Learner mind is the experience of staying open, honest, humble and accepting of opportunities to learn, examine, critique and explore who we are, how we are and what we do in life. Adults with learner mind are committed to learning from young people as well as other adults.
It is important for adult allies of young people to have humility. Humility is a modest view of your own importance. It means adults see who we really are and what we actually do with young people.
For almost 20 years, the Freechild Institute has been training and consulting youth-serving organizations about youth changing the world, including youth engagement and youth voice. We have learned a lot, including how organizations can engage youth. Here are the steps to transform and sustain organizational youth engagement.
By focusing on justice, equality and meaningful experiences, democratic education can be a powerful tool for youth + social change.