Parent Youth Engagement Seminar

The Freechild Institute for Youth Engagement is proud to share our newest program, the Parent Youth Engagement Seminars, or PYES. PYES provide fun, interactive seminars to parents and youth who work together and make successful families, supportive homes and healthier communities.

This is the Parent Youth Engagement Seminars logo.

What Is PYES?

Focused on the positive, powerful potential of youth-parent partnerships at home, PYES is a new program of the Freechild Institute. Together, youth and parents come to PYES to explore youth engagement, family empowerment and home-based change. They explore the skills, knowledge and actions needed to change their lives and the homes they share, too. Focused on practical learning through meaningful and fun activities, participants examine deep issues, create powerful solutions and learn in new ways as partners.

What Does It Cover?

Topics in the workshops include: 

  • Youth Voice at Home
  • Family Involvement 
  • Facing Negative Stereotypes at Home
  • Changing Household Communication  
  • Establishing Appropriate Power, Trust, and Respect 
  • Individual and Family Strengths and Weaknesses 
  • Family Action Planning
  • Problem Solving Every Day 
  • Providing Real Adult Support for Youth

How Does It Happen?

Freechild Institute facilitates these seminars online. These can be done with large groups or in family groups.


Partnering with nonprofits, schools, government agencies and others, the Freechild Institute facilitates interactive, online train-the-trainer events, and then certifies organizations to use our materials. Partners receive complete seminar manuals with workshop plans, a facilitation guide, evaluation materials and participant handouts. There are also additional materials available, include promotional items and seminar banners.

How Do I Learn More?

For more information, contact Adam Fletcher at (360) 489-9680 or email

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Downtown Olympia Homeless Youth Engagement Project

From 2013 to 2016, Adam conducted strategic planning, program planning and project management for the City of Olympia and Capital Recovery Center through the Downtown Olympia Homeless Youth Engagement Project.

Working with City staff, nonprofit partners and business owners in the downtown area, Adam facilitated homeless youth outreach forums, community planning events and key informant interviews, developing responsive programs and outreach activities with city staff and others.

He created meeting agendas and facilitated activities, including more than a dozen gatherings of up to 100 people. The activities he facilitated included technical assistance meetings, community-wide gatherings, professional affinity groups, and forums for homeless youth.

For this project, Adam created activity reports and developed a comprehensive funding report for the City government. He also designed performance tools for use in large scale public events as well as in professional development sessions for City staff and nonprofit partners. 


Project Artifacts


North Carolina Rural Economic Development Forum Next Generation Initiative
The 2016 Youth Forum was a project Adam led for this consultancy.

Olympia All Youth Forum flyer
The 2015 Youth Forum was a project Adam facilitated for this consultancy.













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