Seattle Advanced Youth Engagement Workshop

Responding to demand from around Washington and across the United States, Service Learning SeattleCommonAction ConsultingSOARand IDEA are partnering to bring an advanced youth engagement workshop to Seattle this month. And its open to the public!

Are you a long-time youth worker, teacher, or adult ally who has used youth engagement to change your community? Join Adam Fletcher for a daylong session to reflect on what you know, gather new tools and strategies, and connect with other advanced practitioners from across the city. This workshop is recommended for people who’ve been intentionally using youth engagement strategies for at least three years.

Participants will experience hands-on activities focused on practical action. In a highly-interactive style, Adam will facilitate conversations, personal reflection, and other activities designed to dig deep into current practice, identify challenges, and create new solutions. Through substantial interaction and sharing professional experiences, participants will also create lasting relationships with each other.

Learning Goals

Participants will…
  • Identify their professional learning about youth engagement and critically reflect on successes and failures.
  • Examine their knowledge, assumptions, and practices with youth engagement using research-based tools.
  • Create strategic professional action plans in order to infuse practice into daily operations for greater efficacy.

About the Presenter

Adam Fletcher is an internationally-known, award-winning public speaker, facilitator, trainer, freelance writer, and consultant for organizations, and serves as a professional coach for individuals. Learn more about him at
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Youth Worker Learning Communities

A learning community is a group of folks who work together to learn about something. Increasingly used in schools, in 2011-12, I worked with a Seattle-based partnership to establish one among youth workers focused on the topic of youth engagement.
I first learned about learning communities from Giselle Martin-Kniep, the leader of an organization in New York called Communities for Learning. Her research and practice has changed dozens of schools across that state, and working with her in  2007-08 taught me the basics of developing learning communities.

Learning communities can help all kinds of professionals get better by teaching themselves and their peers, while learning from those same people. The King County Youth Engagement Practioners Cadre (KCYEPC) focused on a variety of topics of interest to our participants: activities, recruitment, adverse childhood experiences, and adultism, for example. Learning communities can focus on any subject, age group, community, or any combination of topics that facilitators believe need attention.
Learning communities depend on learners working together. Through deliberate team-building, communication, and trust exercises focused on shared professional examination, the KCYEPC developed their own group norms and learning goals. In the KCYEPC, learning community participants were united in their commitment to improving their youth engagement efforts.
Kyla Lackie was my co-facilitator from SOAR, a partner organization that serves as the coalition for children and youth in Seattle and throughout King County. Kyla facilitated everything with me. Despite us leading all the activities preliminarily, we constantly reinforced to the KCYEPC members that we were all there as co-learners. We led a variety of small group activities throughout our gatherings and challenged members with projects to collaborate on outside the meeting sessions.



