Washington State Department of Children, Youth and Families

In 2018, Adam was the subject matter expert and a principal consultant on a team with The Athena Group contracted with the Washington State Department of Children, Youth and Families, or DCYF. His efforts contributed to a statewide examination of resources for youth transitioning from state systems of care, including foster youth, formerly incarcerated youth, and youth involved with behavioral health care.

Supported by a team of data analysts, Adam’s specific tasks focused on gathering systemwide feedback and ideas. Advertising through regional DCYF offices, Adam planned, facilitated and analyzed findings from ten regional gatherings for youth and adults affected by state systems of care. Participants included young people, birth parents, foster parents, systems workers, community based workers, healthcare and mental health professionals and advocates. Facilitated as dynamic, interactive workshops, these gatherings produced more than 5,000 data points for DCYF officials to draw from as they informed policymakers about the issues in the field.

Additionally, Adam also crafted a 20-page summary report incorporating data analysis, process evaluation and policy recommendations. There were also multiple original data studies included that focused on the emergency care available to youth transitioning from state care, as well as additional resources they need to move from state care into successful adulthood.

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City of Lincoln American Jobs Center

In 2015, City of Lincoln workforce development staff approached me about more successfully reaching the youth they served. Committed to enriching their youth engagement strategies, the City contracted with me to deliver a variety of services.

Between 2015 and 2016, Adam facilitated evaluation and training events for city staff and nonprofit partners, and worked with City staff to redesign and implement a dynamic strategy to engage young people under 25 in workforce development activities. Focusing on client voice, Adam’s strategy created responsive, interactive opportunities for youth and adults to partner together for continuous improvement and extensive community engagement. Activities including program assessment, event facilitation and staff consultation. 

 


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Adam Fletcher Project Database

This is an abbreviated database of some of the consulting projects Adam has worked on from 1997 through present. Sorted by year, this databased includes over 40 projects sorted by the year they began, and including the project name, client, location, years of activity, issue focus and activities, and a link for further information. For more information, contact Adam Fletcher.

2019

  1. Project: Washington State Office of Homeless Youth
    Client: Athena Group
    Time Period: 2019
    Location: Olympia, Washington
    Focus: Homelessness; Foster Care; Juvenile Incarceration; Behavioral Health; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
    Activities: Research, Focus Groups, Report
  2. Project: King County Credible Messengers Organizational Development
    Client: Athena Group
    Time Period: 2019
    Location: Seattle, Washington
    Focus: Organizational Development; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
    Activities: Mission Planning, Project Evaluation

2018

  1. Project: Washington State Department of Children, Youth and Families Organizational Development
    Client: Athena Group
    Time Period: 2018
    Location: Olympia, Washington
    Focus: Community Engagement; Foster Care; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
    Activities: Research, Focus Groups, Report
  2. Project: Freechild Youth Action Program
    Client: Freechild Institute for Youth Engagement
    Time Period: 2018
    Location: Olympia, Washington
    Activities: Curriculum Development, Program Administration
  3. Project: King County Superior Court Parent Youth Connection Seminar
    Client: Athena Group
    Time Period: 2018
    Location: Seattle, Washington (2018)
    Focus: Youth Engagement; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
    Activities: Project Management, Curriculum Design, Facilitation

2016

  1. Project: IceHouse Entrepreneurial Mindsets
    Client: Enterprise for Equity
    Time Period: 2016
    Location: Olympia, Washington
    Focus: Entrepreneurship; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
    Activities: Program Development, Facilitation

2015

  1. American Jobs Center Youth Engagement Project
    Client: City of Lincoln, Nebraska
    Time Period: 2015-2016
    Location: Lincoln, Nebraska
    Focus: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Workforce Development; Community Engagement
    Activities: Project Planning, Professional Development and Event Facilitation
  2. Project: SoundOut Student Voice Forums
    Client: San Rafael Unified School District
    Time Period: 2015-2018
    Location: San Rafael, California
    Focus: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Student Voice, School Improvement
    Activities: Research, Training, Facilitation

