New Tips on Youth Engagement

A lot is being written about youth engagement these days. However, a lot of it is retreaded from older writing. I decided to bring together some tips for young people and adults that I’ve accumulated over the years from my own experience, things that may never have been written before. Comment and let me know what you think!

Tips for Adults

  • Your success engaging youth is always dependent on how successfully engaged you are within yourself.
  • Instead of going to youth expecting to change them, accept them as they are and let yourself be changed.
  • If you do not believe in what you’re engaging in, young people will not believe in it either.
  • We get engaged in people, not activities. Only use activities as doorways to know people, not as the thing to engage in.
  • You don’t have to engage every youth all the time, but it helps.
Tips for Youth
  • Youth engagement is anything you feel a lasting connection with, not only what adults approve of.
  • Don’t be satisfied with what adults offer you to engage in. Do your own thing.
  • If your friends won’t get engaged with you, maybe they’re not your friends.
  • Look to people you don’t know and you don’t connect with to engage with in your activities.
  • Engage in things you’re afraid of.

To learn more about youth engagement, read this blog and visit the Youth Voice Toolkit from The Freechild Project. Stay tuned for more new material coming soon! 

Written by Adam Fletcher, this article was originally posted to Learn more 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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