Those collaborations didn’t cement overnight. Working with a subgroup to identify how adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs, affect youth engagement, Gwen Wessels of Seattle Parks and Recreation said her group required personal investment. “We spent a lot of time figuring out how to make it work,” she says. “Instead of one of us saying, ‘This is how we’ll do our project,’ we asked everyone for input.” Once Gwen’s group let down their guard and started sharing their work, they began to learn together.
To members who were used to being the only ones in their organizations who “get it”, the KCYEPC became essential for their professional growth. However, sharing information about techniques was sometimes uncomfortable. To overcome these barriers, Kyla and I encouraged members to share their assumptions, successes, and failures with each other. Once they shared opinions in a trusting setting, members became open to deeper conversations and critical self-examination.
Learning community facilitators must establish trust, particularly among participants representing diverse perspectives. Learning has to focus on collaboration and not competition. KCYEPC members formed teams that wrote academic papers together, created mini-workshops to teach other members, and co-presented their learning throughout the year to professional gatherings at the end of their year together.
Other steps that are essential in learning communities include holding long enough learning times in order to work through issues in depth. The KCYEPC met for more than 50 hours over the course of eight months. They had four whole-day sessions, along with meeting outside those days and presenting to others groups.
Learning communities should represent as much diversity as possible. In New York, Martin-Kniep taught me early that broad populations of co-learners were often best for solving the challenges facing schools. Applying that same principle to community-based work, the KCYEPC members represented many different experiences, backgrounds, principles, and practices. Representing more than 20 organizations, the 22 members of the KCYEPC represented science education, youth homelessness, community organizing, and faith-based organizations, among many others. Participant ages ranged from 21 to 68.
Throughout the first year of the KCYEPC, we often sought to bring outside voices into our learning community. The broad perspectives of youth and professionals helped untangle some of the challenges our members faced that members couldn’t address. With contributions from young people affected by youth engagement outreach activities and policy-makers who had focused on engaging youth, our group of practitioners moved from being an interest-based study group towards a change-oriented learning community. With intensified focus, members started having tougher conversations about social justice, youth discrimination, and effective practice.  
Perhaps it’s most important to remember to keep the learning in learning communities. Focused on improving individual professional action and personal engagement in youth work, KCYEPC members developed deeply, naturally. Examining challenging topics allowed members to take bold steps towards changing their communities.
Today, it’s most rewarding to hear about KCYEPC alumni members’ successes. One member reported being able to keep his job because he demonstrated his passionate commitment towards the youth he served, while another said her work was deepened across all kinds of boundaries because of our learning community.
Staying committed to the learning community approach, Seattle Public Schools Youth Engagement Zone program, supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service, obligated support for the KCYEPC throughout the 2012-13 school year. Kyla and I have been joined by one of our first year graduates, Teddy Wright, as a facilitator for CommonAction. We’re excited to continue growing and evolving our work into this year and look forward to all the excitement of continuing to foster this approach throughout our field and across this community, and hope it will serve as a model for communities across the nation into the future.
To learn more about youth worker learning communities, the KCYEPC, or our other work, contact CommonAction Consulting at (360)489-9680 or email
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Workshops For Your School or Community!

Did you know that CommonAction has been facilitating high quality learning experiences since 2005? Working in more than 35 states and 4 countries, our staff are renowned for their interactive expertise. CommonAction staff have more than 100 years combined experience working with diverse participants in a variety of settings. Following is information about what we provide.

Workshop Logistics 

Adam facilitating at the National
School Boards Association conference.
We offer each workshop in formats ranging from 60 minutes to 6 days, and can create longer retreat and conference formats on request. They can be customized as training events, conference sessions, or professional development programs. They are interchangeable for different environments and participants, and can be customized to meet your organization’s needs. 

Based in current research, practical experience, and pragmatic application, all of our offerings can be customized to meet participant needs. Each workshop is a hands-on, interactive learning event that engages participants as co-learners. Our workshops cover Personal Engagement, Community Engagement, Youth Engagement, School Engagement, and general skill-building workshops.

Youth Engagement Workshops

Emma facilitating at a student leadership
  • Advanced Youth Leadership Training. Focused on engaging traditionally dis-engaged youth leaders. Youth and adults who are ready to change the world learn the skills, issues, and pathways communities, organizations, and individuals can take towards youth leadership, and different ways youth leadership can change the lives of youth, adults, and the world. 
  • Equity, Not Equality: REAL Youth/Adult Partnerships. Focuses on relationships between young people and adults. Moving adults from seeing children and youth as the passive recipients of adult decision-making, this workshop teaches practical, concrete pathways to form partnerships between young people and adults at home, in schools, within communities, and throughout our society. 
  • Intro to Youth Voice. Participants in this workshop learn that youth voice is any expression of any young person about any topic anywhere all the time. Youth and adults in this workshop learn how to harness the power of youth voice to create effective, sustainable change in the lives of young people and throughout our communities. 
  • Moving Beyond Voice. This workshop is an advanced session for practitioners to study the Cycle of Engagement and how it can be used throughout their lives, programs, organizations, and communities. Participants examine assumptions, critically assess activities, and plan for future action. 
  • How to Work with Youth. Training for youth workers, teachers, and other adults who support young people. This workshop maximizes decades of research and experience working with children and youth to support adults becoming allies with children and youth. Adult participants learn practical skills, important issues, and key considerations to successfully working with young people. Barriers are directly addressed, and resources are shared to ensure participant effectiveness in their own settings. 
  • Learning through Service. This workshop shows how activism, organizing, community service, and social change are powerful ways to engage young people in learning practical classroom goals. This workshop engages teachers, youth workers, and youth in learning about service, reflection, meeting community needs, and building powerful agents for social change through learning and teaching. 
  • New Roles for Young People Throughout Society. Participants explore the cultural shifts happening as young people access technology and personalized consumerism. The world they live in is changing, and because of that the institutions that serve them must change, too. Explore those expectations and identifies powerful, effective ways to engage young people. 
  • Engaging Young People in Social Change. Draws on more than 100 years history of American youth activism. This workshop is a broad overview of effective, meaningful, and sustainable approaches to engaging young people in social change. Participants identify opportunities and challenges for that action. 
  • An Intro to Youth-Led Action. This workshop explores different ways to engage young people in creative, sustainable, and effective social change. Includes concrete planning, recruitment, and evaluation activities. 

