The Freechild Project's Adam Fletcher speaks to youth in Arizona. Photo by Slingshot Photography
The Freechild Project’s Adam Fletcher speaks to youth in Arizona. Photo by Slingshot Photography


The Freechild Project travels around the world to facilitate learning activities for young people and adults focused on changing the world. We work with nonprofits, K-12 schools, government agencies and other agencies in workshops, conferences, keynotes and more.

It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. ― Frederick Douglass

We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future. ― Franklin D. Roosevelt


We offer highly engaging, interactive and powerful workshops, keynotes and retreats using hands-on, interactive and practical activities that address a number of issues.

Some of our topics include:

Engaging Disengaged Youth — Specializing on reaching historically disengaged youth, we provide training for adult allies who want to learn theory, methods and outcomes. Our hands-on, interactive approach focuses on practical ways to engage disengaged youth in a variety of settings.

Equity, Not Equality: REAL Youth/Adult Partnerships. Focuses on relationships between young people and adults. Moving adults from seeing children and youth as the passive recipients of adult decision-making, this workshop teaches practical, concrete pathways to form partnerships between young people and adults at home, in schools, within communities, and throughout our society.

Intro to Youth Voice. Participants in this workshop learn that youth voice is any expression of any young person about any topic anywhere all the time. Youth and adults in this workshop learn how to harness the power of youth voice to create effective, sustainable change in the lives of young people and throughout our communities.

Moving Beyond Voice. This workshop is an advanced session for practitioners to study the Cycle of Engagement and how it can be used throughout their lives, programs, organizations, and communities. Participants examine assumptions, critically assess activities, and plan for future action.

Advanced Youth Leadership Training. Focused on engaging traditionally dis-engaged youth leaders. Youth and adults who are ready to change the world learn the skills, issues, and pathways communities, organizations, and individuals can take towards youth leadership, and different ways youth leadership can change the lives of youth, adults, and the world.

How to Work with Youth. Training for youth workers, teachers, and other adults who support young people. This workshop maximizes decades of research and experience working with children and youth to support adults becoming allies with children and youth. Adult participants learn practical skills, important issues, and key considerations to successfully working with young people. Barriers are directly addressed, and resources are shared to ensure participant effectiveness in their own settings.

Learning through Service. This workshop shows how activism, organizing, community service, and social change are powerful ways to engage young people in learning practical classroom goals. This workshop engages teachers, youth workers, and youth in learning about service, reflection, meeting community needs, and building powerful agents for social change through learning and teaching.

New Roles for Young People Throughout Society. Participants explore the cultural shifts happening as young people access technology and personalized consumerism. The world they live in is changing, and because of that the institutions that serve them must change, too. Explore those expectations and identifies powerful, effective ways to engage young people.

Engaging Young People in Social Change. Draws on more than 100 years history of American youth activism. This workshop is a broad overview of effective, meaningful, and sustainable approaches to engaging young people in social change. Participants identify opportunities and challenges for that action.

Youth-Led Action. This workshop explores different ways to engage young people in creative, sustainable, and effective social change. Includes concrete planning, recruitment, and evaluation activities.

Engage ALL Youth, Everywhere, ALL the Time! For a long time, the most engaged youth seemed predictable: They were successful, they were connected, and they made adults happy. Today, the picture is a lot different. Adam’s talk focuses audience members on the ways youth engagement is expanding, and how important it is to recognize where youth are engaged right now. Using stories, humor, and examples from his 20+ years experience and research, the audience will be engaged themselves, learning practical, meaningful, and powerful ways to engage all youth, everywhere, all the time!

5 Steps to Youth Engagement. Program evaluators say it is a science and seasoned youth workers say it is an art. No matter which perspective you have, everyone admits it is a little of both. Adam Fletcher looks at some the key issues in youth engagement: What is youth engagement, what gets youth engaged, and what gets organizations real outcomes? Adam’s 5 Steps to Youth Engagement explore some of the gray areas of youth engagement like how to engage youth without spending money, the difference between youth participation and youth engagement, and how to engage someone repeatedly without burn out. He also addresses how to stop youth disengagement, how to understand the rules of youth engagement, and how to engage adults in engaging young people. You will leave with practical action you can use right away.



These topics are skill-building opportunities for participants to identify and explore what they know and need to know, and then challenges them to go to the next level.

  • Intro to Engagement
  • Becoming an Effective Facilitator
  • How to Work with Children
  • How to Work with Youth
  • How to Work with Parents
  • How to Work with Government Workers
  • How to Work with Nonprofits
  • How to Work with Schools
  • Ready for Social Change
  • Breaking Stereotypes
  • Examining Media Bias
  • Be Who You Are
  • Words as Weapons and Tools
  • Short Listening Activities
  • Feedback Techniques
  • Jargon Flags
  • Power, Trust, and Respect
  • Facilitation skills
  • Consensus Decision Making
  • Meeting Management
  • Being an Effective Ally
  • Ethical Leadership
  • Goal Setting for Your Future
  • Situational Leadership
  • Ground Rules
  • Group Strengths and Weaknesses
  • The Silent Circle
  • Group Appreciations
  • It’s in the Bag
  • Problem Solving 101
  • Planning For Roadblocks
  • Letting Go & Taking Charge
  • Ideal Partners
  • Creating Roles for Community Members
  • Teambuilding
  • Introduction to Service Learning
  • Introduction to Community Involvement
  • Introduction to Social Change

Many other topics are available, as well as technical assistance, program design and evaluation, and more. To learn more, contact us.


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