Entry Points

The story might go like this: there was a once a young person, a youth, who belonged to a church, went to school, and played a neighborhood sport. Once a month this youth went to the town hall for youth council, and they participated in a youth leadership development program sponsored by the local Urban League.

This youth wasn’t particularly successful in school, despite trying – but teachers lent a hand, and their foster parents were supportive. Friends laid on both sides of the engagement spectrum, and there were distractions and obstacles to academic and social acheivement everyday.

One day this youth learns about youth voice, and after researching on the Internet on their own they learn about youth rights and civic engagement, too.

Where should this youth begin in their advocacy? What should they do or say and to whom should they do or say those things?

I have found more than one scenario in the work I’ve done, and will share the responses I’ve seen later. First I want to know what you think.

— This is Adam Fletcher’s blog originally posted at http://www.YoungerWorld.org. For more see http://www.bicyclingfish.com

Written by Adam Fletcher, this article was originally posted to http://commonaction.blogspot.com. Learn more at adamfletcher.net!

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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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  1. The young person could start by doing something small at a household level that makes their parents/carers and friends sit up and say ‘heh look at that!’ From there the young person can take her idea broader – to friends and then perhaps to school. Start in action. People can then talk about it when things are underway. What that youngsters will be showing the adults might not be entirely comfortable and because its showing it’ll already be too late!

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