Student Engagement Workshops

Teddy and participants at a professional development.
  • Intro to Meaningful Student Involvement. Explores Adam Fletcher’s internationally recognized Frameworks for Meaningful Student Involvement. This workshop teaches participants how to create powerful, purposeful approaches to engaging students as partners in schools. 
  • Advanced Meaningful Student Involvement. A concrete series of exercises focused on integrating students as partners throughout education. Action planning, learning rubrics, evaluation activities, and student-adult partnerships will be explored in classroom teaching, school improvement, and throughout the education system. 
  • Intro to Student Voice. Participants learn that student voice is any expression of learners focused on learning or schools. This training develops both students’ and educators’ understanding what student voice can do in school, including classrooms and school improvement activities. 
  • Beyond Student Voice. This workshop helps educators and students understand that schools can become locations for passionate, effective action by all learners in all subject areas. Focused on practical tools to influence teaching and learning, this workshop provides the skills educators need to transform teaching in the 21st century. 
  • Advanced Student Leadership Training. This workshop emphasizes applied leadership throughout schools. Students and educators to work together to engage students beyond planning dances. Participants explore how to engage traditional and nontraditional student leaders solving serious problems in their schools and transform student engagement for all learners. 
  • Successful Student Involvement in Decision-Making. Highlights the roles of student voice in schools. Participants examine their organization’s culture and structure, identifying a multitude of ways to successfully involve students. This workshop focuses on implementing, evaluating, and sustaining student involvement. 
  • Learning about Learning. Designed to teach students about learning, the school system, and school improvement. Topics covered include Evaluating Your Education, Intro to School Reform, Building Community in Schools, Learning through Service to Schools, and Student-led Organizing to Improve Schools. 
  • Students as Partners in School Improvement. Engages participants in learning about engaging students as education researchers, planners, decision-makers, evaluators, teachers, and advocates. Practical opportunities are explored, and participants create plans including implementation and evaluation. 
  • Engaging Nontraditional Student Leaders. Designed for educators who want to reach the quiet, inconvenient, or disregarded student leaders in their schools. This workshop focuses on developing new perspectives of their abilities. It provides concrete examples, and establishes clear opportunities in each educator’s setting for action. 
  • Changing Classroom Climate. Focused on engaging all students as leaders, this workshop teaches educators how to establish group expectations, self-monitoring, and clear avenues to ensure student investment and ownership in climate-building activities. 

Personal Engagement Workshops
Participants at a CommonAction event.
  • Get Engaged! How to Love the Life You Live Right Now. Participants move inward by learning practical tools and actions. Examine life, identify priorities, and discover new ways to see who you really are and what you really want to do. 
  • Welcome to Heartspace. This workshop is a calm, open space for participants to explore what they’re engaged in and why it matters in their life. Using hands-on activities, you’ll learn how to enhance Heartspace throughout your life. 
  • Intro to Personal Engagement. In this workshop participants explore what personal engagement is, how it happens, and how it can be used to improve the world around us. Especially for people who want to change the world, starting with themselves. 
  • Living the Principle of Engagement. Exploring universal interdependence, participants in this workshop move from awareness to action through 5 simple stages that can change the world. 
  • The Spiritual Side of Social Change. This non-religious workshop teaches how great social change leaders were spiritually grounded. After exploring the spiritual side of engagement through hands-on activities walk away invigorated and grounded in who you are and what you know. 
  • Changing Our Communities On Purpose. Learn how social change requires personal and community engagement. Using practical tools identify what you are currently engaged in, and then explore when, where, how, and why interdependence matters. Leave knowing how to change your life and your community. 

