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Better Volunteering

I think all organizations that engage volunteers have an obligation to engage them in critical self-examination, especially about the service they are seeking to embark in. I have promoted structural change for years is because it can be less threatening to encourage volunteers to look at change the policies, programs, and activities within a community, rather than […]

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Stopping Discrimination Against Children

Recently, a young person from Finland wrote to me for an interview. They wanted to discuss discrimination against children. Following are the questions they asked and my responses. Let me know what you think in the comments section! What is child discrimination to you? Discrimination against children happens anytime adults are biased towards adults. That […]

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Adults Letting Go and Taking Charge

Recently, I wrote an entry on this blog called “The Gradual Release of Authority” in response to a series of conversations I’ve been having across the country. This issue continually comes up with adults who are grappling with moving young people from being passive recipients of adult-driven programming, whether in schools, nonprofits, government agencies or […]

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The Gradual Release of Authority

The third step in my Cycle of Engagement is to give the person who you’re trying to engage authority. Whether you’re a teacher, social worker, politician or parent, you have authority you can grant another person. Anyone who has any position of responsibility for other people can grant authority to those people. More responsibility We live in […]

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Authenticity in Youth Voice and Youth Engagement

When a parent spends a whole childhood telling their kids they need to be one way, and the kids grow up in a community that only acts one way, and schools don’t prepare anyone for anything other than that one way, when they go onto become that one way, that cannot be called a choice […]

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Unpacking #Youthification

There’s a conversation afoot about “youthification,” which means acting younger. Apparently, moms do it, businesses should do it, neighborhoods are doing it, and entire cities want to do it more. After reviewing several articles about this term, I have identified several assumptions in the conversations about “youthification”: All Youth Are the Same: This conversation about youthification generally revolves around the idea that […]

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How to Recruit Youth Today

Youth have many choices to make today. Let’s say that you’re 18 years old. You left school before graduating, and your friend’s mom is letting you stay in their garage. You have many choices, and they’re stacked like this: Apply for jobs Break into a car to steal something See if your old girlfriend wants […]

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Are All Adults Adultist?

I believe all adults are adultist. Adultism is bias towards adults – any kind of bias. If an adult wants to hang out with their friends at a bar on Saturday night, they’re being adultist. If an adult lives in a house with children and buys dining room table chairs and a table made for […]

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Bastardizing Youth Voice

When considering youth as allies to educators, adults may be tempted to act as translators for youth voice. Concerned that youth are not capable of speaking “adult-ese”, well-meaning program staff, nonprofit administrators, researchers, government staff, youth advocates and teachers reword the ideas of youth, interpret them, or otherwise differentiate between what youth actually said and what adults believe they meant. […]

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I Will See YOU in São Paulo!

On Monday I am flying to São Paulo, Brazil, to talk about my philosophy and practice through CommonAction, including SoundOut and The Freechild Project. It all began a few years ago, when Lilian Kelian contacted me. Working with a program called Jovens Urbanos (Urban Youth), Lilian asked if they could translate some of my publications and use them […]