In Focus/Developing Young Leaders: Program Helps Teens Tap Leadership Capacity

Jeni Powell and Lisa Rhyne

What sorts of leadership questions and issues are on the minds of young people today? A look at some of the topics that high school students raise during a weeklong youth leadership development program offered annually in Greensboro provides a partial answer:

I'm a high school junior and will be the swim team captain next year for a team of mostly seniors; how do I lead them while being “junior” to them?

How can I work with my community to create a safe and fun recreational venue for me and my peers?

The serious situation in [the Darfur region of western Sudan] really concerns me and I want to do something to help. What can I do, and who ...

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