2014

  1. Project: Meaningful Student Involvement Project
    Client: Center for Studies and Research in Education, Culture and Community Action (CENPEC)
    Time Period: 2014
    Location: São Paulo, Brazil
    Focus: Student Empowerment, Youth Engagement and Education Reform
    Activities: Consulting and Professional Development
  2. Project: Downtown Olympia Homeless Youth Engagement Project
    Clients: City of Olympia Parks and Recreation Department and Capitol Recovery Center
    Time Period: 2014-2016
    Location: Olympia, Washington
    Focus: Community Engagement; Homeless Youth; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
    Activities: Project Planning, Event Facilitation, Professional Development and Evaluation

2013

  1. Project: Seattle Youth Engagement Zone
    Client: Seattle Public Schools
    Time Period: 2013-2015
    Location: Seattle, Washington
    Focus: Youth Engagement and Education Reform
    Activities: Project Management, Professional Development, Student Training

2012

  1. Project: Youth Alliance of Southwest Washington
    Client: Educational Service District 113
    Time Period: 2012-2015
    Location: Tumwater, Washington
    Focus: Collective Impact and Student Engagement
    Activities: Project Management and Facilitation
  2. Project: Seattle Youth Media Camp
    Client: Seattle Public Schools
    Time Period: 2012
    Location: Seattle, Washington
    Focus: Youth Empowerment; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
    Activities: Project Management

2011

  1. Project: King County Youth Engagement Practitioners Cadre
    Client: Seattle Public Schools
    Time Period: 2011-2014
    Location: Seattle, Washington (2011-2014)
    Focus: Youth Engagement; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Nonprofit Management
    Activities: Project Management, Professional Development
  2. Project: “Let’s Move, Cheney!”
    Client: City of Cheney Parks and Recreation Department
    Time Period: 2010-11
    Location: Cheney, Washington
    Focus: Public Health and Community Engagement
    Activities: Project Planning, Professional Development, Facilitation, Evaluation, Writing
  3. Project: Imagine Miami Meaningful Youth Engagement Project
    Client: Catalyst Miami / Human Services Coalition of Miami- Dade County
    Time Period: 2011
    Location: Miami, Florida
    Focus: Youth Engagement; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
    Activities: Professional Development
  4. Project: Meaningful Youth Engagement Project
    Client: Catalyst Miami/Human Services Coalition of Miami-Dade County
    Time Period: 2011-2014
    Location: Miami, Florida (2011-2014)
    Focus: Student Engagement; Education Reform
    Activities: Consulting, Professional Development, Project Development, Evaluation
  5. Project: Next Generation Initiative
    Client: North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center, Inc.
    Time Period: 2011-2012
    Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
    Focus: Workforce Development; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
    Activities: Professional Development, Writing and Consulting

2010

  1. Project: Student Engagement Office Student Voice Initiative
    Client: Alberta Education (Alberta Ministry of Education)
    Time Period: 2010-2012
    Location: Edmonton, Alberta
    Focus: Student Engagement
    Activities: Consulting and Speaking
  2. Project: Youth and Adults Transforming Schools Together (YATST)
    Client: Up for Learning
    Time Period: 2009
    Location: Hardwick, Vermont
    Focus: Student Engagement
    Activities: Consulting, Professional Development, Student Training
  3. Project: Meaningful Student Involvement Project
    Client: Educational School District 123 21st Century Learning Centers
    Time Period: 2010-2013
    Location: Pasco, Washington (2010-2013)
    Focus: Student Engagement
    Activities: Consulting, Professional Development

