The mission of The Freechild Project
is to advocate, inform, and celebrate social change led by
and with young people around the world, especially those who
have been historically denied the right to participate. We do
this by facilitating training and workshops, and through our
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Founder and Director
The Freechild Project
vision is of a society
where every young person is engaged in powerful, purposeful,
and positive social change.
Our goals include:
Engaging every young
person in critical democratic action centered on growing
community, culture, and society.
Promoting the evolution of
society's perspectives of youth, moving every young
people from passive actors in society towards becoming
engaged leaders throughout their entire lives.
Improving the recognition
of community problems while diminishing the belief that
there are "youth problems," per se.
Increasing the adult
awareness about diversity among children and youth.
Advocating every young
person seeing themselves as part of a society,
communities, movements, and other things larger than
perspectives about youth work and schooling, moving them
from peripheral and "feel good" to central and
Engaging and supporting
young people and adult allies to critically examine
their work and our society.
We believe it is
completely unethical to exclude young people from participating
in the actions that affect them most. We facilitate action
and learning dedicated to opposing
social hierarchies, and other forms of oppression. We draw
inspiration from the
critical pedagogy of
Martin Luther King, Jr.,
Counts, bell hooks,
Henry Giroux, and other philosophers, theorists and activists, and
we support anyone who works for freedom and against oppression.
Learn more about our
Theory of Change;
interact with our
Measure of Social Change;
and explore our
of Authentic Youth Engagement.
Freechild is a project of
CommonAction Consulting, a consulting group located in Olympia,
Washington, USA. Learn more about
The Freechild Project was
founded and is directed by Adam Fletcher, who works together
with allies from across the USA and around the world to
maintain its content. Learn about our
and find out more about the
Citations, and Recognition we've received.
In addition to this website,
The Freechild Project offers
consultation to individuals and organizations interested
in sharing our goals.
This website was designed and
is maintained by
Adam Fletcher. The original Freechild logo was created in 2002
by Colin Ahrens, a high school student in Olympia, with the
current version by Doug Smith in 2007. Photos throughout the
website were taken by Freechild staff or are used with
permission. Some graphics were created by
We welcome questions from young people, media
inquiries, and information requests from youth-serving
organizations and advocates around the world. Please
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