They aren’t broken… 7 rules for adult allies of youth development

From Adam Fletcher: 7 Rules for Adult Allies

  • If you don’t experience discomfort every time you’re listening to Youth Voice, you aren’t listening right.
  • If you can’t stay engaged enough to simply sit and listen to young people talk, you aren’t being an adult ally.
  • If you can’t speak your truth to young people you aren’t in a youth/adult partnership.
  • If you can’t expect and accept not having closure when young people share their voices you aren’t being an adult ally.
  • Listening to Youth Voice means listening for understanding, rather than to support your own conclusions.
  • If you’re an adult ally to young people you’ll engage, support, and challenge them, and not try to fix them. They aren’t broken.
  • If you aren’t taking risks you aren’t being an adult ally.

More resources for adults working to empower youth at Common Action Consulting.


Originally published at Sylvia Libow Martinez.

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