There are a lot of adults who want to make a difference in the world by becoming an adult ally to young people. However, many get frustrated because they don’t know what it takes. This article is about the traits of adult allies.
In order to be adult allies, adults have to learn to listen to children and listen to youth. Listening can be simple, painless and easy; it can also be complex, painful and hard. Either way, adults have to learn to listen to young people in order to get past just hearing what they said. This is how adult allies listen to 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.
The Freechild Institute supports youth engagement in government services. Our services include program planning, professional development, coaching services, project evaluation and more. We have also created a number of resources that may be valuable to government agencies. Youth Engagement Mapping—This self-guided process can examine current and potential youth engagement by identifying data, processes and other […]
This week I’ve had the honor of participating in a Thinkery in London with the Community Development Journal, an international academic publication produced by the Oxford University Press. Along with providing a keynote address to provoke conversation and growth in the field, I’ve sat in on three days of meetings with their international advisory board. […]