Community Engagement Workshops 

  • Intro to Community Engagement. Provides an overview of what community engagement is, where and how it happens, and why we need to be concerned about it. Gives a concrete overview of theory and practice, and focuses on real outcomes. 
  • Leading Communities With Love. Focuses on the motivations of movements within themselves and how those affect social change. Use practical tools to uncover your beliefs and real case studies to move your action to the next level! 
  • Connecting to Constituents. Participants learn hands-on tools for engagement. They study different approaches to making a difference, and identify new opportunities for deeper impact. 
  • Engaging Government as Allies, Not Enemies. Explores specific circumstances of reaching across the aisles at work to build alliances, establish collaborations, and deepen relationships in order to promote social change. Concrete examples and real experience are used to highlight research-driven tools that can be used in any setting. 
  • Moving From Apathy to Solidarity. Participants in this workshop explore different perceptions service providers, funders, educators, and others have of the people they serve. They then explore different ways to transform those perceptions, and what to do when transformation does not happen. 

Specialty Workshops

  • Group Facilitation Skills. Effective for groups of all sizes. 
  • “Get Things Done” in Effective Meetings. Efficient meetings ensure decisions get made and tasks get done. 
  • Consensus Decision Making. Powerful tool for action. 
  • Community Leadership. Strategies supporting motion. 
  • Ethical Leadership. Align actions with core values. 
  • 5 BOLD STEPS. Define core values, set goals, and more. 
  • Being an Effective Ally. Learning across differences. 
  • Situational Leadership. Actions for life, work and more. 
  • Real Reflection. Powerful measures through online tools. 
  • Them Where They’re At. Differentiated instruction and technology to challenge every learner. 
  • Learning Mastery. Practical steps to engage students 
  • Formative Assessment. Technology for small teams. 
  • Stop-Drop-Assess. Online tools for formative assessment. 
  • STAMP. Aligning assessments through frameworks. 
  • Portfolios. Using blogs in classrooms and youth programs. 
  • Intrinsic Motivation, Learning and Technology. Teachers Provides The What Students Provide The How 
  • Collaborative Learning with Youth. Wikis for classrooms and youth programs 
  • Building Personal Learning Community – Twitter and Social Media in the Classroom 
  • Taming the Internet with Social Bookmarks 
  • Top 10 Social Media Tools for Education That Make a Difference 
  • Brain Rules! – Better Understanding Brain Research to Better Connect with Kids 
  • Stop Your Presentation Before It Kills Again – How To Present Better, Simpler 
  • Have the Internet Come to You with Google Reader 
  • See Your Learning Clearly with Mind Maps 
  • Create a Social Media Contract 
  • Get To Know Your Students – Multiple Intelligences and Learning Styles 
  • UBD and ATOM Lesson Planning for Project-based Learning 
  • Copyright and The Creative Commons – How to Share Legally 

Skill-Building Workshops 

  • Intro to Engagement 
  • Becoming an Effective Facilitator 
  • How to Work with Children 
  • How to Work with Youth 
  • How to Work with Parents 
  • How to Work with Government Workers 
  • How to Work with Nonprofits 
  • How to Work with Schools 
  • Ready for Social Change 
  • Breaking Stereotypes 
  • Examining Media Bias 
  • Be Who You Are 
  • Words as Weapons and Tools 
  • Short Listening Activities 
  • Feedback Techniques 
  • Jargon Flags 
  • Power, Trust, and Respect 
  • Facilitation skills 
  • Consensus Decision Making 
  • Meeting Management
  • Being an Effective Ally 
  • Ethical Leadership 
  • Goal Setting for Your Future 
  • Situational Leadership 
  • Ground Rules 
  • Group Strengths and Weaknesses 
  • The Silent Circle 
  • Group Appreciations 
  • It’s in the Bag 
  • Problem Solving 101 
  • Planning For Roadblocks 
  • Letting Go & Taking Charge 
  • Ideal Partners 
  • Creating Roles for Community Members 
  • Teambuilding 
  • Introduction to Service Learning 
  • Introduction to Community Involvement
  • Introduction to Social Change 

All our workshops can be customized for audiences ages 8 to 80, and we can accommodate group sizes from four to four hundred. Contact our office for more information. 
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CommonAction Video Guide

Did you know that CommonAction has a collection of videos on youtube? We believe there are a lot of different ways to learn, and here we feature visual based learning opportunities.

