Planning the Youth Voice Institute

For the third time in three years I’m facilitating a free Youth Voice Institute for youth and adults. This series began in Everett, Washington, with an institute hosted by the Everett Mayor’s Youth Council. In 2007 I facilitated an institute for Seattle Public Schools, and next week the Sumner Public School District will be hosting the event.

There are a lot of different ways to plan these institutes, and no two have been the same yet. Based on my Washington Youth Voice Handbook and Freechild’s Youth Voice Toolbox, I work to ensure that each activity provides youth and adult participants with hands-on opportunities to explore their idealistic and pragmatic perspectives about Youth Voice and youth engagement. Learning dozens of different approaches to engage young people, including lessons from other Youth Voice activities and organizations, is the goal of this workshop. There are countless ways to do that, and each institute drives me to use different ways than I did the previous time.
As exciting as all this sounds, this Saturday is going to be rawk star. Let me know if you have any questions or ideas – it would be great to meet you there!
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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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