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Youth Segregation

The underlying assumption behind all youth involvement programs is that youth are segregated. American society has relied on the ongoing and consistent alienation, isolation and institutionalization of young people for more than 10 decades now, only to the detriment of families, communities, and ultimately, democracy. Youth segregation happens throughout our lives. Starting from the first […]

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The U.S. and the Convention on the Rights of the Child

Young people must be included from birth.A society that cuts itself off from its youth severs its lifeline.– Kofi Anan Today I am reeling from an article written by Paula Reid, a member of The Students Commission in Canada. For more than 25 years the Commission and their magazine, Tiny Giant, has been calling on […]

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Rethinking Youth-Adult Partnerships

Last month I received a copy of a new report out from the National 4-H Council called 4-H YIG National Report: Youth-Adult Partnerships in Community Decision Making: What Does it Take to Engage Adults in the Practice? In this summary of stellar new research from Shep Zeldin and Julie Petrokubi from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, […]

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Youth Rights on the March

Its difficult to build a movement, and even harder when you are young. Last month after 7 years of aspiring to build a nonprofit and struggling once my board of directors received 501c3 status from the IRS, I folded CommonAction. I earned a few grants, got a few contracts, but there simply was not enough […]

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“New Entrants” in New Zealand

Thanks to Tony Ward for putting me onto this story: Today Te Ururoa Flavell, a Maori Party Treaty spokesman in New Zealand, released a powerful analysis of a bill there. The Minimum Wage (Abolition of Age Discrimination) Amendment Bill took many deliberate measures designed to eliminate the legal standards in effect in N.Z. that allow […]