The Privilege of Youth Involvement

Youth boards, youth staff members, youth evaluators, youth advisors, youth researchers, youth trainers… all examples of ways to engage Youth Voice in organizations, and all privileged. The nature of youth involvement is one of privilege and exclusivity. This can be a difficult idea to grasp, but let’s think about it: for every one youth who is actively engaged in decision-making or leadership or empowerment activities of any time, there are dozens and hundreds more who aren’t. All that said, it is a privilege to be involved. Having deliberate opportunities to share Youth Voice with adults and throughout society is a particularly important thing, and that’s the point of this post: adults must understand that young people have these particularly powerful opportunities and that we have an ethical obligation to spread these opportunities throughout our society. 

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Written by Adam Fletcher, this article was originally posted to Learn more at!

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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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