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As Allies - This is a MUST-READ for
adults who hope to strengthen their work WITH young people.
Adults who are, or want to become, allies of young people in
their quest for prompting social change. This publication's
purpose is to increase awareness, pose questions, and increase
intergenerational interaction. Adults who read it should come
away with the idea that youth are valuable resources who can
serve as assets in the community. By Barry Checkoway.
Word Out! As adults, how do you help young people find their power? This booklet deals with the
importance of young people taking on powerful positions in our organizations,
with training exercises that will help groups think about the issues.
Youth-Adult Partnerships Tip Sheet
- A basic information guide to creating
and sustaining young people & adults working together. By
The Freechild Project.
to Young People Listening can be used quite effectively in our work with young people. If adults
can learn to listen to young people with the understanding that, given enough
attention and encouragement, they truly have the best answers, we can help them
make permanent changes in their lives.
Are Youth/Adult Partnerships? - A basic information guide with
citations and reference organizations. By Building Partnerships for
Letters to a Young Activist: A Review - A young activist responds
to a book written by a popular youth activist from the 1960s,
providing needed reflection and insight on youth activism today. By
Are Youth At-Risk?
In the article a 4-H cooperative extension
agent expounds on the failures of youth involvement initiatives
throughout the US.
Youth Voice 101
- An introduction to the oft-abused term, and information about
engaging young peoples' ideas, experiences, knowledge and opinions in
social change. By The Freechild Project
The New Demons: Ordinary Teens
- by Mike Males.
Age Bias Is Not Just for the Elderly
- from the North Carolina Times.
A History of Youth "Rebellion"
- from El Paso Community College.
Bias: Common Sense or Discrimination
Discrimination Against Youth
Community Youth Development - A Description
- From the CYD Journal.
Working Shoulder to Shoulder: Stories and Strategies of
Youth-Adult Partnerships That Succeed
Hart's Ladder of
Children's Participation -
The classic measurement tool adapted by youth-serving
organizations to analyze the form and potential of youth-adult
partnerships. From The Freechild Project.
Provides an interesting continuum to measure the relationship
between young people and adults by echoing Hart's Ladder. By
Kenneth R. Jones. &. Daniel F. Perkins.
Understanding Adultism: A Key to
Developing Positive Youth-Adult Relationships -
An outstanding article that explores adultism, including
what it looks like, its implications, activities, and
impacts on society. By John Bell.
An edition of the School Mediator: Peer Mediation
Insights. Includes definitions, quotes, and more.
This Crimson and Gray magazine from 1997 explores various
aspects of adultism, including the definition and
a detailed exploration of offenses.
Adultism is an "ism" too
- Youth authors include the impacts of adultism and methods to overcome adultism.
By Candice Swiderski and Stacey Palma.
Children as Equals - In this
article the author details how parents are complicit in adultism and how we
can fight adultism at home. By Jodi Wright.
Adultism and Autonomy: Youth as Deviant and In Need of Control
This university-based project from Canada and the EU
explores social justice, and places adultism in the context of societal reasoning and
explores the effects of adultism on young people. From the University
Small Towns, Big Dreams: In Dying Rural Economies, Youth Efforts Infuse New Hope
and Money - Details how young people in rural areas
across the country are central to the revitalization of their communities.
"Young people can change the way a whole town operates. Let me tell you, it's a
breath of fresh air." By What Kids Can Do.
Involvement Guide to Inclusive School Change - Acquaint the reader
with Meaningful Student Involvement by examining school activities,
organizational structures and participant roles. Examples of best
practices and a variety of assessment tools illustrate the application
of the strategy, focusing on adult roles and responsibilities. A
comprehensive resource listing is included. By Adam Fletcher.
50 Things Adults Can
Do With - Not For Students in Schools -
Promoting meaningful student involvement in school change. From
The Roles of Youth in Society: A Reconceptualization
article from The Educational Forum
offers a definitive analysis of the current roles of children and
youth, and how they can be realigned according to necessity and
empowerment. By Ruthanne Kurth-Schai.
are Youth/Adult Partnerships? - A basic tip sheet. From the Texas
Network for Youth Service Organizations.
It Work: A Guide to Successful Youth-Adult Partnerships - From the
Texas Network for Youth Service Organizations.
Index" of Myths About American Teens -
This is a MUST-READ for any adult who is
serious about debunking myths about modern teenagers. Includes
startlingly reaffirming statistics about teen drinking, violence, and
more. By Mike Males.