Here’s our listings, and a description of each one!

Let me know if you’d like to see other videos from me in the future!
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The CommonAction Principles of Learning

“I do not teach anyone, 
I only provide the environment in which they can learn.” 
— Albert Einstein

This is me facilitating in Seattle in 2009.
At CommonAction Consulting, we strive to create learning environments in all of our knowledge and skill-building activities. Over the last year we have facilitated learning for more than 4,500 children, youth, and adults in a variety of settings across the nation.
Each time we have led these activities, we have kept the CommonAction Principles of Learning in mind. Each of our trainers, facilitators, and consultants commit to upholding these principles, and I’m glad to share them here publicly at the request of a past workshop participant.

The CommonAction Principles of Learning

  • Be a Facilitator- Not a Teacher, Speaker, or Preacher. There’s a difference between a teacher, a speaker, a preacher, and a facilitator. A facilitator leads the gathering or group; guides the gathering towards its goals; and leads by example, not force. 
  • Create Guidelines and Goals. Overcome cynicism and inability by having participants create ground rules or guidelines before you begin. Brainstorm potential rules and write them down – but avoid too many rules. Every group should have some specific guidelines that all participants agree on.
  • Think about Framing & Sequencing. Facilitators introduce the purpose, or frame, the group they’re leading. An important consideration is the order in which you present groups, or sequencing.
  • Reflect, Reflect, Reflect. One way make group events matter is to reflect before, during, and after the reflection. You can see reflection as a circle: You start with an explanation what you are going to learn and
  • frame its purpose and goals to the group.
  • Create Safe Space. It is vital to create, foster, and support safe spaces where participants can learn together. Establishing a safe space is powerful, positive, and hopeful, and hope is a requirement for excellent facilitation.
  • Seek Consensus. Whenever a group is discussing a possible solution or coming to a decision on any matter, consensus is a tool excellent facilitators turn to.
  • Embrace the Journey. Learning is a process, not an outcome. Encourage participants to view the group process as a journey that has no particular destination. However, even experience cannot teach us what we do not seek to learn. John Dewey once wrote that we should seek, “Not perfection as a final goal, but the ever-enduring process of perfecting, maturing, refining is the aim of living.” This is true of excellent facilitation.
  • Embrace Challenges. Since excellent facilitation is a process, it is important to understand that there will be difficult times ahead. One of the keys to excellent facilitation is knowing that criticism will come – and that can be good.

Contact me if you’re interested in booking a training on excellent facilitation for your school, nonprofit, community, or agency. If you’re ready to take action to become an excellent facilitator all on your own, you can learn more about these principles from my 2011 article, “Becoming An Excellent Facilitator,” which is required reading for all CommonAction team members.

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CommonAction at 2012 Bridge Conference

Next Monday and Tuesday, October 8-9, I will be in Seattle to facilitate at School Out Washington’s 2012 Bridge Conference. This year’s theme is “Empower Youth Voices”, and will be attended by 500 people. I’m excited! This is my first time presenting there, and I look forward to a great time. I am presenting sessions on my own, and with a few great friends and colleagues. 

Let me know if you’ll be there and we can connect! Following are the descriptions for what I’m involved in.

