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 consulting projects Adam has worked on from 1997 through present, listed alphabetically. For more information, contact Adam Fletcher.

 

Past Project Database

  1. Alberta Ministry of Education Student Engagement Office Student Voice Initiative
    Edmonton, Alberta (2010-2012)
    Focus: Student Engagement
    Activities: Consulting and Speaking
  2. American Institutes of Research Technical Assistance Partnership Youth Involvement in Systems of Care Project
    Washington, DC (2009-2013)
    Focus: Youth Involvement and Systems Change
    Activities: Consulting, Speaking, Writing and Evaluation
  3. Catalyst Miami/Human Services Coalition of Miami-Dade County Youth Engagement Project
    Miami, Florida (2011-2014)
    Focus: Student Engagement and Education Reform
    Activities: Consulting, Professional Development, Project Development, Evaluation
  4. Center for Studies and Research in Education, Culture and Community Action (CENPEC) Meaningful Student Involvement Project
    São Paulo, Brazil (2014)
    Focus: Student Empowerment and Education Reform
    Activities: Consulting and Professional Development
  5. City of Cheney Parks and Recreation Department “Let’s Move, Cheney!”
    Cheney, Washington (2011)
    Focus: Public Health and Community Engagement
    Activities: Project Planning, Professional Development, Facilitation, Evaluation, Writing
  6. City of Lincoln (NE) American Jobs Center Youth Engagement Project
    Lincoln, Nebraska (2015-2016)
    Focus: Workforce Development and Community Engagement
    Activities: Project Planning, Professional Development and Event Facilitation
  7. City of Olympia Parks and Recreation Department and Capitol Recovery Center Downtown Olympia Homeless Youth Engagement Project
    Olympia, Washington (2014-2016)
    Focus: Community Engagement and Homelessness
    Activities: Project Planning, Event Facilitation, Professional Development and Evaluation
  8. Educational School District 123 21st Century Learning Centers Meaningful Student Involvement Project
    Pasco, Washington (2010-2013)
    Focus: Student Engagement
    Activities: Consulting, Professional Development
  9. Educational Service District 113 The Youth Alliance of Southwest Washington
    Tumwater, Washington (2012-2015)
    Focus: Collective Impact and Student Engagement
    Activities: Project Management and Facilitation
  10. HumanLinks Foundation Student Voice Project
    Bothell, Washington (2004-2008)
    Focus: Student Engagement and Education Reform
    Activities: Project Management, Evaluation, Professional Development, Writing
  11. Imagine Miami Meaningful Youth Engagement Project
    Miami, Florida (2011)
    (Focus: Youth Engagement
    Activities: Professional Development
  12. King County Superior Court Parent Youth Connections Seminars
    Seattle, Washington (2018)
    Focus: Youth Engagement
    Activities: Project Management, Curriculum Design and Facilitation
  13. National Action For Healthy Kids Student Voice Project
    Chicago, Illinois (2008-2010)
    Focus: Student Engagement
    Activities: Professional Development
  14. New York State Student Support Services Center Meaningful Student Involvement Project
    LeRoy, New York (2006-2008)
    Focus: Student Engagement
    Activities: Consulting and Professional Development
  15. North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center, Inc. Next Generation Initiative
    Raleigh, North Carolina (2011-2012)
    Focus: Workforce Development
    Activities: Professional Development, Writing and Consulting
  16. Seattle Public Schools Office of Equity and Race Relations Student Equity Project
    Seattle, Washington (2006-2008)
    Focus: Diversity and Student Engagement
    Activities: Project Management and Professional Development
  17. Seattle Public Schools Service Learning Seattle Student Voice Initiative
    Seattle, Washington (2006-2015)
    Focus: Student Engagement and Service Learning
    Activities: Project Management, Education Consulting, Professional Development, Student Training
  18. Seattle Public Schools Youth Engagement Zone
    Seattle, Washington (2013-2015)
    Focus: Youth Engagement and Education Reform
    Activities: Project Management, Professional Development, Student Training
  19. Seattle Youth Media Camp
    Seattle, Washington (2012)
    Focus: Youth Empowerment
    Activities: Project Management
  20. Seattle Youth Engagement Practitioners Cadre 1
    Seattle, Washington (2011-2012)
    Focus: Youth Engagement and Nonprofit Management
    Activities: Project Management, Professional Development
  21. Seattle Youth Engagement Practitioners Cadre 3
    Seattle, Washington (2013-2014)
    Focus: Youth Engagement and Nonprofit Management
    Activities: Project Management
  22. Secondary Academy for Success Meaningful Student Involvement in School Improvement Project
    Bothell, Washington (2003-2006)
    Focus: Student Engagement and School Reform
    Activities: Project Management, Student Training
  23. Small Schools Project Student Voice Initiatives
    Seattle, Washington (2004-2007)
    Focus: Student Engagement
    Activities: Consulting, Writing and Professional Development
  24. University of Washington GEAR UP Program
    Seattle, Washington (2005-2007; 2016)
    Focus: Student Engagement
    Activities: Professional Development and Student Training
  25. Village Family Support Services Bureau Youth Empowerment Camp
    Caroline, Alberta, Canada (1997-2000)
    Focus: Youth Empowerment and Community Service
    Activities: Student Training
  26. Washington State Action For Healthy Kids Coordination
    Chicago, Illinois (2008-2010)
    Focus: Student Engagement and Service Learning
    Activities: Project Management, Student Training
  27. Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction 21st Century Community Learning Centers
    Olympia, Washington (2009-2012)
    Focus: Student Engagement
    Activities: Professional Development and Consultation
  28. Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction Learn and Serve America Program
    Olympia, Washington (2002-2006)
    Focus: Student Engagement and Service Learning; Activities: Education Consulting, Professional Development, Student Training, Writing, and Project Management
  29. Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction School Improvement Program
    Olympia, Washington (2003-2005)
    Focus: Student Engagement and School Reform
    Activities: Project Management, Student Training and Professional Development
  30. Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction Title V and Innovative Programs
    Olympia, Washington (2006)
    Focus: Student Engagement and Service Learning
    Activities: Project Management, Student Training, Professional Development and Writing
  31. Youth and Adults Transforming Schools Together (YATST)
    Hardwick, Vermont (2009)
    Focus: Student Engagement
    Activities: Consulting, Professional Development, Student Training

