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Defining Community Engagement

Exploring how “community engagement” is ill-defined, this piece proposes a new definition.

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New Training Opportunities

Has your nonprofit received a grant to engage youth? Does your local conference need a keynote speaker? Do the staff in your agency need professional development? Contact me today to talk about what The Freechild Project can do for you!

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Promote Youth Engagement in Organizations

How to Promote Youth Engagement in Organizations 1) Share Youth Engagement. Talk with your supervisor, Executive Director, board members, and other decision-makers. Build support by talking to staff members about youth engagement. Train young people about youth engagement, why it matters, and how they can experience it more. Research resources that might help different people […]

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Share the Word!

Help spread the word about my latest book, Ending Discrimination Against Young People. You can share this post, or the webpage, or the Amazon.com page with your friends, family, and colleagues.  You can also interview me for your blog, write an article about the book, or line me up with any of your contacts to […]

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Factors Affecting Youth Engagement

There are several factors that affect youth engagement. However, today’s popular forms of youth engagement generally don’t acknowledge those factors. Whether or not a young person is going to become engaged is determined by three things: Social and economic environment Physical environment, and Individual characteristics and behaviors The ways young people live determine their engagement. Because of […]

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8 Rude Things Adults Say to Young People

When adults are talking rude to young people, they show patronizing superiority. Many parents, youth workers, teachers, and others are not aware of how rude they are towards children and youth. Most adults would be shocked if young people were as rude towards them as they are towards young people. When we’re confronted by a brave […]

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Press Release: Youth Discrimination Is Tearing Society Apart!

PRESS RELEASE: Youth Discrimination Is Tearing Society Apart! Olympia, WA—Every parent, teacher, and youth worker knows they aren’t as effective as they could be, but often aren’t sure why. Using willpower to force children and youth to comply, even the most well-meaning adult uses curfews, takes away toys, and bribes with rewards. There’s hope. ENDING […]

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3 Secrets of Adults Who Help Youth

As teachers, youth workers, parents, counselors, and other adults who work with young people every single day, we have our secrets. They’re not true for every adult, and being able to admit them takes courage, especially when we admit them to other adults we work with. In my new book, Ending Discrimination Against Young People, I […]

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Ways Young People Change The World

There are many roles in democracy-building by youth. Following are several different opportunities for young people to take action. 23 Ways Young People Can Change the World Children and Youth as Facilitators. Knowledge comes from study, experience, and reflection. Engaging young people as teachers helps reinforce their commitment to learning and the subject they are […]

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Introduction to Youth Councils

Researching for a presentation in 2013, I identified fewer than 40 youth councils connected with city governments across Washington State. This state has over 280 municipal governments. There were also fewer than 10 counties that had youth councils, and only one state agency reported a youth council, in addition to the Washington Legislative Youth Advisory Council. Here […]