My first work with the federal government was in 1997 when I joined AmeriCorps in Lincoln, Nebraska. After that I worked in two other AmeriCorps programs and subcontracted with a national training organization for the Corporation for National Service. When I worked at the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction I was in the US Department of Education-funded Title 5 program office. Over the last year I’ve been working with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention-funded Coordinated School Health Program in Washington State. All along I have worked as a private contractor and nonprofit organization executive director, providing training and technical assistance directly to dozens of federally-funded education, AmeriCorps, Learn and Serve, and other federally-funded efforts around the country. Needless to say, I am invested in the idea that the federal government has a role in engaging and promoting Youth Voice throughout the U.S.
- Who are the young people in our program/town or state?
- What do I know about those young people?
- What have those young people told me indirectly? Directly?
- What ways does our community engage their voices?
- What issues are these young people addressing?
- What are the disparaties they face in Youth Voice?
- What resources does our program/town/state have to address those disparities?