Freechild Institute has several curriculums available for use in various settings, including classrooms, nonprofits, international programs and more. Following are details about each.
Freechild Youth Action Curriculum
Focused on youth changing the world, this program uses a 24-lesson plan curriculum for youth to learn what, how, when and where they can make a difference. Using project-based learning, youth ages 13-19 can build their skills, learn new knowledge and take action through fun, hands-on and powerful learning. This research-driven curriculum is based on 20+ years of experience with many organizations.
SoundOut Student Voice Program
This school-based program is for middle and high school students who want to change schools. Focused on research, planning, teaching, evaluation, decision-making and advocacy, students explore the potential and possibilities of student voice in school improvement. This is a project-based curriculum with a capstone project focused on student-driven school change.
Parent Youth Engagement Seminars
With multiple workshops to select from, youth and parent partners participate in this interactive, cooperation-based seminar in order to foster youth engagement at home. Participants take away new ideas, tools and activities designed to support youth-parent partnerships, and design family action plans to make a difference in their day-to-day living.
Youth Engagement Curriculum
This is an introductory, customized learning opportunity for youth to learn the knowledge, skills and actions needed to advocate for youth voice in various settings throughout community, including nonprofits, government, the economy and home.
SoundOut School Board Training
SoundOut teaches school board members how to engage students on school boards. Our training focuses on a variety of roles for students, as well as the skills and action school boards need to take to on-board students and sustain their meaningful involvement. This training has happened in Michigan, Washington, Vermont and Alberta.
Freechild Institute Courses
These courses are professional development sessions for educators, advocates, social workers and others focused on the skills, knowledge and actions needed to facilitate youth engagement throughout their work. Using generative processes, participants explore their beliefs, experiences, activities and outcomes to critique, strengthen and embolden their youth engagement efforts.