Priorities for Youth?

Homelessness, joblessness, poor educational experiences, violence, sexual violence… To think of all the problems affecting children and youth today, and yet I have the nerve to rally against adultism?

My experience has shown me that we must create an architecture of engagement that systematically and strategically positions young people as the radical agents of democracy we need them to be. In this capacity they can rally against the problems they see affecting themselves and the communities they belong to. Children and youth can choose for themselves, just like we choose everyday whether we’re going to take action and what we’re going to address. According educational opportunities and positions are required, but you get the idea.

As adult allies to children and youth I think it’s our job to change the situations we have control over. The change I’m calling for is nothing less than the re-envisioning of the roles of all young people throughput society. That’s my starting point- what’s yours?

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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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