Youth Engagement in the Economy by Adam Fletcher

Over the last six months, I have written more than a dozen articles about youth engagement in the economy. For the first time, I’ve compiled them into a publication and added some important information. A Short Introduction to Youth Engagement in the Economy is a guide addressing youth employment, youth entrepreneurship, youth training, youth banking, youth programs, school classes and other activities. Covering the most forward-thinking about economic youth engagement, this publication is for employers, youth workers, teachers, and others committed to building the economy through youth engagement. Learn more by downloading it today, and share it with your friends, colleagues and networks!



A Short Introduction to Youth Engagement in the Economy
by Adam Fletcher
81 pages
Published by The Freechild Project
Olympia, Washington, USA

The Practice of Youth Engagement by Adam F.C. Fletcher

Positive Youth Engagement by Adam F.C. Fletcher

Adam Fletcher’s book, The Practice of Youth Engagementis his most comprehensive work yet, covering theory, activities, reflections, critical thinking and more about the practice and research related to youth today.

In ten chapters, Adam examines 10 practices that integral to youth engagement:

  1. Learn The Basics Of Youth Engagement
  2. Name The Reasons For Youth Engagement
  3. Plan For Youth Engagement
  4. Build Youth Engagement
  5. Take Action For Youth Engagement
  6. Assess, Reflect And Celebrate Youth Engagement;
  7. See How Youth Engagement Stops
  8. Think Critically About Youth Engagement
  9. Sustain Youth Engagement, and
  10. Engage Adults In Youth Engagement.

He also shares a number of additional tools focused on youth engagement, including the Youth Engagement Assessment Tool; A Short History Of Youth Engagement In The United States; a comprehensive glossary; A Short Introduction to Youth Engagement; and the Youth Engagement Workshop Guide.

There’s a complete bibliography with more than 300 citations of works around the world, as well as the writing that has influenced him most over the years.

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About the Author

An internationally-recognized consultant and speaker focused on student voice​,​ author​ Adam Fletcher has worked with schools, education agencies, and other organizations across the United States and Canada. ​He is the author the SoundOut Student Voice Curriculum, Student Voice Revolution: The Meaningful Student Involvement Handbook and The Guide to Student Voice. His writing has also been published in education journals and magazines around the world.

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My Review of Pedagogy of Hope by Paulo Freire

Pedagogy of Hope: Reliving Pedagogy of the Oppressed (Impacts)Pedagogy of Hope: Reliving Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The book is essential for Freirians; first-time readers of his work want to go to the original, and then onward. Eventually, come back to this book and you’ll appreciate its depth a lot.

Freire examined his own career consistently, revisiting his beliefs as often as some people change socks. This book was written a quarter century after Pedagogy of the Oppressed, with the purpose of reliving the experience of writing it. He examines his own experiences, offering some of the personal story behind his society-changing critical theory. This book is for people who’ve read the original and want to know more, particularly from a humanizing perspective.

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A Unique Introduction to Youth Engagement by Adam Fletcher

A Unique Introduction to Youth Engagement by Adam Fletcher


Now available from Adam Fletcher, A Unique Introduction to Youth Engagement is a powerful guide to what youth engagement is, how it happens, and much more.

Fletcher dispels the myth that youth engagement is only about certain youth doing certain things. Instead, in his comprehensive understanding, its about the lives of all children and youth everyday. 

And it is absolutely FREE.





Ending Discrimination Against Young People by Adam Fletcher

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In Fall 2013, Adam Fletcher published a new book exploring the ways children and youth are treated throughout society. Ending Discrimination Against Young People is available on and from select distributors.

Most books about young people begin with the idea that children and youth are less than adults, and then proceed to offer various techniques to make them grow up. In his analysis, Fletcher begins instead by asking, “Who are young people today, and what do they truly face?” What follows from that place is a new understanding of the way the world works today, and powerful ideas that can change homes, schools, government, and businesses right now.


  • Name: Ending Discrimination Against Young People
  • Author: Adam Fletcher
  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (August 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1492183822
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492183822
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.5 inches

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“Having been an educator and working with youth for over 20 years, I have always considered myself an advocate for youth. This book really opened my eyes as to how deep rooted this discrimination is and how most of us don’t even give it a second thought. Anyone working with young people should absolutely read this book. It is an essential understanding for the change we wish to see in our education system today.”

—Donna Mikkelsen, founder of The Garden Road School, Crompond, NY

“Adam Fletcher provides an expert look at the revolutionary idea that youth endure, and are harmed by, pervasive age discrimination and supplies supportive advice on how young people and their adult allies can work against it in their daily lives. His perspective as an activist/youth worker/educator (pick whichever one you think is best), a father, and a former young person inform this excellent addition to the youth rights library.”

—Alex Koroknay-Palicz, former executive director of the National Youth Rights Association, Takoma Park, MD

“I loved it. The departure from the typical academic perspective combined with the invested wisdom brings it together well.”

— Jabreel Chisley, 18 year old virtual schooled student and community organizer, Institute for Democratic Education in America, Euclid, OH

“After reading this book, I have to believe youth discrimination is a part of everyone’s life. When you’re 20, you are an adult but society refuses to recognize you as one. That’s not fair, and its making our priorities messed up. This book makes me know I can do something about that!”

—Emily Richardson, young person, Omaha, NE

“This book was really eye-opening and left me with a lot to think about. Now that I understand what adultism is, I can see examples of it in my life and the world around me. I want to be a different kind of parent who gives my kids more appropriate choices.”

—Julian Apilado Lilienthal, mother of two, Deming, NM

“[Fletcher’s] fluid writing makes complicated realities easy to see. Now, I understand the role I have as a parent in youth discrimination. I’ll be a better parent and teacher for my daughters because of this book.”

Elizabeth Ahlstrom, homeschooling mother of four, Caroline, Alberta, Canada

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