1st Edition

Youth, Education and Wellbeing in the Americas

Edited By Kate Tilleczek, Deborah MacDonald Copyright 2023
    232 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    232 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book explores ways in which education supports or negates the wellbeing and rights of young people in or from the Americas. It shows how young people diagnose problems and propose important new directions for education. A collective chronicle from researchers working alongside young people in Chile, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, and the Caribbean and Latin American diaspora in Canada, the authors embrace the work in terms of justice: intergenerational, racial, cultural and ecological with/by/for various groups of young people.

    This book delves into the wide gap between the expressed rights of young people in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the ways in which education operates. In so doing, it examines the entrenched colonial legacies which persist, including systemic racism, flabby curriculum, hyper-surveillance and broken promises for care and human relationships needed to support youth. The resourceful young people shown here – who identify as Latin American, Black, Indigenous and/or diasporic – are diagnosing and negotiating these injustices in revolutionary moves for education. Teachers, parents, communities and youth themselves could learn from these critical, transformative and anticolonial youthful pedagogies for being with education.

    This book will appeal to scholars, students, policymakers and practitioners in the areas of youth studies, education, social justice, sociology, human rights, wellbeing and social work.

    Henry Parada

    1. The crucible of education with/by/for youth in the Americas
    Kate Tilleczek

    2. Youth and the right to education in the Dominican Republic
    Sara Guilamo Jimenez and Ana Luisa Reyes

    3. The right to education and wellbeing for youth in Guatemala
    Belia Aydée Villeda Erazo

    4. Youth, education & wellbeing in Honduras: A sociological analysis
    María Victoria Ponce Mendoza and Anna Sarony Barahona Rivera

    5. Formal education and lived experiences of boys on the margins in Trinidad and Tobago: insights from Institutional Ethnography
    Godfrey St. Bernard, Shivana Chankar and Safia King

    6. Examining the educational rights of Black Caribbean diasporic youth in Toronto, Canada
    Giselle Thompson and Tka Pinnock

    7. Black youth disengaging from Ontario’s educational system: Grounded Theory of their educational experiences
    Travonne Edwards and Henry Parada

    8. Latin American youth and belonging at school in Ontario, Canada
    Veronica Escobar Olivo, Henry Parada and Fabiola Limón Bravo

    9. Wekimün School: Education with/by/for Indigenous youth and communities in Chile
    Pablo Aránguiz Mesias, Kate Tilleczek and Deborah MacDonald

    10. Youthful pedagogies for just transitions to wellbeing with/in complex worlds
    Pablo Aránguiz Mesias, Kate Tilleczek and Deborah MacDonald

    11. Youth as educational revolutionaries: dispatches with/in the Americas
    Kate Tilleczek


    Kate C. Tilleczek is a grandmother, educator, and Canada Research Chair in Youth, Education &  Global Good at York University. She is full professor and director of the Young Lives Research Laboratory, which she founded in 2009 as a unique intergenerational space within and beyond the university to understand, investigate, support and amplify work with/by/for young people and their various communities as they navigate new challenges to their education and wellbeing (such as intersecting systemic injustices, problems of digital technology and ecological degradation). Her newest project, Partnership for Youth and Planetary Wellbeing, builds upon lessons learned in this book as well as previous projects and writings.

    Deborah MacDonald is a new mother and the senior research associate and manager of Dr. Kate C. Tilleczek’s Young Lives Research Lab at York University, where she supports Professor Tilleczek’s vast body of work and partnerships all around the world. Investigating and learning with and from youth and their communities, she explores interrelated aspects of education, wellbeing, digital technology and planetary health with/by/for young people.