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Adam Fletcher: Integrating Youth


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Adam Fletcher's May 2012 keynote presentation at the Eastern Washington University Building Better Communities Conference.

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Adam Fletcher: Integrating Youth

  1. 1. Adam Fletcher:Integrating Youth
  2. 2. A Crisis of Disconnection • Our communities • Our public good • Their Futures
  3. 3. Definition of Youth Voice Youth voice Distinct ideas, opinions, attitudes, knowledge, and actions of young people anywhere in society.
  4. 4. Youth Voice is Missing in Our Communities • At home • In school • During youth programs • Throughout our neighborhoods • Across our state • In our shared history
  5. 5. Youth Voice is Missing • No decision-making for the public good • No positive affect on the whole community • Repeat participation in poor community activities
  6. 6. Barriers to Youth Voice • Perspectives of Adults • Structures of Disconnection • Young people themselves
  7. 7. Hope"Our youth are not failing the system; the system is failing our youth. Ironically, the very youth who are being treated the worst are the young people who are going to lead us out of this nightmare." - Rachel Jackson
  8. 8. Youth Integration • Public • Private • Nonprofits
  9. 9. The Freechild Project – Resources for social change led by and with young people – www.freechild.orgSoundOut – Promoting student voice in schools –