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Youth + Social Change through Youth-Led Programs

As young people build their knowledge, skills and abilities to change the world, they should have positive, purposeful opportunities to develop and expand their commitment to positive social change. Youth-led programs are opportunities created by individuals and organizations where youth lead planning, decision-making, facilitation, reflection and evaluation on issues that matter to them, using actions they want to use. Through youth/adult partnerships, adults can act in supportive, engaging ways. However, youth always maintain the lead, direction and authority.

Students should not only be trained to live in a democracy when they grow up; they should have the chance to live in one today. — Alfie Kohn

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By Adam Fletcher

Adam is a co-founder and longtime leader of Freechild. He has spoke at conferences, written publications, taught people, and consulted organizations about youth voice, youth engagement, youth-led social change, youth/adult partnerships and more. Learn more about him at adamfletcher.net.

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Hi My Name is Charmet Findley (Shar-May), and I’m a Youth and Community Specialist w/ Harris County Youth Collective. We advocate for dual status youth as well provide peer to peer mentoring in RTCS, working with different departments such as DFPS and the Texas Department of Juvenile Probation and many other organizations to change policies, establishing and running focus groups involving youth in systems, as well as current or up to date problems in our community that pertain to youth. We also advocate for Teen Pregnancy and more Safe & Supportive Schools. We Know during these trouble times all Youth Organizations are experiencing difficulty and we would like to set up a National Youth Led Focus Group that centers itself around the problems we are facing so we can connect to resources as well as collaborate or establish new
partnerships on current/upcoming projects.

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