Don’t Listen!

Okay, it would be better to say, “Don’t JUST listen.” Over the last 10 years I’ve had the privilege of watching the field of youth involvement and youth engagement grow. However, a disturbing trend is emerging where Youth Voice campaigns are increasingly designed to simply *listen* to Youth Voice. As i’ve said before, it’s not enough, and ethical practitioners, parents and teachers shouldn’t pretend otherwise.

Instead of setting up another online forum or town hall or youth editorial section in the newspaper, ethically responsible adults seek to actively engage every young person in critical social action designed to create powerful, positive democracy. Learn more about going beyond simply listening at

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For almost two decades, Adam F. C. Fletcher has led international outreach focused on engaging people successfully. Working with thousands of youth-serving nonprofits, K-12 schools, government agencies, international NGOs and other organizations around the world, his work spans the fields of education, public health, economic development and social services, and includes professional development, public speaking, publishing, social media and more. He founded the Freechild Institute for Youth Engagement, SoundOut and CommonAction, as well as writing more than 50 publications and 500 articles. He has also established 150-plus community empowerment projects.

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