Are you considering developing or supporting a leadership program for youth? Forge full steam ahead because there’s nothing to lose and everything to gain. Leadership training maximizes the potential, productivity, and results of youth. It’s a win-win!
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.” Likewise, sowing a solid leadership training program into the lives of teenagers reaps a harvest of leaders for life. You’ll offer youth the opportunity to gain these five benefits from one powerful seed.
1. Youth develop key skills.
Youth develop skills in communications, critical thinking, leadership, problem solving, and human relations. Leaders need these skills to be effective in their roles. At the same time, youth learn about character, values, and ethics. Where would any leader be without them?
2. Youth build confidence.
Leadership training inspires teenagers to dream more, to do more, and to become more. Everything begins with confidence and a good leadership training program helps each young person discover that he or she has the potential to lead. This potential gets nurtured through learning activities, special projects, internships, and community service.
Think about it. Who does not want to be thought of as a leader? That’s why the best leadership training programs are inclusive. They include the average and often overlooked, not just straight A students.
3. Youth receive current, cutting edge techniques, strategies and solutions.
Youth receive current information on leadership challenges, the traits of leaders, what it takes to lead, motivating others, how to resolve conflict, dealing with difficult people, effective presentation skills, etiquette, practical money skills and more.
4. Youth gain experience through service learning projects.
According to Donald H. McGannon, “Leadership is action, not position.” Hence, service learning projects provide action and valuable experience. Youth explore real issues as they work with leaders in the nonprofit sector, business, and government. At the same time they build relationships with mentors who serve as positive role models.
5. Youth get positive results.
“If you don’t know where you’re going any road will get you there…if you don’t know where you’re going no road will get you there. A solid youth leadership program sets teenagers on the right path – one paved with opportunity. It positions youth for ongoing positive results. Skills are developed, information is imparted, and experience is gained.