About Freechild

Since 2001, the Freechild Institute for Youth Engagement has supported young people changing the world. If you work for youth voice, youth engagement, youth empowerment, youth leadership, youth/adult partnerships or many other areas, you’ll find tools, examples and more throughout our website.

If you are struggling against racism, economic discrimination, educational inequities or other social justice issues, our website can teach you how to connect with children and youth.

Freechild Institute is an outreach effort by Adam F.C. Fletcher.

Why should youth change the world?

Engaging young people throughout society can move children and youth to feel more ownership in their lives and demonstrate a more giving role in the community. It is easy to connect just about anything you are passionate about to changing the world.


“By far the largest repository of projects, ideas, and organizational links, this resource provides more than adequate information to help students brainstorm ideas in order to start their own initiatives.” – School Library Journal

“The Freechild Project is especially relevant in getting young people to participate in the realms of politics and critical education.” – Henry Giroux

In addition to our website, we also offer training, program consultation, and technical assistance for children, youth and adults. Moving beyond simple concepts, we identify the roots of adultism; build structures to support youth integration; and transform roles for adults as allies to young people.



Freechild Institute was founded by a team of youth advocates from across the United States and Canada in September 2001. Since then, it has been led by a volunteer advisory board and Adam Fletcher. Freechild has several trainers, interns and volunteers who have served the project over the years. Today, Freechild Institute is located in Olympia, Washington, USA.

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Question? Comments? Please contact Freechild Institute by emailing info@freechild.org or by phone at 360-489-9680.