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ERIC Number: EJ1135127
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1552-9045
Youth Leadership Development through School-Based Civic Engagement Activities: A Case Study
Horstmeier, Robin Peiter; Ricketts, Kristina G.
Journal of Leadership Education, v8 n2 p238-253 Fall 2009
Leadership development through a civic engagement activity in a local FFA chapter is explored. Through a case study design, researchers illuminate a project that encouraged youth leadership development through the creation and execution of a civic engagement project in their own local community. Holistically, FFA members viewed the project as a resounding success. Leadership development was experienced at many levels--individual, chapter, and community. FFA members felt particularly engaged when seen as partners with the community. This was accomplished through developing networks and participating in the planning, decision making, and execution of the project. The primary barrier cited was a lack of engagement from all chapter members. Implications include the important role civic engagement plays in youth leadership development, employing civic engagement projects to assist in developing higher level leadership skills, and the need for further research partnerships between career and technical student organizational members and local community citizens.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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