Youth Engagement with Adults
Young people live in an adult world. Youth and adults constantly interact, react and have transactions with each other. Reliant on adults for basic needs, advanced needs, and most wants in-between, for a long time children and youth were forced to accept whatever adults gave them. However, more than ever before, adults are recognizing that young…
Youth Engagement in Youth Infusion
The term youth infusion was coined by expert and Freechild Project advisor Wendy Lesko, who says the term summarizes “where young people are involved in every conceivable way — as volunteers and paid community organizers, as facilitators and trainers, as conference planners, and as full-fledged members on a board of directors.”
Youth/Adult Partnerships Tip Sheet
The Freechild Institute has found that both young people and adults have the power to help our communities become vibrant, enriching places to live. However, facilitating young people and adults working together can be challenging. The following tips can be helpful when you are working to create Youth-Adult Partnerships.
Introduction to Youth/Adult Partnerships
The Freechild Institute works with nonprofits, government agencies and other organizations to support equitable youth/adult partnerships to improve communities, learning and empowerment for everyone.
Youth Engagement in Youth Leadership
The Freechild Institute supports positive, powerful youth leadership throughout society.
Adultism in Schools
Adultism makes schools today ineffective. The only way to begin the massive cultural and structural transformations that are required is through Meaningful Student Involvement, and engaging students as partners in learning throughout the education system.
Understanding Roles for Youth in Community Development
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.…
The End of Grades and Grading
The practice of teachers assigning students letter or number grades to illustrate how students are performing is an outmoded method, left over the times when schools were regarded as factories, teachers were supervisors, and students were workers. Not only is grading just outdated, research has shown that grading students is damaging as well. Research has…
Why Play Games When There’s Work To Do? Fun, Games and Social Change
“There are at least two kinds of games. One would be called finite, the other infinite. A finite game is played for the purpose of winning, and an infinite game is played for the purpose of continuing to play. The rules of a finite game may not change; the rules of an infinite game must……
Facing Adultism by Adam Fletcher
Discover a grim reality facing all children and youth today called adultism. Do you feel like society treats young people poorly? Does youth empowerment appeal to you? In Facing Adultism, renowned educator Adam Fletcher talks straight about discrimination against young people, and pulls no punches as he lays out the realities of adultism today. Originally…