CommonAction Youth Engagement Catalog


Published on

The 2012-13 CommonAction Youth Engagement Catalog is full of services and products to help YOUR youth program, organization, or community!

Published in: Education, Business
  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

CommonAction Youth Engagement Catalog

  1. 1. CommonAction Engaging People to Change the World! 2012-2013 Youth Engagement CatalogWorkshops & Call (360) 489-9680 or emailPublications for… info@commonaction.orgIndividuals, Organizations,Change Agents, Children & Join us atYouth, Educators, Youth, Parents, Students,Community Organizers, andmany others.
  2. 2. Table of Contentstable Of Contents ____________________________________ 2About Commonaction ________________________________ 3 Recommendations _________________________________ 3 Our Expertise _____________________________________ 4 Our Activities _____________________________________ 5 Our People _______________________________________ 6Training & Professional Development ____________________ 8 Workshop Logistics ________________________________ 8 Youth Engagement Workshops _______________________ 9 Skill Building Workshops ___________________________ 12Youth Engagement Publications _______________________ 13 Certification Programs _____________________________ 15Past Youth Engagement Clients And Collaborators _________ 18Costs And Scheduling ________________________________ 20 CommonAction Consulting | (360) 489-9680 | 2
  3. 3. About CommonActionCommonAction Consulting envisions all people everywhereliving engaged lives, including children, youth, and adults.We believe engagement is the sustained connection a personhas to the world within or outside herself or himself.CommonAction staff foster engagement through substantivepersonal development, sustainable social change, meaningfulpolicy reform, and powerful transformation activities.Founded in 2005 by internationally recognized communityengagement thought leader Adam Fletcher, CommonActionConsulting is a socially oriented private firm. Beginning in 2001with our flagship program, The Freechild Project, we focused onyouth engagement in community settings. Our school outreachprogram, SoundOut, launched in 2002 to focus on studentengagement. Heartspace, our new initiative launching in spring2012, focuses on personal engagement. Throughout the yearswe have worked inRecommendations“Adam Fletchers work is especially relevant in getting youngpeople to participate in the realms of politics and criticaleducation.” —Henry Giroux, Global Television Network Chair in CommonAction Consulting | (360) 489-9680 | 3
  4. 4. English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University; Author 40+books about education and youth“CommonAction creates opportunities for people to becomemeaningfully involved in the decisions that affect them. Theirwork has made them the “go to” organization on these issuesnationally.” —Greg Williamson, Washington state educationagency“Adam is one of the most knowledgeable people in the worldregarding student voice and youth rights. I have attended histhorough and excellent presentations and confer regularly oncurrent work in the field. I highly recommend him as a presenterand a writer in our field.” —Dana Mitra, Associate Professor,Penn State University; Author, Student Voice in School Reform.“Adam is one of the most gifted, principled visionaries whoempowers people of all ages and backgrounds to pursueauthentic youth engagement in all sectors of society.” —WendyLesko, Executive Director, Youth Activism Project; Author,Youth: The 26% Solution.OUR EXPERTISECommonAction is a boutique firm that does not seek to “do itall.” Instead, we focus on several specific areas of expertise.Youth EngagementNonprofit organizations, community groups, and governmentagencies work with The Freechild Project to take action focusedon Youth Voice, Service Learning, Authentic Youth Engagement,and more. We also lead Engagement Learning Communities.Learn about The Freechild Project at CommonAction Consulting | (360) 489-9680 | 4
  5. 5. OUR ACTIVITIESWorkshops CoachingOperating in local settings, CommonAction Presidentnational conferences, and Adam Fletcher works with aretreats, our educational and small number of individualsskill-building training events annually to provide coachingare for all ages and focused on life and livelihood.professional development. Program DesignMotivational and K-12 schools, youth-servingExpert Speeches nonprofits, governmentAdam Fletcher provides agencies and otherpowerful talks for audiences of organizations hire us toall sizes and ages about conceptualize, design, andengagement, transformation, implement programs.action, and more. Freelance WritingOrganizational Our staff has written moreConsulting than 100 publications for anOur specialties in consulting education, nonprofit, andinclude program design, government clients. We alsoevaluation, and organizational manage social mediachange work focused on campaigns, communityhuman engagement. relations activities, and more. CommonAction Consulting | (360) 489-9680 | 5