  • More than Voice: The Cycle of Engagement – FAIL!?! Why don’t our youth voice programs work? This session will answer that question by examining a research-driven process that lets youth voice advocates WIN every time! Participants will learn how to move youth voice towards passion, purpose, and power. Participants can learn how to engage the disengaged through a more effective approach to working with all young people everywhere all the time. This session focuses on a pattern from Adam Fletcher’s research which he calls the Cycle of Engagement. The Cycle has been used in K-12 schools and youth-serving organizations around the world for programming, planning and evaluation, and as a staff and youth skill-building tool. Discover what its for, how its used, and the impact it can have.
  • How to Engage: Learning from local youth engagement practitioners – (with Kyla Lackie) Participants in this session will explore the King County Youth Engagement Practitioners Cadre, and the role of establishing professional learning communities among youth development workers. Launched during the 2011-12 school year, the first cohort of the Cadre was a collaboration between SOAR, Seattle Public Schools’ Service Learning Seattle, and CommonAction Consulting with funding from the National Corporation for Community Service Youth Engagement Zone program. This session will focus on the new King County Youth Engagement Handbook, a compilation of tools, lessons, and cutting edge writing by Cadre members.
I’m also going to be leading a table in Jessica Werner’s session on Tuesday afternoon. My table will be focused on Meaningful Student Involvement.
Learn more about what CommonAction is available to do at your conference or event by looking at our catalog! You can also contact us anytime…
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Subscribe to the New CommonAction Newsletter!

Starting this month, CommonAction is launching a monthly newsletter! Subscribers will hear about the workings and outcomes of our effort to engage people to change the world, straight to their inbox. If you’re interested in The Freechild Project, SoundOut, Heartspace, or the work of Adam Fletcher and his associates, you should subscribe. If you want to know about the latest publications, web developments, projects, and activities of CommonAction, you should subscribe. Looking for news and views about youth engagement, community empowerment, meaningful student involvement, and personal engagement? You should subscribe!

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Scott Le Duc Is The Most Awesome Facilitator

Scott Le Duc and I have been comrades in arms since 2002, when we shared offices at Generation YES here in Olympia. Since then, we’ve schemed and dreamed, and facilitated together for days at a time across the US. A veteran teacher at Capital High School here in Olympia, I’ve visited his classroom and volunteered for the Olympia School District Career & Technical Education Advisory Committee that he staffs.
You can find a few different biographies of Scott floating around the Internet. One of my favorites
comes from his school website he shares with students:

Scott Le Duc’s Biography

  • 39 years old
  • Career goal is to work as an educator, teaching web publishing, photography and presentation skills
  • I am from Green Bay, Wisconsin
And that’s it.
The biography of Scott on China’s Wuhan University website where he is adjunct faculty is self-written. He says, 

“I have been a learner all of my life. I am an autodidact. So, I am in the right profession.

I currently work at Capital High School as a Career and Technical Educator focusing on art and technology instruction, Generation YES as a curriculum developer and trainer for, and Lesley, City and St. Martin’s and Universities as an adjunct faculty working in the Masters in Teaching program. I am also an adjunct faculty of computer science with the Wuhan University of Technology in Wuhan, China.

I conduct a workshop for the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) titled Teaching 2.0. I showcase web 2.0 tools like screencasting, podcasting, wiki’s, blogs, RSS, Tagging, social bookmarks, online social networks, media tools (YouTube Video, Flickr Photo Gallery), great presentation techniques, brain research-based teaching philosophies and tools like Understanding by Design (UBD) mind mapping, project-based learning, total quality learning, arts integration, creativity, productivity and other relevant techniques to help teachers better connect with and instruct students.”

For CommonAction’s promotional materials, I rewrote Scott’s biography. 

Scott Le Duc, CommonAction Consultant, is a master teacher with more than a decade in the classroom at Capital High School in Olympia, Washington. As a career and technical   educator, Scott focuses on art and technology instruction, and also serves as adjunct faculty at Lesley University, City University, St. Martin’s University and Wuhan University of Technology. Scott’s specialties include a variety of technologies, as well as Multiple Intelligences, great presentation techniques, brain research-based teaching philosophies and tools, and other relevant techniques to help people connect with people. Living a life of “relevant reverie,” Scott enjoys effective education, powerful presentations, and collaborative communication, and believes in Gandhi’s message, “My life is my message.”

Scott is one of the most awesome facilitators I have ever meant. His dynamic energy, responsive style, and expert knowledge is refreshing, empowering, and engaging for audiences of all sizes. Working together, I have actually experienced Scott eclipsing my ability by meeting participants’ wants for technological expertise that I cannot. I constantly, consistently, and whole-heartedly commend Scott for his abilities and powers, and I’m completely excited to have him on board with the CommonAction team.
Scott’s links include his websites on Learning Mastery, I Do We Do You Do,  school webpages, and others. 
Check him out, and give a call to the CommonAction office by emailing or calling (360) 489-9680 to bring him to your school or organization for training and consulting!
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Fall 2012 Internships Open NOW!


