Adam Fletcher (activist)

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Adam Fletcher
Born (1975-03-03) March 3, 1975 (age 43)
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Occupation Director, The Freechild Project

Adam Fletcher is an advocate, author, motivational speaker,[1] and educator focused on youth voice and student engagement, recognized for founding The Freechild Project.[2] His work centers on youth studies, critical thinking and the development of democratic society, and has been acknowledged as "perhaps the best spokesman for the philosophical basis of community youth development".[3] Action for Healthy Kids named him a "Healthy Schools Hero" in 2010.[4]

Fletcher was a youth worker in several nonprofit organizations and in government agencies for more than a decade.[5] He completed his undergraduate degree in critical pedagogy and youth studies at The Evergreen State College,[6] and conducted graduate studies at the University of Washington in educational leadership and policy studies.

For the last decade Fletcher has worked with educators, youth workers and government administrators around the world on democratizing educational practice and policy in schools and youth programs.[7][8] He also serves as a director and advisor to several organizations including the National Youth Rights Association[9] and others,[10] and is a contributing editor to the Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies, published by Taylor and Francis.[11] He has written more than 50 publications related to youth work, school reform, and social change.

Selected works

  • Fletcher, A. (2013) Ending Discrimination Against Young People. Olympia, WA: CommonAction Books.
  • Fletcher, A. (2013) The Guide to Student Voice. Olympia, WA: CommonAction Books.
  • Fletcher, A. (2013) The Freechild Project Guide to Youth-Driven Programming. Olympia, WA: CommonAction Books.
  • Fletcher, A. (2009) Call to Action Toolkit. Chicago, IL: National PTA.
  • Fletcher, A. "The Architecture of Ownership", Educational Leadership. 66, 3. November 2008. Retrieved 11/10/2008.
  • Fletcher, A. (2008) "Students as Partners in Learning: Adam Fletcher Talks about Meaningful Student Involvement", Leadership Information. Volume 7 Number 4. School Information and Research Service.
  • Fletcher, A. (2007) SoundOut Student Voice Curriculum. Olympia, WA: CommonAction Books.
  • With Sazama, J. and Young, K. (2007) 15 Points to Successfully Involving Youth on Boards. Boston, MA: Youth On Board.
  • Fletcher, A. (2006) Washington Youth Voice Handbook. Olympia, WA: CommonAction Books and Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.
  • Fletcher, A. (2004) "The Youth Voice Movement: A Lost Dream of Yesterday or a Bold Vision for Tomorrow?" in The Generator: Journal of Service-Learning and Youth Leadership.
  • Fletcher, A. (2004) "Meaningful Student Involvement," in School Culture: An Introduction. Gates Foundation Small Schools Project.


  1. "Imagine Miami: Adam Fletcher". Human Services Coalition of Miami and Dade Counties. Retrieved 1/31/11. Archived January 31, 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  2. Giroux, H. and Searls Giroux, S. (2004) Take Back Higher Education: Race, Youth, and the Crisis of Democracy in the Post-Civil Rights Era. New York: Palgrave MacMillan. p. 115.
  3. Swier, Rich (2010-11-27). "Community Youth Development - Sounds good but is it?". Red County. Green Faucet. Archived from the original on 2010-11-28.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Local Children’s Health Crusader Receives National Honor: Olympia’s Adam Fletcher Recognized for Commitment to Healthy Kid". Action for Healthy Kids. October 4, 2010. Retrieved January 22, 2011.
  5. Lange-Kubick, C. (1998) "Adam's actions dispel Generation Xer myth," Lincoln Journal-Star. April 5, 1998.
  6. "Alumni Matters", The Evergreen Magazine. The Evergreen State College. Winter 2004. p 31. Retrieved November 10, 2008.
  7. (2006) School Connectedness and Meaningful Student Participation, US Department of Education. Retrieved November 10, 2008.
  8. "Seminário internacional debate legalidade e estatuto da juventude", Projeto Juventude and Instituto Cidadania. Retrieved November 10, 2008.[dead link]
  9. "Board of Advisors", National Youth Rights Association. Retrieved 11/10/08.. Archived January 30, 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  10. "About Us", Partners in Prevention Education. Retrieved 3/21/09. Archived April 26, 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  11. Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies, Taylor and Francis. Retrieved 11/10/08.

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