  6. 6. OUR PEOPLE Adam Fletcher—President. Adam is the award- winning founder of The Freechild Project and SoundOut. He has created more than 50 projects and has written more than 20 publications. Learn more at Paula Kadanoff—Consultant. Paula is an educator and activist with more than 15 years experience. After becoming active in school reform as a high school student, she is currently going into her sixth year teaching high school in the Bronx. She is also a key member of student leadership activities there. Teddy Wright—Consultant. Teddy is an exciting facilitator and youth development specialist skilled in program development, implementation and evaluation, and a child advocate and community- builder. Scott LeDuc—Consultant. Scott is a master teacher with more than a decade in the classroom. He also serves as adjunct faculty at several universities. Learn more about him at CommonAction Consulting | (360) 489-9680 | 6
  7. 7. Mike Beebe—Consultant. Mike has over 20 years of experience managing youth and adult leadership programs. He has managed an AmeriCorps program, youth services, and served on the board of directors for a national organization advocating for GLBT families. Learn more about Mike at Emma Margraf—Consultant. Emma is an expert in community promotion for nonprofits. She has worked in non-profits and in politics for more than a decade. Her experience includes nonprofit communications and community outreach. Alan Wong—Consultant. An innovative trainer, educator, and artist, Alan leads dynamic workshops throughout North America and beyond. He has been a lead facilitator and program director with the Power of Hope youth-empowerment program for a decade.CommonAction Consulting | (360) 489-9680 | 7
  8. 8. Training & Professional DevelopmentCommonAction has been facilitating high quality learningexperiences since 2005. Working in more than 35 states and 4countries, our president Adam Fletcher is renowned for hisinteractive, humorous expertise. CommonAction staff havemore than 100 years combined experience working with diverseparticipants in a variety of settings. Following is informationabout what we provide.Workshop LogisticsWe offer each workshop in formats ranging from 60 minutes to6 days, and can create longer retreat and conference formats onrequest. They can be customized as training events, conferencesessions, or professional development programs. They areinterchangeable for different environments and participants,and can be customized to meet your organization’s needs.Based in current research, practical experience, and pragmaticapplication, all of our offerings can be customized to meetparticipant needs. Each workshop is a hands-on, interactivelearning event that engages participants as co-learners. Ourworkshops cover Personal Engagement, CommunityEngagement, Youth Engagement, School Engagement, andgeneral skill-building workshops. CommonAction Consulting | (360) 489-9680 | 8
  9. 9. YOUTH ENGAGEMENT WORKSHOPSOur youth engagement workshops are convenient for youth-serving adults and young people. They teach important theorywhile staying grounded in practical considerations. Learn moreat Youth Leadership Training. Focused onengaging traditionally dis-engaged youth leaders. Youth andadults who are ready to change the world learn the skills, issues,and pathways communities, organizations, and individuals cantake towards youth leadership, and different ways youthleadership can change the lives of youth, adults, and the world.Equity, Not Equality: REAL Youth/Adult Partnerships.Focuses on relationships between young people and adults.Moving adults from seeing children and youth as the passiverecipients of adult decision-making, this workshop teachespractical, concrete pathways to form partnerships betweenyoung people and adults at home, in schools, withincommunities, and throughout our society.Intro to Youth Voice. Participants in this workshop learn thatyouth voice is any expression of any young person about anytopic anywhere all the time. Youth and adults in this workshoplearn how to harness the power of youth voice to createeffective, sustainable change in the lives of young people andthroughout our communities.Moving Beyond Voice. This workshop is an advancedsession for practitioners to study the Cycle of Engagement andhow it can be used throughout their lives, programs,
  10. 10. organizations, and communities. Participants examineassumptions, critically assess activities, and plan for futureaction.How to Work with Youth. Training for youth workers,teachers, and other adults who support young people. Thisworkshop maximizes decades of research and experienceworking with children and youth to support adults becomingallies with children and youth. Adult participants learn practicalskills, important issues, and key considerations to successfullyworking with young people. Barriers are directly addressed, andresources are shared to ensure participant effectiveness in theirown settings.Learning through Service. This workshop shows howactivism, organizing, community service, and social change arepowerful ways to engage young people in learning practicalclassroom goals. This workshop engages teachers, youthworkers, and youth in learning about service, reflection,meeting community needs, and building powerful agents forsocial change through learning and teaching.New Roles for Young People Throughout Society.Participants explore the cultural shifts happening as youngpeople access technology and personalized consumerism. Theworld they live in is changing, and because of that theinstitutions that serve them must change, too. Explore thoseexpectations and identifies powerful, effective ways to engageyoung people.Engaging Young People in Social Change. Draws onmore than 100 years history of American youth activism. This CommonAction Consulting | (360) 489-9680 | 10
