Access = Empowerment

There are adults in our society who insist on deciding what, how, when, where, why and who young people can access. Questions like this seems to plague their minds:

  • Who does my child hang around with?
  • What should my students read?
  • When can I tell her the truth?
  • Why would they possibly want to know?
  • Where are those little punks?
  • How could they?!?
And so forth. These adults are considered with every issue that affects youth, and in every sector of almost every young person’s life. Luckily, there is growing recognition that when young people have access to information they can change their own lives, the lives of others, and the whole wide world. Here are some examples regarding birth control, school reform, and public health
We have to pull back the curtains and show young people the reality. Must.
Written by Adam Fletcher, this article was originally posted to Learn more at!

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For almost two decades, Adam F. C. Fletcher has led international outreach focused on engaging people successfully. Working with thousands of youth-serving nonprofits, K-12 schools, government agencies, international NGOs and other organizations around the world, his work spans the fields of education, public health, economic development and social services, and includes professional development, public speaking, publishing, social media and more. He founded the Freechild Institute for Youth Engagement, SoundOut and CommonAction, as well as writing more than 50 publications and 500 articles. He has also established 150-plus community empowerment projects.

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