Books about Youth + Social Change
The Freechild Project has created a series of books about youth engagement and adultism. These books provide guidance, support, lessons and learning about youth voice, youth empowerment, youth/adult partnerships, and more. Download The Freechild Project Books catalogue.
Books by The Freechild Project
(294 pgs, 2014) Essential lessons, powerful examples and deep insight for newcomers and longtime practitioners. Diving into the meaning, activities and outcomes of youth engagement, it provides slicing analysis and strong tips. $29.95 from Amazon.com.
(190 pgs, 2013) Summarizing a list of downfalls in modern society’s approach to teaching, parenting, and treating children and youth, this book offers new ways adults can stop their negative attitudes and behaviors towards young people. $19.95 from Amazon.com.
(378 pgs, 2012) A collection of twenty-seven lesson plans, a facilitator’s guide, a student handbook and an evaluation guide designed to teach high school students about how they can become partners in changing schools. $99.95 from Amazon.com.
(66 pgs, 2014) With a professional, easy-to-read layout, this short book is packed with useful tips, powerful activities, and great guidance for anyone interested in student voice today! $24.99 from Amazon.com.
(38 pgs, 2013) This is an introduction to youth-driven programming for nonprofits, government agencies, and other youth-serving organizations. The booklet gives a definition and compares approaches, and then provides planning tools, evaluations and assessments, and more. It includes the Ladder of Youth Voice, rubrics for assessing youth-driven programming, and links to examples and resources that readers can explore on their own. $15.99 from Amazon.com.
(54 pages, 2014) A manual highlighting examples, tips, promotional information and resources, as well as steps to implement student involvement. It also provides state-by-state profiles of students on school boards across the United States. $15.00 from Amazon.com.
(60 pgs, 2014) Highlighting a practical framework, important considerations, and real-world examples, this Guide is all about engaging students throughout education. Recommended for anyone interested in student voice, student empowerment, student engagement, or building community in schools. FREE.
(20 pgs, 2005). An introductory guide for young people, youth workers, teachers, and others interested in making social change engaging and relevant to all participants. With Kari Kunst. FREE.
(52 pgs, 2013). A publication created to promote taking practical actions to change the world. Includes quick, easy reading that can help young people or adults think about how to find what needs to change, create programs to make that change happen, and promote Youth Action throughout their communities. FREE.
(22 pgs, 2013). A short introduction to the broad concept of youth engagement that moves beyond seeing young peoples’ connectedness as something adults cause, and towards acknowledging it as something young people naturally do. Answers the essential questions of what, how, when, and where youth engagement happens. FREE.
(81 pgs, 2015) This guide is a collection of essays addressing youth employment, youth entrepreneurship, youth training, youth banking, youth programs, school classes and other activities designed to promote youth engagement in the economy. FREE.
(14 pgs, 2014) An easy-to-read booklet highlighting the basics of youth rights for adults and young people. Includes a glossary, resources, and more. FREE.
(28 pgs, 2014). This is the first easy-to-read publication ever written about this vital topic. Youth, youth workers, and others will benefit from reading this powerful, positive approach to working with young people. FREE.
(105 pgs, 2011). Comprised of a series of one- and two-page entries, each tool here identifies practices, practical considerations and critical concepts that are focused on engaging Youth Voice, particularly among historically disengaged young people.. FREE.
(71 pgs, 2010). Twenty-four hands-on, interactive workshop outlines that youth and adults can use to teach youth or adults about how to successfully engage young people. Workshops focus on skill-development affecting leadership, voice, and engagement, including workshops on communication, planning, and other topics.. FREE.
(100 pgs, 2007). An introductory guide that lays out what, why, who, when, where, and how youth voice happens in diverse communities across Washington State. The handbook includes a Youth Voice Assessment, the Washington Youth Voice Directory, and a resource section. FREE.
(17 pgs, 2007). Centering on the “Cycle of Youth Engagement,” this publication is a summary of the social change issues and actions addressed by and with young people around the world. With Joseph Vavrus. FREE.
(40 pgs, 2001). A hands-on guide to youth engagement in social change. Includes sections on motivation, skill-building, issue awareness, action planning, and resources. FREE.
(12 pgs, 2001). A guide for youth and adult facilitators to the activities used in the Firestarter Program. FREE.
(53 pgs, 2018). A collection of annotated literature from several areas related to youth engagement, including Adultism, Adult Allies, Youth Action, Youth on Boards and Committees, Community Youth Involvement, Government, International Involvement, Philanthropy, Planning, Research, Social Change, Society, and Rights, as well as author Adam Fletcher’s bibliography. FREE.