Developing Youth-Professional Partnerships: From Tokenism to Meaningful Youth Participation

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In this keynote presentation to the Pennsylvania Youth and Family Institute, Adam Fletcher explored the themes of youth voice, youth-adult partnerships, tokenism, and more.

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Developing Youth-Professional Partnerships: From Tokenism to Meaningful Youth Participation

  1. 1. DEVELOPINGYOUTH-PROFESSIONALPARTNERSHIPSFrom Tokenism to Meaningful YouthParticipation
  2. 2. The Freechild Project Adam Fletcher, Director • Founded in 2001 • Resources • Training • Technical Assistance • 10,000 youth and adults trained Government , Nonprofit, • Foundation, Private Sector partners www.freechild.org
  3. 3. Youth can be the leadersof tomorrow – if weprocrastinate .
  4. 4. Ladder of Youth ParticipationAdaptedfrom RogerHart’sLadder ofChildren’sParticipation Adult-Led, Youth Tokenism Informed Decoration
  5. 5. Youth/Adult RelationshipsSpectrum
  6. 6. Youth/Adult Partnerships Who What When Where Why How
  7. 7. Cycle of Engagement
  8. 8. www.freechild.org
  9. 9. Team Explore Options for Action
  10. 10. Community Mapping
  11. 11.  MotivationYouth  LearningPower • Skills – Doing • Knowledge – ThinkingParticipation  PlanningPlanning  Action  Reflection
  12. 12. Contact Adam Fletcher Website www.bicyclingfish.com Phone (360)489-9680

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