The Freechild Project Advisory Board
About The Freechild Project>
The Freechild Project is committed to keeping our work as meaningful and deeply relevant to these times
as we possibly can. One way that we do this through our Advisory
Board. The Board is made of young people and adult allies from
around the world who guide us in the areas of information management,
fundraising, and promotion, as well as providing advice on different
Since learning about
democratic, freedom-based educational approaches as an
undergrad, Dana has dedicated his time to researching,
practicing, and advocating for education that respects
young people to significantly direct their own learning
and to be meaningfully involved in educational
decision-making. Living just outside New York City,
Dana works with a number of schools and education
non-profits, and collaborates with others locally,
nationally, and internationally to advance democratic
Mishaela has extensive experience working with youth in
non-mainstream environments. Through her past work with the Arizona
Governor's office, the Points of Light Foundation, the National
Alliance to End Homelessness, and the National Network for Youth,
Mishaela has created programs, guided federal and state policy-making,
advocated for, and worked with young people across the country. Today
is the public policy and government relations director for the
Since becoming involved in community
activities as a teen, Andrea has maintained a high level of commitment to
community change in her personal and professional life. After serving two
terms as an AmeriCorps Member with America's Promise, Andrea became the
Youth Voice Initiative manager at Youth Service America in Washington, DC.
In that position she worked with youth across the US to promote youth
involvement in a variety of community and youth development activities.
Today Andrea is a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Eastern Caribbean with the
National Youth Council of Dominica through fall 2007.
critical scholarly examination of the roles of youth in schools, the media,
and popular culture, Henry has elevated the understanding of thousands of
young people, educators, youth workers, and others around the world over the
last 30 years. Today he has more than 300 scholarly articles, 20 books, and
countless other works to his name, and is the
Global Television Network Chair in Communications at McMaster University in
Hamilton, Ontario. To
learn more about him,
originally from Michigan, moved to the DC area after attending American
University. During his senior year in high school, Alex successfully changed
the policy of several age-discriminatory stores in his hometown of Holland,
MI. Since then Alex has become actively involved in all levels of the Youth
Rights Movement. In his capacity as NYRA's Executive Director, Alex has
appeared on CNN and Fox News several times and has spoken at numerous
conferences about youth rights and NYRA.
The author of Youth: The 26% Solution,
Wendy is a nationally renowned expert in engaging young people in social
change. Her extensive history includes organizing with Cesar Chavez’s United
Farm Workers and founding the Youth Activism Project.
Heather is a long-time youth advocate who has
worked in local, state and national organizations committed to youth voice.
As a school counselor in the Oakland, California public school district,
Heather's experience helped guide the develop a new school and lead the
district to greater student success.
After participating in a variety of local youth voice
activities as a young person in Olympia, Washington, Joe graduated
with a BA in International Studies from Portland State University in
2006, studying Spanish and Portuguese to examine the intellectual
history of and social and political consequences of economic
development. In summer 2006 he completed an internship with
CommonAction, providing vital insight and leadership for The Freechild
Project. Today he is working towards his Masters in Latin American
Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.
Working with youth media programs across the
United States, Adrienne's youth advocacy has helped dozens of young people
learn, grow and take power over the popular culture images projected about
them everyday. Adrienne is currently a social worker for the State of
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