  11. 11. workshop is a broad overview of effective, meaningful, andsustainable approaches to engaging young people in socialchange. Participants identify opportunities and challenges forthat action.Youth-Led Action. This workshop explores different ways toengage young people in creative, sustainable, and effectivesocial change. Includes concrete planning, recruitment, andevaluation activities.Intro to Community Engagement. Provides an overview ofwhat community engagement is, where and how it happens,and why we need to be concerned about it. Gives a concreteoverview of theory and practice, and focuses on real outcomes.Connecting to Constituents. Participants learn hands-ontools for engagement. They study different approaches tomaking a difference, and identify new opportunities for deeperimpact.Engaging Government as Allies, Not Enemies. Buildalliances, establish collaborations, and deepen relationships inorder to promote social change. Concrete examples and realexperience are used to highlight research-driven tools that canbe used in any setting.Moving From Apathy to Solidarity. Participants in thisworkshop explore different perceptions service providers,funders, educators, and others have of the people they serve.They then explore different ways to transform thoseperceptions, and what to do when transformation does nothappen. CommonAction Consulting | (360) 489-9680 | 11
  12. 12. SKILL BUILDING WORKSHOPSThese workshops provide basic skill-building opportunities forparticipants to identify and explore what they know and need toknow, and then challenges them to go to the next level. Intro to Engagement  Ground Rules Becoming an Effective  Group Strengths and Facilitator Weaknesses How to Work with Children  The Silent Circle How to Work with Youth  Group Appreciations How to Work with Parents  It’s in the Bag How to Work with  Problem Solving 101 Government Workers  Probing for Problems How to Work with  Planning For Roadblocks Nonprofits  Wrapping Up Action How to Work with Schools  Letting Go & Taking Charge Ready for Social Change  Ideal Partners Breaking Stereotypes  Creating Roles for Examining Media Bias Community Members Be Who You Are  Teambuilding Words as Weapons and  Introduction to Service Tools Learning Short Listening Activities  Introduction to Community Feedback Techniques Involvement Jargon Flags  Introduction to Social Power, Trust, and Respect ChangeAll our workshops can be customized for audiences ages 8 to 80,and we can accommodate group sizes from four to fourhundred. Contact our office for more information. CommonAction Consulting | (360) 489-9680 | 12
  13. 13. Youth Engagement PublicationsCommonAction staff have written more than 100 publicationsfor a education, nonprofit, and government clients. Textbooks,curriculum, introductory guides, and program manuals form thecore of our tools. We also write articles for magazines andwebsites, activity guides, a popular blog, and maintain activeTwitter feeds.The International Guide Freechild Project Youthto Adultism. Bias towards Voice Toolbox. Comprisedadults happens throughout all of a series of one- and two-societies. This guide shows sheet publications, these toolshow adultism appears, what identify practices, practicalhappens, and who it affects. It considerations and criticalthen details how to overcome concepts that are focused onadultism for young people engaging Youth Voice,and adults. (100 pgs, 2012) particularly among historically disengaged young people.Much Hope: Adam Written by Adam Fletcher. (60Fletcher Examines Youth pgs, 2011)Engagement. In thiscollection of essays, Freechild Project Youthmovement leader Adam Engagement WorkshopFletcher explores his 20+ year Guide. 24 hands-on,career working with young interactive workshopspeople and adults to change designed to teach youth andthe world. (200 pgs, 2012) adults about how to successfully engage young people. Includes workshops on communication, planning, CommonAction Consulting | (360) 489-9680 | 13
  14. 14. and other topics. Written by Freechild Project GuideAdam Fletcher. (74 pgs, 2012) to Social Change Led By and With Young People.Freechild Project Youth A summary of the socialAction Toolkit. A simple change issues and actionsstrategy for complex action, addressed by and with youngthis series of tools was people around the world.designed for young people to Written by Adam Fletcher andtake action and make the Joseph Vavrus. (15 pgs, 2007)world a better place. Includesresearch, planning, delivery, Freechild Project Guideand evaluation tools. Written to Cooperative Gamesby Adam Fletcher. (50 pgs, for Social Change. An2012) introductory guide for those interested in making socialYouth Engagement change engaging and relevantHandbook. An introductory to all participants. Written byguide that lays out what, why, Adam Fletcher and Kari Kunst.who, when, where, and how (24 pgs, 2005)youth voice happens indiverse communities around Firestarter Youththe world. Includes a Youth Empowerment Program. .Engagement Assessment and Sections on motivation, skilla resource section. Written by building, issue awareness, andAdam Fletcher. (110 pgs, action planning help youth to2012) learn about empowerment. Includes a facilitator’s guide. Written by Adam Fletcher. (60 pgs, 2002) CommonAction Consulting | (360) 489-9680 | 14
