Following are free publications written by Adam Fletcher. They are available online from various sources. Questions? Contact Adam.

Free Books by Adam Fletcher

1. Freechild Institute for Youth Engagement Bibliography by Topic

—(53 pgs, 2018) A collection of annotated literature reviews written about 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. Download the Freechild Institute for Youth Engagement Bibliography by Topic


2. The Guide to Meaningful Student Involvement

—(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. Download The Guide to Meaningful Student Involvement »


3. Guide to Students on Canadian School Boards

—(29 pgs, 2015) Policies, tips and examples of student trustees, student representatives and student members of school boards across Canada. Download Guide to Students on Canadian School Boards »


4. Meaningful Student Involvement Deep Assessment

—(25 pgs, 2013) A series of open questions are for individuals or groups to study where and how Meaningful Student Involvement occurs in a school or educational organization. Focused on motivation and culture, it features student and adult readiness, relationships, action, rigor and relevance, sustainability, barriers, and action evaluations. Download Meaningful Student Involvement Deep Assessment »


5. Student Engagement Conditions Assessment

—(16 pgs, 2010) An intensive, open-ended assessment designed to guide groups through basic, critical and advanced conversations about student engagement in schools. Good for small group or class projects. Download SoundOut Student Engagement Conditions Assessment »


6. Meaningful Student Involvement Planning Guide

—(15 pgs, 2010) Key questions providing opportunities for projects, programs and classes to develop and sustain student/adult partnerships. Download Meaningful Student Involvement Planning Guide »


7. Guide to Cooperative Games for Social Change

—(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. Download Guide to Cooperative Games for Social Change »


8. Meaningful Student Involvement Resource Guide

—(35 pgs, 2003) This guide provides descriptions and annotations for dozens of publications, toolkits, organizations, and websites that support student voice throughout education. Download Meaningful Student Involvement Resource Guide »


9. Meaningful Student Involvement Research Guide

—(36 pgs, 2004) This booklet can give advocates a “leg up” in their research needs by illustrating the breadth of research available about engaging student voice throughout education. This Guide highlights 14 research studies and includes a useful listing of research available. Download Meaningful Student Involvement Research Guide »


10. Stories of Meaningful Student Involvement

—(40 pgs, 2004) A collection of examples of meaningful student involvement in action in schools. These anecdotes illustrate various approaches to engaging student voice in school by exploring the applications of engaging students throughout education in dozens of diverse schools. Download Stories of Meaningful Student Involvement »


11. Meaningful Student Involvement: Guide to Students as Partners in Social Change

—(28 pgs, 2005) 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. Download Meaningful Student Involvement: Guide to Students as Partners in School Change »


12. Student Voice and Bullying

—(10 pgs, 2012) This paper the connections between student voice and bullying, including the roots, the implications, and the outcomes. Download Student Voice and Bullying »


13. Meaningful Student Involvement Deep Assessment

—(25 pgs 2013) A series of open questions are for individuals or groups to study where and how Meaningful Student Involvement occurs in a school or educational organization. Focused on motivation and culture, it features student and adult readiness, relationships, action, rigor and relevance, sustainability, barriers, and action evaluations. Download Meaningful Student Involvement Deep Assessment »


14. The Freechild Project Youth Action Guide

The Freechild Project Youth Action Guide

—(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. Download The Freechild Project Youth Action Guide »


15. A Short Introduction to Youth Engagement

—(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. Download A Short Introduction to Youth Engagement »


16. A Short Introduction to Youth Engagement in the Economy

—(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. Download A Short Introduction to Youth Engagement in the Economy »


17. A Short Introduction to Youth Rights

—(31 pgs 2014) An easy-to-read booklet highlighting the basics of youth rights for adults and young people. Includes a glossary, resources, and more. Download A Short Introduction to Youth Rights »


18. Guide to Students on School Boards

—(27 pgs 2014) A short how-to focused on roles for students on boards of education at the local and state levels. Includes tips, legal info, resources, and more. Download the Guide to Students on School Boards »


19. A Short Guide to Holistic Youth Development

Cover for A Short Guide to Holistic Youth Development

—(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. Download A Short Guide to Holistic Youth Development »


20. The Freechild Project Youth Voice Toolkit

—(2020) 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. Online Only »


21. The Freechild Project Youth Engagement Workshop Guide

—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. Download The Freechild Project Youth Engagement Workshop Guide »


22. Washington Youth Voice Handbook (Abbreviated version)

—(2007; 102 pgs) 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. Download the Washington Youth Voice Handbook »


23. The Freechild Project Youth Mainstreaming Guide

—(2020) Based on a wealth of experience and research, this guide provides a short, succinct summary of the deepest route youth involvement can take in organizations. Online only »


24. The Freechild Project Guide to Social Change Led By and With Young People

—(17 pgs 2006) 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. Download The Freechild Project Guide to Social Change Led By and With Young People »


25. Meaningful Student Involvement Idea Guide

Meaningful Student Involvement Idea Guide

—(10 pgs 2002, 2015) A short summary of practical, powerful, and positive ways to engage students as partners throughout the education system. Drawing examples from research and experience, it shares ideas for educators who want to try to meaningfully involve students. Download the Meaningful Student Involvement Idea Guide for Schools »


25. Firestarter Youth Power Curriculum

Firestarter Youth Power Curriculum

—(40 pgs, 2002) A hands-on guide to youth engagement in social change. Includes sections on motivation, skill-building, issue awareness, action planning, and resources. Download the Firestarter Youth Empowerment Participant Guidebook »

—(12 pgs, 2001) A guide for youth and adult facilitators to the activities used in the Firestarter Program. Online Only (archived) »

26. A Unique Introduction to Youth Engagement

—(23 pgs 2013) Instead of insisting on adults’ interpretations of youth engagement, this unique intro focuses on youth actions that demonstrate their engagement. Includes how and where it happens, and tips for taking action. Download A Unique Introduction to Youth Engagement »

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