The Voices We Don’t Hear

Who talks that we don’t listen to? What’s said that isn’t heard? Why do we say that all youth voice matters, but then only listen to the voices that sound like our own? With the visible outpouring of support for youth voice across the US in the last month, it can be easy to feel […]

Youth and Gun Control

Guns are everywhere across the United States. After being massacred in schools and neighborhoods throughout the nation’s cities, suburbs and rural places, youth are upset about the absence of gun control. Luckily, today young people are taking action to make a difference. They are working with adults and on their own to change laws, change […]

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 Not only is grading just outdated, research has shown that grading students is damaging as well.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 […]

Freechild Youth Handbook

Free children are not easily influenced; the absence of fear accounts for this phenomenon. Indeed, the absence of fear is the finest thing that can happen to a child. — A.S. Neill Who are you? What matters to YOU? What do you want to do right now? The Freechild Institute wants YOU to have the tools and […]

Stories of Youth Changing the World

The following stories are about young people who decided there was a need in their community, and then took action to meet that need.  Some projects were one-time, and some are on going.  These stories can inspire, infuriate, and empower youth to change the world, and adults to be partners. Cleanin’ It Up and Changing Our […]