  15. 15. CERTIFICATION PROGRAMSCommonAction is offering a growing collection of certificationprograms designed to give individuals and organizations aroundthe world the opportunity to provide high-quality, engagement-focused activities in their communities. Certifications are goodfor one-year, include access to the most up-to-date materials,and come with Internet-based technical assistance. SoundOut Youth Action CurriculumImagine a community...Where youth are equal partners incommunity change efforts; where youth and adults worktogether to improve learning, teaching, and leadershipthroughout communities; where youth voice is seen as a key tosuccessful transformation. THIS is the SoundOut Youth ActionCurriculum! SoundOut provides a unique, engaging, andpowerful curriculum JUST FOR YOUR program. CommonAction Consulting | (360) 489-9680 | 15
  16. 16. Comprised of eight modules, each with three 50-minute lessonplans, the curriculum is focused on engaging youth as partnersin improving communities. Each lesson plan is designed toengage diverse high school students with highly interactivecritical thinking, communication, and project-based learningactivities. The modules include Learning about Learning;Learning about Communities; Learning about CommunityChange; Youth as Researchers; Youth as Planners; Youth asTeachers; Youth as Evaluators; Youth as Decision-Makers; andYouth as Advocates.Each module teaches youth about the process of learning,community leadership, and community change, centering therole of youth voice in all of those activities. In addition to thelesson plans, the curriculum comes with handouts, a facilitator’sguide, and access to an online resource collection thatsupplements the lessons.This curriculum was designed for youth in grades 8-12. It can beused in a variety of settings, including Leadership programs,Service-learning requirements, Community improvement teams,City governments, Advisory programs, Social change groups, andSelf-directed learning programs. Written by Adam Fletcher,founder and director of SoundOut, the curriculum is research-driven, student-tested, and school improvement-focused.Written by Adam Fletcher. CommonAction Consulting | (360) 489-9680 | 16
  17. 17. Youth Engagement Workshop Facilitator CertificationWorking with youth engagement practitioners across the USand Canada, The Freechild Project trainers have identified aseries of routine trainings that local agencies can facilitate ontheir own. Covering many skill areas essential for every youthworker, this train-the-trainer certification gives facilitators theability to facilitate essential learning for all youth engagementpractitioners.Comprised of 24 different complete workshops, this train-the-trainer workshop covers youth-specific engagement workshopsfocused on stereotypes, media bias, self-awareness, language,listening, feedback, and more. Participants also study AdamFletcher’s tips on excellent facilitation, workshop planning, andevaluations.Certifies adults or young people on how to facilitate. Alsoprepares classroom teachers, afterschool workers, and otherson how to most effectively work with children and youth. Editedby Adam Fletcher. CommonAction Consulting | (360) 489-9680 | 17
  18. 18. Past Youth Engagement Clients and CollaboratorsAlternatives, Inc. Community Youth North Carolina RuralAmerican Cancer Services EconomicSociety Northwest Corporation for Development Center,Region Community and Inc.American Institutes for National Service Olympia Free SchoolResearch - Technical Dare Mighty Things One World Now!Assistance Program Fremont Public PeaceJam NorthwestAmericas Promise Association/Solid Pierce CountyBaltimore Mental Ground AmeriCorps Prevention ProgramHealth Systems Program Prairie RidgeBoys and Girls Club of Grantmakers Forum CommunityThurston County on Community and Association National ServiceCampaign Consultation Project Service Idaho Governors LeadershipCapstone Press Commission on ServiceCarnegie Corporation Right of Passage and Volunteerism Journeys and ChemicalCasey Family Programs King County Partners DependencyCatalyst Miami/Human in Prevention Program Professionals ofServices Coalition of King County Youth Washington StateMiami-Dade County Development Network Santa Barbara CountyChildrens Defense Manchester Youth Service LearningFund Commission InitiativeCity of Ephrata, National Network for Seattle MetrocenterWashington Youth YMCA Foster YouthCity of Everett, National Youth Rights ProgramWashington Association Seattle Penny HarvestCity of Cheney, Nebraska Commission SeattleWashington on Community and Seahawks/SeattleCloud Institute for National Service SoundersSustainabilityEducation CommonAction Consulting | (360) 489-9680 | 18
  19. 19. Service Learning YMCA YouthSeattle Leadership SummitSOAR Youth and FamilySuncoast EarthForce Leadership InstituteSurdna Foundation Youth On BoardTeamChild YouthBuild USAThurston County Youth Youth Service AmericaWorker SummitTogether, Inc.United NationsDevelopmentProgram/ProjectoJuventude, São Paulo,BrazilUniversity ofPittsburgh Office ofChild DevelopmentVillage of Caroline,AlbertaVolunteer Center ofThurston, Mason andLewis CountiesWashingtonRecreation and ParksAssociationWashington ServiceCorpsWashington StateEmployment SecurityDepartmentWashington StateYouth LeadershipSummit CommonAction Consulting | (360) 489-9680 | 19
  20. 20. Costs and SchedulingFor a complete price sheet, scheduling details, and moreinformation please contact our office.Address CommonAction PO Box 6185 Olympia, WA 98507-6185 USAEmail info@commonaction.orgPhone Adam Fletcher (360)489-9680