The Top 10 Youth Voice Publications
There is a lot of chatter out there about listening to youth, engaging
young people, and promoting meaningful youth involvement. But
sometimes it is hard to find resources that value what you think and
feel as someone committed to young people + social change.
are the Top 10 Youth Voice publications we have found. They come
from across the spectrum of youth voice, and each values diversity,
transformation, and community. We have included a separate list of our
own publications at the bottom for your use, and
indicates free download.
Cities With Children and Youth by David Driskell. This UNESCO publications provides examples
and activities that can help young people become engaged
throughout their communities. It gives youth participation a
global perspective by contextualizing young peoples' engagement
within an international movement for citizen engagement. The
tools within this booklet cover a variety of topics, and can be
useful across the board.
Youth Voices in Community Design Handbook
by The California Center for Civic Engagement and Youth
Development. This is a
spectacular, free how-to guide on getting youth involved in
local policy making and community planning. While its really
specific to community planning, this handbook provides a
step-by-step guide to youth engagement and is supported by an
extensive online library of articles and activities that can be
used by any
youth voice group.
Occasional Paper No. 01: An Emerging Model for Working with
Youth: Community Organizing + Youth Development = Youth
Organizing by LISTEN, Inc. This paper would blow away the populist youth
voice "effort" if
people actually read it. It explores the influences of community
youth development on youth organizing; describes a continuum
different levels and models of youth engagement; and outlines
of youth organizing: its processes, guiding principles,
practices and impacts.
Uprising: Confronting the Tyrannies of the 21st Century
by N. Welton and L. Wolf. Another book to wake up the so-called
movement". This book moved my insides by sharing the stories of
the new global youth movement for peace and justice. People are
telling their own stories and sharing their own work through
Told through personal narratives, poster art,
poetry, photographs, and interviews with new and seasoned
Uprising captures the spirit of youth activism and honors young
to effect serious change.
Best Practices in Youth Philanthropy
by Pam Garza and Pam Stevens for the Coalition of Community
Foundations for Youth. This is the mother of all youth voice
resources, in that it provides everything that anyone needs to
know about youth voice in this particular area. It should be a
blueprint for other books to follow.
What Works in Youth Participation? Case Studies from around the
world by Sylvia Golombeck. This report asks a variety of interesting
contextualize youth voice in the global setting. By reaching
across interest areas, this shares “what works” in many
different areas, in many different ways. It is also written by
authors of different ages - something most publications can't
Youth Organizing and Activism in the United States by J. Kim, M. de Dios, P. Caraballo, et al. Features analysis of
the modern youth movement, interviews with 25 young people
changing the world, and profiles of 500 of the most important
youth-led organizations across the country. It also includes
statistics on youth organizations, listings of youth-friendly
foundations and national networks, and amazing art from the
Knock-Your-Socks-Off: Training Teens to be Successful Activists
by Wendy Lesko. A great introduction to training for youth
voice. Comprehensive, easy, and approachable in a way that a lot
of manuals dream of being.
15 Points to Successfully Involving Youth on Boards by Youth on Board. This is the essential guide to youth
involvement in decision-making for organizations and
individuals. Focuses on YoB's popular method for youth
participation, giving needed tips and success stories
throughout. Includes a rationale, steps to follow, and
assessments for your organization.
Youth Voice Begins With You!
by Jennifer Kurkoski, Karla Markendorf And Norma Straw for the
Washington Youth Voice Project. Provides a far-reaching
introduction to youth voice & involvement, including useful tips
and trainings. This is the original framework that a lot of
organizations adapted in their own programs and publications.
Unfortunately, the Washington Youth Voice Project is defunct,
and this manual is now unavailable - but do not despair!
The Freechild Project worked with our local partners to recreate
this fine work as the
Washington Youth Voice Handbook!
Younger Voices, Stronger Choices: Promise Project's Guide to Forming
Youth/Adult Partnerships by Michael McLarney and Loring Leifer. An old-school original that it
seems like everyone has borrowed from. This book is an important
primer on youth participation in meaningful ways. This is the
foundational text for many other books on youth involvement.
Building Community: A Tool Kit for Youth and Adults in Charting Assets
Creating Change by The Innovation Center. This publication incorporates ideas and
tools from a variety of sources to make it possible for individuals
and groups everywhere to bring an inclusive, asset-based approach to
creating positive change in their community. Filled with detailed
information and case studies, it gives users what they need to create
youth adult partnerships and lasting community youth development.
Youth as Equal Partners by Wendy Lesko and Adam Kendall for United Way of Amerca. This is a
comprehensive, easy-to-use manual that provides a hyper-useful
introduction to youth voice and involvement.
Bomb the Suburbs by William Upski Wimsatt. This book served as a manifesto and
call-to-arms for my generation of youth activists who live in cities.
The author is now a renown thinker of this generation, and this, his
booming clarion call, sounds the charge with analysis, weaponry, and
empowerment for today's youth activists.
The Teenage Liberation Handbook: How To Quit School and Get a Real
Education by Grace Llewelyn. "Your life, time, and brain should belong to you,
not to an institution." Another dangerous wake-up call for youth voice
advocates. This book is a "how-to" on youth voice for young people who
want control over their own lives. Details all the issues surrounding
learning from life instead of schools, including the legal
implications, dealing with adults and learning once outside school.
The final section includes stories about what people have done with
their lives after they bail out of school.
The Abandoned Generation: Democracy Beyond the Culture of Fear
by Henry Giroux. Offers a vital and critical critique of the US
political and popular culture 's influence on the lives of young
people. In this controversial book, Giroux argues that there's a war
on in the US these days against young people.
More Than Service: Philadelphia Students Join a Union to Improve Their
Schools by What Kids Can Do. This is the story of PSU, a group of students
working citywide to promote a youth-created, youth-driven agenda for
school and community improvement.
Youth Rights Library by NYRA
by collection of research-based and opinion papers by authors around
the world on various topics included in youth rights.
Student Voices Count: A Student-Led Evaluation of High Schools in
Oakland. by REAL HARD. This is smooth. In
2003, students in Kids First Oakland's REAL HARD program conducted their own
youth voice in schools project, designing and collecting 1,000 report card
surveys evaluating teaching, counseling, school safety and facilities at three
Oakland high schools. The students compiled their findings, analyzed the
results, and made concrete recommendations to improve the schools in this
exciting, comprehensive report.