For over one hundred years American youth have been leading the way forward on divisive issues – though their engagement has often been invisible or quickly forgotten. We need their help if we're going to create healthier communities. Young people thrive when given the opportunity to make decisions, create service projects, put plans into action, and reach out to other community members. Youth benefit from mentors and guidance, evaluation of their progress, and coaching along the way. Our youth engagement team includes nationally recognized leaders. They provide innovative, collaborative strategies, tools and materials to bring youth engagement into schools, communities, cities, organizations and more.
Listen to Adam Fletcher latest interview on NPR
Watch TEDX video of Erin Jones on Passion for Change
Motivational Speeches, Keynotes, All school Assemblies and Workshops
Our youth engagement team deliver powerful, relatable and memorable talks for audiences of all sizes and ages about engagement, transformation, action, and more. Focusing on practical expertise and meaningful storytelling, they combine personal stories with substantive experience to motivate, educate and empower audiences. Each of our topics can be customized as a speech or workshop to meet your requirements, including outcomes, description and characteristics of each topic.
CURRICULUM & Lesson Plans
We work with K-12 schools, youth-serving nonprofits, government agencies and other organizations to conceptualize, design, and implement programs. Below is a list of our existing curriculum available.
Freechild Youth Action Curriculum: Focused on youth changing the world, this program uses a 24-lesson plan curriculum for youth to learn what, how, when and where they can make a difference. Using project-based learning, youth ages 13-19 can build their skills, learn new knowledge and take action through fun, hands-on and powerful learning. This research-driven curriculum is based on 20+ years of experience with many organizations.
SoundOut Student Voice Program: This school-based program is for middle and high school students who want to change schools. Focused on research, planning, teaching, evaluation, decision-making and advocacy, students explore the potential and possibilities of student voice in school improvement. This is a project-based curriculum with a capstone project focused on student-driven school change.
Parent Youth Engagement Seminars: With multiple workshops to select from, youth and parent partners participate in this interactive, cooperation-based seminar in order to foster youth engagement at home. Participants take away new ideas, tools and activities designed to support youth-parent partnerships, and design family action plans to make a difference in their day-to-day living.
Youth Engagement Curriculum: This is an introductory, customized learning opportunity for youth to learn the knowledge, skills and actions needed to advocate for youth voice in various settings throughout community, including nonprofits, government, the economy and home.
SoundOut School Board Training: SoundOut teaches school board members how to engage students on school boards. Our training focuses on a variety of roles for students, as well as the skills and action school boards need to take to on-board students and sustain their meaningful involvement. This training has happened in Michigan, Washington, Vermont and Alberta.
Freechild Institute Courses: These courses are professional development sessions for educators, advocates, social workers and others focused on the skills, knowledge and actions needed to facilitate youth engagement throughout their work. Using generative processes, participants explore their beliefs, experiences, activities and outcomes to critique, strengthen and embolden their youth engagement efforts.
Are you ready TO BE AT THE VANGUARD OF YOUTH ENGAGEMENT?
Reach out to us today, and let’s talk about the best way for you to provide innovative, collaborative strategies, tools and materials to engage youth engagement into schools, communities, cities, organizations and more.