CommonAction Consulting is the premiere human engagement firm in North America. Interning at CommonAction is a great way to get introduced to a variety of sectors that serve people, including nonprofits, education, and government.

Our interns are college students who are self-starters and independent, working under the supervision of internationally-recognized, award-winning human engagement expert Adam Fletcher. CommonAction gives our interns tons of responsibility and opportunities. Stationed on their own computers and phones, our interns work from home. 
We have three positions available, and information follows.

General Requirements

  • Able to travel to Olympia for a one-day (7 hour) orientation. 
  • Committed to 12-15 hours of online work per week 
  • Self starter – ability to work well alone and with others 
  • Passionate about engaging people to change the world, committed to social change, and believer in the public good 
  • Love the CommonAction mission and can work with a quirky, loose-knit team 


  • This is an unpaid internship. Those who successfully complete an internship can earn school credit. They’ll also have tons of fun, get a great reference letter, and work with a leading national organization promoting powerful, world-changing work.


  • October 1—December 17, 2012 


  • If all of this fits you or someone you know, please apply by September 21. 
  • Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, and first come, first served! 
  • No late or incomplete applications will be accepted. 
  • Be creative (we like videos and baked-goods, as well as proper spelling and grammar)! 
  • If we are interested, we will contact you for an interview. 
  • CommonAction Consulting is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 
  • No phone calls, please! 

POSITION: Marketing Intern

Marketing at CommonAction Consulting is all about creating buzz to support our professional services and products, including The Freechild Project and SoundOut. We work hard to form powerful partnerships to support young people and get them involved with us to take action. We work with our partners to secure contracts by building innovative, creative, and strategic marketing plans to create hype around our programs and encourage young people to take action in social change, students to get involved in school improvement, and more, all in the name of engaging people to change the world!


  • Assist with the creation and execution of marketing strategies for CommonAction and our programs. 
  • Brainstorm how we integrate unique marketing tactics for ongoing campaigns. 
  • Document any relevant press articles, research, citations, etc. that feature CommonAction and our programs. 
  • Use of data to guide strategic marketing campaigns and next steps. 


  • Ongoing partnerships: what outlets (traditional and online) should we be working on an ongoing basis to distribute content throughout the year? 
  • Campaign online partnerships: what online outlets should we target for campaigns? Identify and sustain relationships with online partners. 
  • Outreach: reach out to different online sites, associations, organizations, etc. on behalf of CommonAction for campaign promotion 
  • On-the-ground/grassroots marketing. Identify grassroots marketing strategies to implement and incorporate into program marketing. Expand college marketing tactics. 


  • What media outlets should we reach out to for partnerships and why? 
  • Look at successful marketing campaigns and research what made the marketing partnership successful, and how CommonAction can replicate those best practices 


  • Outgoing and enthusiastic personality 
  • Comfort with pop culture and trends of the moment 
  • Excellent communication skills: Solid grammar, ability to convey message clearly, good telephone manner 
  • Self-starter, ability to work well alone or with others 
  • Creative, can think outside of the box 

How to Apply

  • E-mail cover letter, one page resume and names and telephone numbers of two references to Adam Fletcher at with the subject line MARKETING INTERN. 

Also, send separate page with answers to the following questions:

  • What does engagement mean to you? 
  • What’s your favorite book? 
  • What was your favorite marketing campaign from the past year and why? 
  • What do you think is the best way to reach the “adult ally” demographic and why? (think of teachers, youth workers, parents, etc.) 
  • Name two business sectors CommonAction should work with and why. 
  • Name two improvements you would make to,, or and why. 

POSITION: Business Development Intern

The business development intern promotes CommonAction and our partners to awesome organizations to develop our meaningful, social and unique national programs. The business development intern is responsible for creating, pitching, and brokering relationships with K-12 schools, youth-serving organizations, community-based organizations, government agencies, and other potential clients to promote our services and products nationally and internationally that engage people to change the world!