2009

  1. Project: Youth Involvement in Systems of Care Project
    Client: American Institutes of Research Technical Assistance Partnership
    Time Period: 2009-2013
    Location: Washington, DC
    Focus: Youth Involvement; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Systems Change
    Activities: Consulting, Speaking, Writing and Evaluation
  2. Project: 21st Century Community Learning Centers
    Client: Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
    Time Period: 2009-2012
    Location: Olympia, Washington
    Focus: Student Engagement
    Activities: Professional Development and Consultation
  3. Project: Education Activist Network
    Client: Institute for Democratic Education in America
    Time Period: 2009
    Location: Portland, Oregon
    Focus: Organizational Development; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Education Transformation; Student Empowerment
    Activities: Consulting, Coaching

2008

  1. Project: Washington State Action For Healthy Kids Coordination
    Client: Action for Healthy Kids
    Time Period: 2008-2010
    Location: Chicago, Illinois
    Focus: Student Engagement; Service Learning; Youth Health
    Activities: Project Management, Student Training
  2. Project: Students Taking Charge
    Client: Action for Healthy Kids
    Time Period: 2008-2010
    Location: Olympia, Washington
    Activities: Program Management and Training

2007

  1. Project: Boston School District Youth Engagement Project
    Client: Youth On Board
    Time Period: 2007
    Location: Boston, Massachusetts
    Focus: Student Engagement, Systems Change; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
    Activities: Consulting, Writing
  2. Project: Youth On Board
    Client: YouthBuild, USA
    Time Period: 2007
    Location: Boston, Massachusetts
    Focus: Youth Involvement; Decision-Making; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
    Activities: Consulting, Writing
  3. Project: SoundOut Student Voice Curriculum
    Client: SoundOut
    Time Period: 2007-present
    Location: Olympia, Washington
    Focus: Student Voice, School Improvement
    Activities: Curriculum Development, Program Administration

2006

  1. Project: Changing Spaces
    Client: Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction Title V and Innovative Programs
    Time Period: 2006
    Location: Olympia, Washington
    Focus: Student Engagement; Service Learning
    Activities: Project Management, Student Training, Professional Development and Writing
  2. Project: Student Equity Project
    Client: Seattle Public Schools Office of Equity and Race Relations
    Time Period: 2006-2008
    Location: Seattle, Washington
    Focus: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Student Engagement
    Activities: Project Management and Professional Development
  3. Project: Meaningful Student Involvement Project
    Client: New York State Student Support Services Center
    Time Period: 2006-2008
    Location: LeRoy, New York
    Focus: Student Engagement
    Activities: Consulting and Professional Development
  4. Project: Student Voice Initiative
    Time Period: 2006-2015
    Client: Seattle Public Schools Service Learning Seattle
    Location: Seattle, Washington
    Focus: Student Engagement; Service Learning; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
    Activities: Project Management, Organizational Development, Education Consulting, Professional Development, Student Training

2005

  1. Project: Summer Institute
    Client: University of Washington GEAR UP Program
    Time Period: 2005-2007; 2016
    Location: Seattle, Washington
    Focus: Student Engagement
    Activities: Professional Development, Student Training
  2. Project: SoundOut Student Voice Forums
    Client: Friday Harbor School District
    Time Period: 2005-2007
    Location: Friday Harbor, Washington
    Focus: Student Voice, School Improvement
    Activities: Research, Training, Facilitation

2004

  1. Project: Student Voice Initiatives
    Client: Small Schools Project
    Time Period: 2004-2007
    Location: Seattle, Washington
    Focus: Student Engagement
    Activities: Consulting, Writing, Professional Development
  2. Project: Student Voice Project
    Client: HumanLinks Foundation
    Time Period: 2004-2008
    Location: Bothell, Washington
    Focus: Student Engagement; Education Reform
    Activities: Project Management, Evaluation, Professional Development, Writing