 


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Adam Fletcher with the King County Youth Engagement Practitioners Cadre in 2011.

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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This is a flyer for Adam Fletcher's "Self-Sustainability for Educators" workshop.
This is a flyer for Adam Fletcher’s “Self-Sustainability for Educators” workshop.

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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This the logo for The Youth Alliance of Southwest Washington.

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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Adam Fletcher with the King County Youth Engagement Practitioners Cadre in 2011.

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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Seattle Youth Media Camp

Presenting… Seattle Youth Media Camp!

Standing in the projection booth, Sekai stood still and simply scanned around the audience, ease and grace filling her expression. In the meantime, Young hustled and Sun wasn’t there. I was standing mid-audience and Austin was talking to the crowd gathered. Despite the apparent chaos, in that instant it all made sense and everything was awesome.

Understanding Why Youth Media Matters

Last Friday evening was the wrap of the first-ever Seattle Youth Media Camp, a partnership between Seattle Public Schools’s Service Learning Seattle program, Social Moguls, and CommonAction’s The Freechild Project that was funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service Seattle Youth Engagement Zone grant. A meeting of minds and priorities, it was a rarefied space where a convergence of the agendas of service learning, media literacy, STEM, CTE, film making, amounted to social change led by and with young people. You can read my earlier account here.

Making Media

At the end of two weeks of hustling, bustling learning and production, the students premiered a short film they created from the ground up, including conception, acting, directing, supporting, gaffing, laughing, critiquing, scoring, editing, and presenting. These students- who Seattle has grumbled at for more than 15 years- were powerhouses of hope, glaring their brightness into the hot summer evening above I-5.

Their film was witty and deft, making its point and moving on rapidly. Its presentation was relatively smooth, as I subbed in to take the audience taken through my usual paces of humor and progressive learning until I had them exactly where I wanted them. Nobody knew the depths of what was amiss behind the scenes until the very end, and that was okay. It turned out that despite my facilitators’ best intentions, we weren’t fully prepared to show the film in the auditorium where the 50+ audience members were comfortably seated! So we gracefully ushered them into the classroom where the camp edited the film and everything turned out excellently.

Summary

So much of our time- each of us, right now- is taken up worrying and waiting, wondering and hoping. In the meantime the fierce urgency of now is calling for our attention. The Seattle Youth Media Camp presentation reminded me that young people, those who are struggling with the future meeting the present right now, they don’t have the luxury of waiting. Now is their time. Honestly, that’s true for each of us right now, no matter what your age is.

 


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