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Youth Voice Archive

Sharing Power: Learning to Embrace Humility as an Adult in Youth-Led Spaces

Written by Hannah Howard | Evaluation Manager & Staff Advisor to the National Youth Advisory Cabinet | Camp Fire National Headquarters What does “youth voice” mean to you? When young people apply to be a part of Camp Fire National’s… Read More >

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“Prepare us for the future we are forced to prepare for.” – A reflection on the transformational power of youth leadership

Hannah Howard Evaluations Manager, Camp Fire Hannah recently attended a Youth Voice initiative in Chicago focused on listening to young people about their ideas, wants, and needs for afterschool programs. She was incredibly moved by what they had to say… Read More >

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Using “Pulse Checks” to Empower Young People

Want to make sure the young people in your life are heard, supported and empowered? It may be time for a Pulse Check. This Camp Fire tool was developed for our own programs, but you can put its principles to… Read More >

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How Camp Fire Staff Build Youth-Driven Programs

Camp Fire is both for young people and created by young people. This isn’t just aspirational: Our commitment to youth voice is carried out in very practical ways by thousands of Camp Fire staff at the program level.  Here are… Read More >

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Becoming Who We Want to Be

The past year’s challenges forced all of us to take a hard look at who we are and who we want to become.  As Camp Fire’s CEO, Greg Zweber, outlined in his end-of-year letter, we did some very important work… Read More >

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Young people want to shape the world – now

A recent survey by the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement (CIRCLE) found “83 percent [of youth ages 18-24] say they believe young people have the power to change the country.”  That’s exactly what we want… Read More >

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Camp Fire Teen’s Coloring Book Company Goes Viral

  You might have seen Camp Fire teen Ella Matlock recently in Real Simple. Or maybe it was Good Morning America, CNN, The Washington Post, Parents, or E! Online.  As co-founder of the Be The Change Coloring Co., Ella has… Read More >

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Five Ways You Can Promote Youth Voice

If you work with or support positive youth development organizations, you’ve probably heard the phrase “youth voice” before. If you’re new to Camp Fire or the PYD movement, you could be wondering what the shorthand means…besides the obvious. You’re right… Read More >

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Teens Lead at Camp Fire

Camp Fire is founded on the belief that young people want to shape the world. Camp Fire doesn’t just sponsor programs for young people. It’s a platform for young people to create their own programs and engage with their communities,… Read More >

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