2003

  1. Project: Meaningful Student Involvement in School Improvement Planning
    Client: Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction School Improvement Program
    Time Period: 2003-2005
    Location: Olympia, Washington
    Focus: Student Engagement; School Reform
    Activities: Project Management, Student Training, Professional Development
  2. Project: SoundOut Student Voice Forums
    Client: Bethel School District
    Time Period: 2003-2005
    Location: Spanaway, Washington
    Focus: Student Voice, School Improvement
    Activities: Research, Training, Facilitation
  3. Project: Secondary Academy for Success Meaningful Student Involvement in School Improvement Project
    Client: HumanLinks Foundation
    Time Period: 2003-2006
    Location: Bothell, Washington
    Focus: Student Engagement and School Reform
    Activities: Project Management, Student Training

2002

  1. Project: Learn and Serve America Program
    Client: Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
    Time Period: 2002-2006
    Location: Olympia, Washington
    Focus: Student Engagement; Service Learning; Activities: Education Consulting, Professional Development, Student Training, Writing, and Project Management

2001

  1. Project: Freechild Institute for Youth Engagement
    Client: CommonAction
    Time Period: 2001-present
    Location: Olympia, Washington
    Focus: Youth Voice, Youth Engagement and Social Change Led By and With Young People; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
    Activities: Training, Professional Development, Writing, Public Relations

2000

  1. Project: SoundOut School Improvement Planning Program
    Client: CommonAction
    Time Period: 2002-2009
    Location: Olympia, Washington
    Focus: Student Engagement, School Improvement
    Activities: Organizational Development, Student Training, Professional Development
  2. Project: SoundOut
    Client: HumanLinks Foundation, CommonAction
    Time Period: 2002-2005, 2005-Present
    Location: Olympia, Washington
    Focus: Student Voice, Student Engagement and Meaningful Student Involvement

1997

  1. Project: Firestarter Youth Empowerment Camp
    Client: Village of Caroline Family Support Services Bureau
    Time Period: 1997-2000
    Location: Caroline, Alberta, Canada
    Focus: Youth Empowerment and Community Service
    Activities: Student Training

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Service Learning Seattle

Since 2006, I have contracted with Seattle Public Schools Service Learning program. My activities have included project planning, program design and delivery, evaluation, training, technical assistance, speaking, and professional development services. I’ve provided large and small group facilitation; communication and public relations; project management; and other consulting services, too.

 

Partner Schools

Some of the schools I’ve partnered with in Seattle have included:

  • Cleveland High
  • Garfield High
  • Roosevelt High
  • Franklin High
  • Nova High
  • Ballard High
  • West Seattle High
  • Rainier Beach High
  • Aki Kurose Middle
  • Mercer Middle
  • Denny Middle

 

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Washington GEAR UP

The GEAR UP program fosters college awareness and readiness for low-income middle and high school students by providing a variety of programs targeted to educators. The University of Washington state GEAR UP program serves 5,700 students in 36 schools and 29 school districts throughout Washington state.

Challenge

The state’s major GEAR UP program was faced with normalized student disengagement among their target participants, including low-income, students of color, and migrant/bilingual students. They needed to increase facilitator effectiveness, and decided that modeling and intensive professional development were the best avenues for action.

Solutions

The University of Washington State GEAR UP program contracted with me from 2005 to 2007 to facilitate several training activities for almost 300 middle and high school students. In 2007, I facilitated a week-long professional development retreat for local coordinators focused on Meaningful Student Involvement.

Outcomes

I facilitated a 36-hour intensive program designed to increase program efficacy and outcomes. Participants reported their work would be transformed, their approaches would refocus on student engagement, and that they had the resources they needed to take strategic steps.

