Biographies

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About Wendy Lesko

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While the rhetoric promoting youth participation is not new, few researchers and institutions have mined the intergenerational partnership model illustrated by Wendy Lesko.

– Prof. Anthony Bernier, Editor, Transforming Young Adult Services

I was 15 but Wendy spoke to me—not even like I was an adult, because she didn’t think I needed to be an adult—to be taken seriously. She spoke to me as if I was her equal even though I was a teenager.

-Lulit Shewan, Community Relations Manager, Youth Activism Project

Wendy Lesko, co-author of Youth! The 26% Solution, United Way of America’s Youth as Equal Partners, and other books, has given hundreds of presentations from TEDxYouth@Columbia to the US State Department International Visitors Leadership Program. Her experience as a community organizer with Cesar Chavez’s United Farmworkers Union and a reporter covering the US Congress contributes to her effectiveness as an advocate for authentic youth civic leadership. She is co-founder of the Youth Activism Project and partnered with teens on more than a dozen campaigns that led to the passage of local ordinances, state legislation and other public policies. Wendy is the recipient of 2019 Dr. Gary M. Blau Rockstar Professional of the Year by Youth MOVE National

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About Adam F.C. Fletcher

“Adam Fletcher’s work is especially relevant in getting young people to participate in the realms of politics and critical education.”

– Henry Giroux, The Paulo Freire Distinguished Scholar in Critical Pedagogy at McMaster University

Adam Fletcher, CEO of Youth and Educators Succeeding and also co-founder of Freechild Institute based in Olympia, Washington. He is an international thought leader who has consulted more than 300 organizations, including the CENPEC in São Paulo, Brazil; Community Organisers in London, UK; the CDC in Atlanta, Georgia; and many others. His books include Student Voice Revolution: The Meaningful Student Involvement Handbook (2017), as well as recent chapters in Empowering Our Students for the Future (2019, Rowman & Littlefield) and A Handbook for Student Engagement in Higher Education (2020, Routledge). Adam grew up in a low-income family in a depressed community but adult allies helped him overcome generational PTSD and he was only child to graduate from college.

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Speaker’s Bureau

Our Speaker’s Bureau includes teens and young adults from across the country who are working in different positions with adult-run organizations. These Gen Zers teach us so much and together, we all can learn together.

  • Our Youth Infusion workshops and consulting services include experts who can offer solid advice on a breadth of issues from how adults interact with young people to recruitment strategies to increase diversity at your organization.
  • If you are looking for a panelist or keynote speaker to spell out the Do’s and Don’ts for intergenerational collaboration, let us help. As you would expect, all these Gen Z experts will be compensated, including their preparation time.

Youth-adult partnerships is the answer. There is so much growth and creativity and adults value this experience.” – Evelyn Monje, 12th grader and part-time employee, UP for Learning

Coming soon! Profiles of some Speaker’s Bureau members.

We can strategize together build truly multi-racial and intergenerational organizations.