Washington Youth Voice Curriculum
Author: Adam Fletcher
Date: November 2001
Location: Olympia, Washington
are hard to find,
especially when you are working to create social change
with young people on a limited budget. FireStarter was
created to provide young people, youth workers and teachers
with accessible, powerful tools to engage young people.
The following collection of materials forms a loose
curriculum that can be used to promote
youth engagement, increase youth knowledge and ability, and
develop group teamwork.
Guide for Youth
Participant Guidebook features a four-part process,
Inspiration - Explores why young people should
care about changing the world around them. By highlighting
the issues facing youth today and the words of Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr., this section challenges young people to
become invested in their own lives and their community's
Awareness Raising - Encourages young people to examine
their surroundings to determine what needs to change. This
section showcases the issues that young people are
addressing through action, including homelessness,
anti-youth sentiment, and more.
Skill-Building - Identifies how change happens
by assessing where youth are now and where they can go,
both individually and as members of their larger
communities. This section emphasizes personal ownership by
encouraging community investment in young people.
Action Planning - Directs young people through a
series of tangible steps to design and implement their
activities. Features a practical, hands-on tool for action
planning and tools.
Guide for Facilitators
Facilitator's Guidebook is a simple collection of
Notes on Facilitating Firestarter - This section
includes information on teaching versus guiding; the six
points of facilitating; debriefing; creating group norms;
and talking about feelings.
Mental Challenges, Twists, and Tricks
- Short activities designed to encourage participants to
earn knowledge, not to just get it.
- Activities to conduct
while using the Participant Guidebook, including
initiative games and more.
Resources - A
collection of publications and websites about initiative
activities and more useful resources for Firestarter
So, You Wanna Be a Playa?
Freechild Guide to Cooperative Games for Social Change
A collection of
cooperative, interactive, initiative teambuilding
activities for young people and adults.
Freechild Project offers training and technical assistance on
the FireStarter Youth Empowerment Program. For more information