Adam Fletcher has inspired and informed me for more than 15 years. The Soundout.org website is incredible and his library of resources truly vast. It is with great pleasure that I share this episode in which Adam provides an overview of his work and talk frankly about adultism and how it hinders true partnership between adults and young people.
Adam Fletcher’s internationally-renowned work is based on growing up as a border-crossing, occasionally homeless low-income kid from the Canadian Rockies to the Midwestern U.S. He has created an on engaging people throughout their lives. The author of 50 books and over 100 published articles, Adam’s work promotes personal engagement, youth voice, student involvement and community empowerment. He earned a Bachelors degree focused on critical pedagogy and youth studies from The Evergreen State College and conducted graduate studies at the University of Washington in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. Today, he consults and trains organizations around the world.
You can listen to Episode 6 featuring Adam Fletcher here:
This episode features Rainbow Chen, a student at Winooski High School in Vermont.
Rainbow Chen is a 16-year old rising senior at Winooski High School, located in the small 1.1 square mile city of Winooski, Vermont. On top of being a passionate student, she sits on many leadership positions ranging from local to state level. Locally, she works with the Nellie Mae Foundation and her school board. Statewide, she is one of only two student representatives on the State Board of Education. Rainbow strives to fight for an education that her generation can flourish and succeed in, heavily inspired by the labels often stamped on her school: low-income, low test-score, most diverse school in the state, and “failing” school. Outside of her leadership occupations, she actively participates in the fine arts by playing double bass in the Vermont Youth Orchestra and works at her family’s small Chinese restaurant.
This special episode with Rainbow Chen is available here:
This special podcast features Greg Williamson from Washington State.
For nearly three decades, while serving in other roles with the state and federal government, Greg Williamson has worked directly with young people to better involve them in the decisions that affect them. This includes establishment of several co-designed efforts: the Office of the Superintendent of Instruction (OSPI), Washington State Student Engagement Office; the Legislative Youth Advisory Council (LYAC); US Senator Patty Murray’s Senate Advisory Youth Involvement Team (SAYIT); the Office of the Superintendent of Instruction/Washing Association of Student Councils: Student 2 Student “Change Your World” program; student engagement authority, funding, and initiatives in various student support programs, and other youth policy and strategy work.
Greg’s MA degree is in organization renewal, and much of his work and consultation involves teaching principles of systems thinking, change, chaos, and emergence theory to youth and adults as a vehicle for school and community improvement and increasing social justice.
Greg recommends viewing Engaged, an award-winning documentary series from Washington’s public television station called TVW. It shows Washington State students engaged in civic life.
Listen to this special episode with Greg Williamson here: