Adam Fletcher (speaker)

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Adam Fletcher
Born (1975-03-03) March 3, 1975 (age 48)
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Occupation(s)Writer, Speaker and Consultant

Adam Fletcher is a writer, speaker[1] and consultant focused on youth voice and student engagement, and 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. He graduated from Omaha North High School in North Omaha, Nebraska.

Since 2007, Fletcher has been the owner and lead consultant of CommonAction Consulting. Working with educators and government administrators around the world, his consultancy focuses on democratic education.[7][8] Additionally, he regularly speaks at local, state, national and international conferences across North America, in Brazil and beyond.[9][10]

Fletcher has also served as a director and advisor to several organizations including the National Youth Rights Association[11] and others,[12] and is a contributing editor to the Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies, published by Taylor and Francis.[13] He has written more than 50 publications related to education, youth work and social change.

Select bibliography[edit]

  • North Omaha History, Volume Three (2016) ISBN 978-1533361981
  • North Omaha History, Volume Two (2016) ISBN 978-1539578635
  • North Omaha History, Volume One (2016) ISBN 978-1533361981
  • Facing Adultism (2015) ISBN 978-1517641238
  • The Guide to Student Voice, 2nd edition. (2014) ISBN 0692217320
  • The Practice of Youth Engagement (2014) ISBN 1501001752
  • School Boards of the Future: A Guide to Students as Education Decision-Makers (2014) ISBN 1502983443
  • The Freechild Project Guide to Youth-Driven Programming. (2013) ISBN 1482607727
  • Suffering Love, Laughing at Myself (2013) ISBN 1492244651
  • SoundOut Student Voice Curriculum. (2007) ISBN 1483941396


  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.
  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" Archived 2008-07-06 at the Wayback Machine, The Evergreen Magazine. The Evergreen State College. Winter 2004. p 31. Retrieved November 10, 2008.
  7. ^ (2006) School Connectedness and Meaningful Student Participation Archived 2009-05-02 at the Wayback Machine, 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. Archived September 1, 2018, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Bernitz, Nate (December 20, 2014) "[ Adam Fletcher '02 Pioneers Youth Policy in Brazil]," The Evergreen Mind blog, The Evergreen State College.
  10. ^ "[ Programa Jovens Urbanos – 9ª edição São Paulo (SP)]", CENPEC. Retrieved September 12, 2017.
  11. ^ "Board of Advisors", National Youth Rights Association. Retrieved 11/10/08.. Archived January 30, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ "About Us", Partners in Prevention Education. Retrieved 3/21/09. Archived April 26, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies Archived 2007-09-30 at the Wayback Machine, Taylor and Francis. Retrieved 11/10/08.

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