Teens: Little Respect in a Big World?
- A Crimson and Gray
magazine issue that includes news articles on a wide variety of
topics, including Adultism, welcoming youth, agendas for youth across
society, and teen rebellion.
Consultants for Change - This
article details the work of Community Impact! in involving
youth in changing communities.
"Rather than deploying youth to fulfill internships at
each organization, staff members see themselves and the
youth as consultants to organizations, expanding
educational and economic opportunities for other youth...
imagine the impact  young people could have as part of
a youth/adult firm that is committed to helping 12
organizations create a network of opportunities -
opportunities to help youth and families throughout the
community improve their odds [for success]."
Making the Case for Youth Participation
An excerpt from Younger Voices, Stronger Choices:
Promise Projects Guide to Forming Youth/Adult
Partnerships. "Involving young people in decisions is
a way of showing respect, of saying their opinions and
ideas count. To accomplish this, both youths and adults
will need adequate preparation and training." The article
lists what both youth and older adults must do to make a
partnership work. There is also a link to more information
about the book, which we strongly recommend.
Kids And Guns - Free Download!
- Dispels myths about youth violence by exposing the
underlying intentions of gun makers, politicians, and the
media. By Mike Males.
Youth/Adult Partnerships: A Training Manual - The basics of
engaging youth and adults together, including the nuts and bolts
of everyday activities.
Tips from Young People on Good
Youth/Adult Relationships - Designed to help adults think about relationships with young people.
It includes a collection from more than 500 interviews with young people
worldwide. Hear from young people about what they want adults to know about
being their allies. By Youth on Board.
a Youth Worker Resource Group - A youth worker resource group is a
structured meeting of people who work with youth and who listen and talk about
things that matter to young people. Through the process of listening and sharing
ideas, people can appreciate each other's work, learn from each other's
struggles, and receive encouragement and reliable information about their work,
their lives, and accomplishing their goals. By Youth on Board.
to Young People - Listening can be used quite effectively in our work with
young people. If adults can learn to listen to young people with the
understanding that, given enough attention and encouragement, they truly have
the best answers, we can help them make permanent changes in their lives. By
Youth on Board.
Special Time - This
booklet outlines a simple but very effective way to strengthen your child's
understanding that you care. Parents tell us that doing "Special Time" helps
their children to be more hopeful, more in tune with others in the family, and
better able to say what they really need. By Youth on Board.
Understanding and Supporting Young
People - To be effective, adults need to analyze their own youthful
experiences. This booklet is a hands-on policy statement for adults to work
against young people's oppression and its effects, and can be used as an outline
for how adults can better work with young people. By Youth on Board.
Successfully Involving Youth in Decision Making - Young people should be
involved in the decisions that affect their lives. They benefit.
Organizations benefits. And so does the community. If you are under 21 and
want to learn how to become involved in positions of power, or you are
already working with young people and want to do so more effectively, 14
Points: Successfully Involving Youth in Decision Making is for you. This
comprehensive guide includes guidelines, worksheets, tips, a resource
directory, and stories from the street--all designed to help young people
and adults build effective relationships in order to work together in
improve their communities. By Youth on Board.
Word Out! - As adults, how do you help young people find their power? As
young people, how do you get stronger and feel like you can speak up? This
booklet deals with the importance of young people taking on powerful positions
in our organizations, with training exercises that will help groups think about
the issues. By Youth on Board.
Video - At the Table: Youth Voices in
Decision Making - Young people share their reasons why they decided to serve
their organizations and communities by serving on boards and councils. Young
people and adults share ideas on how to create an environment where everyone can
participate. Includes a Discussion Guide with "food for thought" for each
question in the video. By Youth on Board.
Youth on Board: How and Why to Involve
Young People in Organizational
Decision-Making - Produced in collaboration with the National Center for
Nonprofit Boards, this booklet is perfect for the busy staff person or Board
chair who wants to find out about involving young people in decision-making but
does not have time to read 14 Points with hand-outs and worksheets. The booklet
is great for providing introductory information to boards and committees to
decide if this is the right route for them. By Youth on Board.
Fires in the Bathroom: Advice for Teachers from High School Students
- This valuable book provides relevant,
specific, and detailed recommendations to teachers. By Kathleen
The Scapegoat Generation: America's War on Adolescents
Read an excerpt here. By Mike Males.
Framing Youth: 10 Myths About the Next Generation
- By Mike Males.