Why Freechild? An
Intro to Connecting Young People and Social Change
By Adam Fletcher,
founder and director of The Freechild Project
Money is running
low, problems are flying high. Our society is
struggling without the resources it needs to meet
the challenges it faces. Politicians talk about
change while community leaders talk about things
staying the same. Teachers are challenged to measure the
chores they've been given while
youth workers hope to meet needs they may not be
familiar with. The poverty, racism, gender
discrimination and other oppression facing our
society today are nearly overwhelming.
The entire time
we're all this is going on adults are doing worse
than ignoring youth - if that were the only
problem. Instead we adults are actually causing the
challenges youth face to get worse. Luckily, as
Rachel Jackson of
Books Not Bars said, "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."
In 2002 I began working with a
group of friends, allies and others across the country to build the
collection of resources you will find on The Freechild Project website.
adults, and elders share details on the
issues young people care about and
they are taking. We work together to find
reading and to write
original Freechild publications.
Starting in 2003 I began offering
workshops for children and youth, youth workers
and teachers, foundation officers and government
officials in youth involvement, youth voice and
engaging young people in social change. Dozens of
people across the country have worked with me, and
Teddy Wright joins me in providing training and
continue to use the Internet to expand and sustain
the Freechild network, with our
youth rights wiki, and
Do you have ideas,
suggestions, or questions about the Freechild's website, publications, or
tools? Get in touch!
Through our collective
efforts as advocates and allies, we can move toward the goal of
radically-inclusive democracy around the world.