ERIC Number: ED212450
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Oct-10
Reference Count: N/A
An Evaluation Report of the National Leadership Conference (Camp Miniwanca, Michigan, July 22-August 1, 1981).
The 10-day 1981 National Leadership Conference (NLC) sponsored by the American Youth Foundation was held at Camp Miniwanca (Michigan) for 182 urban high school students selected for leadership ability or potential and other specific criteria established by each student's home city. Students participated in seminars, skills explorations, pursuit-of-excellence experiences, and synthesis activities. There were some 44 resource and staff and 10 service staff persons and 21 teacher/advisors present. Evaluation information was gathered from observations, participation, interviews, questionnaires, group discussions, and a battery of pre and post tests which were an exact duplicate of the battery administered in 1980. The tests covered personal and group efficacy, social and personal responsibility, self-esteem, authoritarian-democratic conceptions of leadership, and student attitudes and inclinations toward being active in their community. Pre-post gains were more positive in 1981 than 1980. Student participants and resource staff members gave high ratings to the experience. Specific recommendations for maintaining certain elements in the NLC and the possibility of altering others were made. Some changes made in the program were based on recommendations made in 1980 and some were not. Appendices contain an outline of the formal program and tests and questionnaires used. (CM)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Youth Foundation, St. Louis, MO.