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Youth + Social Change in Democratic Education

By focusing on justice, equality and meaningful experiences, democratic education can be a powerful tool for youth + social change.

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Youth + Social Change through Youth Popular Education

Creating spaces for youth and popular education can support dynamic, powerful and just opportunities for social justice, youth empowerment and community engagement. Popular education is a way of facilitating learning that moves youth from being recipients towards becoming fully equal partners. Brazilian educator Paulo Freire taught that this approach can build learners’ beliefs they can change […]

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Youth Engagement in Portland, Oregon

Back in the early 2000s, Portland, Oregon, was another midline American city with nothing special happening. Sure, they had a city youth council, but it was under-energized and ill-equipped for the new century that just began. Then, action happened. In 2002, Multnomah County hired a new youth development coordinator named Josh Todd, and he transformed […]

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Get Involved

There are several ways you can GET INVOLVED with Freechild Institute! DISCOVER issues that matter to young people today EXPLORE different ways to change the world EXAMINE resources that are available to young people LEARN what, how, when, where and why youth engagement matters READ our publications and share them ACTIVATE and change the world right now! […]

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Youth + Social Change through Youth Summits

Youth Summits are opportunities for young people to become engaged in positive, powerful and passionate action to change the world. They create short, safe time and space where youth and their adult allies can learn and grow, share youth voice, and become engaged in what matters most to them. Also called Youth Conferences, Youth Summits should increase the […]