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In Honor of Willa Cather’s Birthday

Today is Nebraskan author Willa Cather’s birthday. Born in 1873, Cather wrote a dozen novels and many collections of stories. Her most famous works were O’ Pioneers! and My Ántonia.   Growing up in Nebraska during my teens, I had a preacher friend who was from her hometown. He revered her, frequently quoting her in Sunday morning sermons and making […]

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A Unique Introduction to Youth Engagement by Adam Fletcher

  Now available from Adam Fletcher, A Unique Introduction to Youth Engagement is a powerful guide to what youth engagement is, how it happens, and much more. Fletcher dispels the myth that youth engagement is only about certain youth doing certain things. Instead, in his comprehensive understanding, its about the lives of all children and youth everyday.  And […]

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Ending Discrimination Against Young People by Adam Fletcher

Summary In Fall 2013, Adam Fletcher published a new book exploring the ways children and youth are treated throughout society. Ending Discrimination Against Young People is available on and from select distributors. Most books about young people begin with the idea that children and youth are less than adults, and then proceed to offer various techniques to make them […]

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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 […]

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Seattle Public Schools

In the 2011-12 school year, I designed and facilitated the King County Youth Engagement Practitioners Cadre for Seattle Public Schools in partnership with Kyla Lackie of SOAR in Seattle. This included facilitating 28 hours of professional learning community activities for 25 diverse King County youth workers, developing curriculum, providing reports, and presenting findings at conferences. […]

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Catalyst Miami

In 2011, Adam facilitated an Imagine Miami workshop on meaningful youth involvement. More than 150 nonprofit and community leaders participated in a seven-hour seminar focused on practically, purposefully engaging diverse youth in changing communities. The event was hosted by Catalyst Miami, formerly the Human Services Coalition of Miami/Dade County, with sponsorship from the Children’s Trust […]

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Washington OSPI SIPP

Adam partnered with the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction School Improvement Planning Program in Olympia to provide a Meaningful Student Involvement Initiative from 2003-05. Partners also included Yakima Public Schools and the Washington State University Center for Bridging the Digital Divide. Through this project Adam… Coordinated a statewide pilot project in 45 elementary, […]

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SoundOut provides training, tools, and technical assistance to schools focused on Meaningful Student Involvement. Adam developed the program and has promoted it nationally and internationally since 2002. Today, it is a resource to students and educators around the world. Through SoundOut, Adam has provided professional development and training for dozens of K-12 school across the […]

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The Freechild Project

Working with a group of youth and youth advocates across the nation, Adam assumed responsibility for creating and maintaining The Freechild Project and its accompanying website since September, 2001.  Through Freechild, Adam has partnered with hundreds of organizations in twelve countries and 43 states focused on engaging young people in social change. The website reaches […]