  • Research and development for CommonAction and its core products and services, focused on youth engagement, community engagement, student engagement, and personal engagement. 
  • Researching companies and brands that are relevant to our audience. 
  • Brainstorming new marketing and outreach ideas. 
  • Assisting in the management of our current client/partner relations. 
  • Working on national The Freechild Project and SoundOut programs 
  • Some administrative work as necessary. 


  • Outgoing and enthusiastic personality. 
  • Knowledge of pop culture and the trends of the moment. 
  • Excellent communication skills: solid grammar, ability to convey message clearly, good telephone manner. 

How to Apply

  • E-mail cover letter, one page resume and names and telephone numbers of two references to Adam Fletcher at with the subject line BIZ DEV INTERN. 
  • Also tell us the top three organizations that CommonAction should target for business and why. 

POSITION: Publishing Intern

The publishing internship at CommonAction Consulting will be responsible for a variety of activities related to book publishing. Working with four current manuscripts, this intern will identify the best publishing tracks for each potential publication, including independent publishing and sales, sales through an online seller, and through traditional publishing routes. Activities will include research, outreach, and some editing. Each of the manuscripts is related to our mission of engaging people to change the world!


  • Research publishing options for four current manuscripts. 
  • Complete editing process where necessary. 
  • Assist with the creation and execution of publishing strategies for each publication. 


  • Excellent communication skills: Solid grammar, ability to convey message clearly, good telephone manner 
  • Self-starter, ability to work well alone or with others 
  • Creative, can think outside of the box 

How to Apply

  • E-mail cover letter, one page resume and names and telephone numbers of two references to Adam Fletcher at with the subject line PUBLISHING INTERN. 

Also, send separate page with answers to the following questions:

  • What’s your favorite book, and why? 
  • What do you think is the best way to reach the “adult ally” demographic with publications and why? (think of teachers, youth workers, parents, etc.) 
  • Familiarize yourself with our current publications ( and suggest two ways to promote them more effectively. 

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

Youth Engagement Practictioners Cadre 3 (2012-13)

The Youth Engagement Practitioners Cadre (YEPC) was a dynamic professional development program promoting organizational and community transformation. YEPC members were adults with three or more years of youth engagement experience who together form a learning community that met once monthly during the 2012-13 school year. Members developed community collaborations, shared expert knowledge and experiences, and deepened youth engagement practices in their settings and throughout King County, including Seattle and its suburbs.

Throughout the year, Cadre members engaged in projects to deepen, apply and share their knowledge, including individual presentations, job-shadowing, research papers, and public presentations. At the end of the year, Cadre members were recognized for their commitment to their professional development at a countywide youth engagement event. Cadre findings were compiled in a best practices manual for distribution.

The Cadre was managed and facilitated by Adam Fletcher, an internationally-recognized youth engagement expert; along with Teddy Wright, a seasoned youth engagement practitioner and expert facilitator; and Kyla Lackie, a community organizer and program manager for SOAR.

Sponsors included Seattle Public Schools’ Youth Engagement Zone, the Corporation for National and Community Service, SOAR, and CommonAction Consulting.


2013 Cadre Members & Organizations

  • Amy Bender, Northwest Center
  • Shawna Boggie, YouthForce at Boys & Girls Clubs of King County
  • Connie Chan, Vietnamese Friendship Association
  • Lauren Cooley, Treehouse
  • Devon de Leña, ArtsCorps
  • Karly Feria, Community Schools Collaboration
  • Chev Gary, YMCA
  • Sean Goode, YMCA
  • Cindy Irwin, Compass Housing Alliance
  • Lizzie Jackson, Nature Consortium
  • Cori Jaeger, Camp Ten Trees
  • Hana Kawai, All Girl Everything Ultimate Program
  • Kayla Mahnke, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Ruel Olanday, Vietnamese Friendship Association
  • Katie Panhorst, College Access Now
  • Sarah Ratermann Beahan Summer Search
  • Amy Salins, New Horizons Ministries
  • Grace Scarella, Nature Consortium
  • Becca Shim, NELA
  • Sarah Waugh, Catholic Community Services Youth Tutoring Program

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