Let Them Run the Store – No decision too big, no decision too small

Below is an excerpt from an upcoming book about Neutral Zone entitled “Not your high school cafeteria” published by teens at Red Beard Press.  Available here in March. Chapter Four: Let Them Run the Store – No decision… Read More

Keeping it Real by Letting Teens Really Lead

Below is an excerpt from an upcoming book about Neutral Zone entitled “Not your high school cafeteria” published by teens at Red Beard Press.  Available here in March. Chapter 2:  For Teens By Teens: Keeping it Real by… Read More

Involving Youth in Staff Hiring, Really?

There’s a reflection exercise we like to do when introducing youth-driven spaces to adults, called “take a stand”. We read participants a number of statements from our youth-driven formative index. We then ask participants to place themselves, physically,… Read More

Social Capital and Youth Development

Five years ago I was invited by one of our Board members to use her northern Michigan home for a retreat with some of our teens. Kylah, one of the teens on the outing was an 11th grade… Read More

Teens Should Be Seen & Heard

Below is an excerpt from an upcoming book about Neutral Zone entitled “Not your high school cafeteria” published by teens at Red Beard Press.  Available here in March. Chapter 3: Teens Should Be Seen and Heard It might… Read More

Why be Youth-Driven?

Simon Sinek, author and TED speaker encourages people to start with the “Why” – i.e. the purpose, cause, or belief that inspires them to do what they do, before getting to the “how” or “what”.   So why… Read More

YDS in the News!

Check out YDS in the News! Youth Today, July 2014. Youth Today article on YDS MASA Leader (Michigan Association of School Administrators) “Engaging Students in Meaningful Roles to Support School Reform” –  Winter 2014.   MASA Article on YDS in… Read More