Youth Engagement in Portland, Oregon

Back in the early 2000s, Portland, Oregon, was another midline American city with nothing special happening. Sure, they had a city youth council, but it was under-energized and ill-equipped for the new century that just began. Then, action happened. In 2002, Multnomah County hired a new youth development coordinator named Josh Todd, and he transformed […]

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 […]

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… […]

Youth Summits

Youth Summits are opportunities for young people to become engaged in positive, powerful and passionate action to change the world. They create short, safe time and space where youth and their adult allies can learn and grow, share youth voice, and become engaged in what matters most to them. Also called Youth Conferences, Youth Summits should increase the […]

Youth Engagement in Youth Action Councils

A Youth Action Council is a group of young people who develop a group approach using their individual abilities in order to solve serious social issues. In Youth Action Councils, young people develop, implement and evaluate actions through youth/adult partnerships. Youth Action Councils can be hosted by nonprofits, local/state/federal government agencies, school districts, community groups, international NGOs, […]