Why Should We Engage Kids of Privilege?

Why should we try to engage young people who have everything they need already? For a lot of the time I was growing up my family struggled to meet it’s basic needs, and although we usually had food, water, shelter and clothes, there were days and weeks where we went without. As I’m growing olderContinue reading “Why Should We Engage Kids of Privilege?”

Seeking Passionate Young Activists!

Forwarded by request: If you are a high school senior committed to activism and defending civil liberties in your community, then we have an opportunity for you: the ACLU is now accepting applications for the 2010 ACLU Youth Activist Scholarship Program. For those of you who don’t know the ACLU, they are our nation’s guardianContinue reading “Seeking Passionate Young Activists!”

School-Mandated Community Service

Over at the National Youth Rights Association forums there is a conversation bubbling about school-mandated community service. I couldn’t help but enter the fray this morning as the convo drifted from labeling service as socialist to promoting the idea with caveats. The following is adapted from a response I shared there: In my experience IContinue reading “School-Mandated Community Service”

Intro to Youth Rights

A million years ago somebody wrote something about the “inalienable rights of humans”, meaning that there are just certain things that everyone should be able to experience, do and have in their lives. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was the first international statement to use the term “human rights”, and has been adopted byContinue reading “Intro to Youth Rights”

Youth Development, Youth Service and Youth Rights

Somewhere out there in the Ether there is an tussle among youth workers. In this battle of wills and ego, its youth development versus youth service versus youth rights. I was historically engaged in this discussion; however, over the last few years I’ve come to seen this non-dialogue as passé and even trite. It now seems almostContinue reading “Youth Development, Youth Service and Youth Rights”

Getting In Trouble

When I was a kid one of the mothers in my neighborhood always referred to me as Trouble, as in “Here comes Trouble,” and “That one is Trouble.” I wasn’t. While I had the incredible propensity for causing strife in my own life and the lives of folks around me, I generally didn’t. I livedContinue reading “Getting In Trouble”

History Versus the Future?

In today’s body slam match its history versus the future. Weighing in at 5 million pounds comes History, carrying the brunt of civilization on its back, including wars and famine, as well as enlightenment, society and knowledge. In the opposite corner, weighing in at a mere 129 pounds, is The Future, who has broad prospects,Continue reading “History Versus the Future?”

Youth Voice: A Right or Responsibility?

Young people, working with adults as partners, have the ability and capacity to cure the world of all of its ills. Sickness, famine, poverty, war, environmental catastrophe and economic meltdown can all be answered by the energy, idealism, knowledge, power, and wisdom of children and youth. Nothing is over the heads, hearts or hands ofContinue reading “Youth Voice: A Right or Responsibility?”

Steps to a New Youth Voice Movement

I’ve spent the last two days at a TA Partnership meeting on youth involvement in Systems of Care. For those of you who don’t know, Systems of Care is a coordination framework for ensuring that the individuals and organizations involved in providing care for young people who are in foster care, who have been homeless, or other circumstances where our communitiesContinue reading “Steps to a New Youth Voice Movement”

Addendum: Not Post-Youth

I want to add something to my earlier post on “So-Called Youth Issues“: we’re not in an era of some type of “post-youth” analysis. While I want young people to focus on issues that are beyond their demographic, I do not want adults to think that for one minute we should respond in kind by ending our workContinue reading “Addendum: Not Post-Youth”