Balancing Youth Voice

Among adults who work to support youth voice, there are a lot of questions that are wrestled with regularly.

  • How do we best prepare youth to be meaningfully involved?
  • Do we select students to become involved by our judgment, or theirs?
  • How much authority should young people have when they’re involved?
  • What happens if students think they have too much power?
  • Can this make any different to their grades?
  • Doesn’t student voice take away from learning time?
  • What happens to the students who aren’t involved?

In a great video from the UK, an East London school called the George Mitchell School is featured for their superb approaches to recognizing many of these questions, and others. I encourage everyone to watch it as soon as possible. The video identifies the successes of engaging youth voice throughout the learning environment for a lot of different reasons, and shows some of the ways young people can and should become engaged throughout our communities.

Written by Adam Fletcher, this article was originally posted to Learn more at!

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Adam F. C. Fletcher helps organizations engage people more successfully. Contact him by calling (360) 489-9680 or emailing

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