Every Youth A Leader

There’s a myth about youth leaders. Somewhere inside our society there’s a belief that youth leadership is a born skill, and that youth leaders always have to be the same people doing the same things. This is witnessed by the recurrance of popular youth leadership programs and their homogenized populations. Middle class white kids make up much of these ranks, and well I don’t want them to be without opportunities, I do want more young people to be more engaged throughout society.

What does it take to realize the vision of “every youth a leader”? That’s what I’m working to find – how about you?

— 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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