Recommendation

“Adam works tirelessly to create environments and cultures where youth develop and wield the knowledge and power to positively impact not only their lives but also society. He is one of the most knowledgeable, innovative, and effective facilitators, writers, educators, and thinkers in the field. Adam brings theory and reality together in praxis that reveals how utopic visions can become a reality.” – Christin Chopra, former Manager, University of Washington GEAR UP


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21st Century Community Learning Centers

For three years, Adam contracted with the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction to facilitate professional development sessions for more 100 educators involved in the 21st Century Community Learning Centers across the state. Held as annual events in different locations across the state, he focused on three subjects.
  • Student Voice 101 – Understanding the basics of student voice can be challenging for 21CCLC programs. In this session, Adam Fletcher uses his The Guide to Student Voice to teach participants Who student voice is for, What student voice can do, Why student voice matters, Where and When student voice happens, and How student voice can transform their activities. This session is very hands-on, interactive, and practical, and uses reflection, group work, and examples to show how student voice can improve learning, teaching, and leadership for all students.
  • An Introduction to Youth-Driven Programming – Focused on practical action, this workshop teaches 21CCLC programs how to take Youth Voice and Choice to the next level! Focusing on Adam’s Youth-Driven Programming Guide, this workshop shares powerful tools, meaningful tips and hints, and substantive planning tools. Practitioners utilizing this approach consistently claim the highest levels of success with voice and choice, and this workshop will show why.
  • SoundOut Student Voice Curriculum  – Working with educators who were committed to adapting and facilitating the curriculum in their classrooms, Adam conducted train-the-teacher sessions. Walking through the facilitator’s guide, teaching different approaches for using the curriculum and otherwise preparing educators for different things that may come up in the curriculum was the goal.

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Educational Service District 113

The Educational Service District 113 Student Support Services Team (ESD 113) facilitates the growth and development of school- and community-based academic, health, extracurricular, and social supports for K-12 students in southwest Washington.

Challenge

A national movement towards rallying similar organizations supporting similar young people in schools and during out-of-school time led ESD 113 to convene a similar coalition. Without a concise action plan or engaging facilitator, the ESD was concerned their coalition may not succeed. Searching for a premier leader with similar experience, the ESD called on Adam to inform and guide this effort.

Solutions

Starting in spring 2012, Adam provided leadership to the Pacific Mountain Regional Youth Alliance through a contract with Educational Service District 113 in Tumwater, Washington. Adam consulted a planning team including representatives from five organizations focused on developing a collective impact strategy to affect change in southwest Washington. He also facilitated Alliance gatherings for up to 125 participants, as well as planning team meetings.

The Alliance, including Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Thurston, and the northern part of Pacific Counties, is planning, convening, and supporting youth agencies, individuals, and other partnering organizations as they engage, collaborate and activate the advancement of culturally relevant family and community roles for student success from early childhood through college. Focused on establishing a collective impact model, the Alliance convenes meetings, shares resources, and holds other events on the regional and county levels.

Outcomes

Adam helped the Alliance develop short- and long-term strategic plans, provided event facilitation for up to 125 people as well as small leadership team meetings with several organizational representatives, and consulted the ESD on future activities.

Results included a sustainable long-term action plan for the Alliance; new countywide coalitions affecting up to 250,000 youth throughout the region; and increased determination and motivation among participants into the future.

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North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center

The North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center works statewide to develop, promote and implement sound economic strategies to improve the quality of life of rural North Carolinians.

Challenge

In 2011, the Center wanted a nationally-respected, research-driven motivating keynote speaker focused on youth engagement to address their annual gathering called the Rural Partners Forum, with 750+ attendees from economic, academic, social, and political backgrounds. They also needed a facilitator to drive a conversation focused on youth engagement for the state’s mayors gathered at the forum.

The following year, the Center sought to publish a chapter about youth engagement for a forthcoming handbook they were creating for a statewide initiative.

Solutions

After crafting a dynamic address for the forum and leading the mayor’s gathering effectively, Adam was contracted to draft a knowledge-sharing, skill-building publication for the Center called the New Generation Initiative Youth and Young Adult Engagement Guide. After providing more than 100+ pages of original content in less than three weeks, the Center then contracted with Adam to facilitate a statewide training workshop focused on the Guide’s contents in November 2012.

By providing motivational speeches, facilitation, technical assistance and professional development, Adam’s work drove a successful program launch and influenced ongoing action in North Carolina.

 

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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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