Adam Fletcher on Violence

In my teens I grew up in a neighborhood with a lot of violence, present in my own family, among my friends, and throughout my neighbors’ lives. As a community youth worker, I spent a lot of time with young people who faced physical, psychological, social, and emotional violence almost relentlessly. Faced with the oppression of constant struggle and immoral disregard by adults throughout our society, I come to this work of promoting youth voice with the full intent of addressing the hatred, pain, and brutal immorality of violence.

I have found that social, emotional, intellectual, and psychological engagement with young people is the precursor to all non-violence. It is the only way to proceed at this point. Since 2006, I have used this blog to help understand and share my understanding about the relationship between violence and engagement. Here is a collection of my different blog entries related to violence and non-violence.

Write and let me know what you think and feel, and what you are doing to make a difference right now.
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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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