Starting Right Here

When I’m out working with youth orgs and schools across the country on youth engagement I am often asked “Where do we start?” Questions about who and why and how shake in there, but the answer I consistently tell folks is simple: Start right here, and start right now.

There is one person in your life who can affect engagement more than anyone else, and that is YOU. You alone are responsible for determining what, why, how and who you are connected to. You alone have the power you need to create change in the lives of others – and in your own life. Where better to begin?

I ain’t no perfect man – I whittle away my fair share of hours in the coal mines of my life. But starting here now I am determined to do it differently by actively engaging in every facet of my existence. If I’m digging, I’m looking for diamonds.

How about you?

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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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