Moving young people into full-time schools, part time afterschool programs for children and youth, youth-exclusive work environments, youth-isolated commercial spaces, and excluding them from public, democratic duties and spaces is creating a crisis of purpose, possibilities, and hope in our times, right now. Youth segregation is terrible for ourContinue reading “Youth Segregation”

Making Adultism Okay

In many settings today, there is an increasing amount of attention towards racial, gender, and other forms of discrimination. However, little is made of a very real form of discrimination that is undermining a lot of well-meaning educators’ work with students today: adultism. In my new book, Ending Discrimination Against Young People, I define adultism inContinue reading “Making Adultism Okay”