Introducing Comprehensive Youth Engagement
It is normal, appropriate and necessary for young people to choose the same things over and over again. At the Freechild Institute, we refer to this as youth engagement, and for over two decades we have been working with youth and adults across the United States and around the world to foster empowering youth engagement…
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 Rights in Schools
The information in this section was adapted with permission from The Student Bill of Rights Project. It was a collaboration to create a national student-led mandate for schools in the United led by the National Youth Rights Association in coordination with Oblivion, The Freechild Project and Students for a Sensible Drug Policy. More than 3,000 edits were made by…
The Freechild Institute Youth Voice Toolkit
Use the Freechild Institute Youth Voice Toolkit to find some of the tools, examples and resources we have created for young people to change the world in positive, powerful ways!
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.
Youth Engagement as Board Directors
Healthy nonprofit organizations and government agencies consider their entire communities or populations when they are determining organizational leadership and stewards. Engaging youth as board directors can ensure relevance to the people being served and healthy relationships between young people and adults. Ways Youth Engagement as Board Directors Happens Youth on Boards — When young people serve…
Youth, Sexual Abuse and Sexual Assault
Young people around the world are standing against sexual abuse in many ways.
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…