Youth participants in a Freechild program.

Programs

The Freechild Institute partners with organizations worldwide to design, facilitate, and evaluate programs that build youth engagement. Our programs include…

Youth Engagement Practitioner Cadres

This is a twelve-month program designed to engage youth engagement practitioners–adults who have been engaging youth in a variety of settings for a substantive period of time–in a professional learning community designed to support, challenge and re-establish the knowledge, skills and ideas that inform their on-the-ground action.

Freechild Youth Action Program

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 is a new program based on many past activities.

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 Voice Institute

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.

Community Retreats

These are problem-solving, planning and training events designed to engage broad cross-sections of communities in taking mutual, collective action to improve youth engagement. Youth, parents, nonprofit leaders, elected officials, law enforcement, educators and others participate together in safe spaces to solve unmet needs throughout their neighborhoods, towns, cities and regions.

Freechild and SoundOut Summer Camps

Through weeklong summer programming, youth learn how they can change the world and/or improve their schools through deliberate, engaging and rewarding action. Focused on ideas, knowledge and action, these summer camps are interactive, hands-on and fun learning spaces for youth to explore themselves, their communities and the world.

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. 

 

For more information about the Freechild Institute programs, contact us.

 


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