- Community center
- Friends' homes
- Playground/basketball court
- Afterschool programs
- Extended family homes
- Childcare provider
- Farmer's market - see the comment section!
All that said, the questions surface:
- Why do we need every young person to feel deeply connected throughout their communities? Who is "we"?
- How do we know that young people do not already feel deeply connected to their communities?
I truly believe- and I know many others who do, too- that young people are truly the answer to these problems. And I'm not talking about simply handing any kid you see the keys to the car and inviting them to drive, either. I'm talking about a rapid, intentional, authentic, responsive, and authoritative commitment to connecting young people to their communities.
Speaking about social change Robert Kennedy once said,
We need the qualities of youth - including their literal selves - in order to move us from the morose crappiness of these days to the hopefully bright light of tomorrow (read that book!). Next time on the Freechild Blog I will talk about how to move from weak connections to deep connections. Stay tuned.
"This world demands the qualities of youth: not a time of life but a state of mind, a temper of the will, a quality of imagination, a predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite for adventure over the love of ease."