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Engaging Youth in Leadership for Social and Political Change: New Directions for Student Leadership, Number 148

Michael P. Evans (Editor), Kathleen Knight Abowitz (Editor), Susan R. Komives (Series Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-119-21069-6
128 pages
November 2015, Jossey-Bass
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Youth leadership initiatives can help young people engage in democratic life, participatory governance, and social and political change. Leadership education oriented towards political and social change must continue to evolve in response to the lived experience of youth. This volume explores those new meanings through examining the theories and practices constituting the emerging ground of public leadership, including:

  • research spanning secondary and higher education programs,
  • local and international contexts,
  • school-based and out-of-school time initiatives, and
  • a broad diversity of youth.
The Jossey-Bass quarterly report series New Directions for Student Leadership explores leadership concepts and pedagogical topics of interest to high school and college leadership educators. Issues are grounded in scholarship and feature practical applications and best practices in youth and adult leadership education.
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Table of Contents

Michael P. Evans, Kathleen Knight Abowitz

1. Beyond Individual Leader Development: Cultivating Collective Capacities 5
John P. Dugan, Natasha T. Turman, Mark A. Torrez

This chapter challenges traditional forms of individual-leader development and focuses on pragmatic ways in which leadership education can better cultivate the collective capacities necessary to advance social and political change.

2. Beyond Service: Equipping Change Agents Through Community Leadership Education 17
Laurie Marks

An urban university transforms how community leadership education and civic engagement programs are designed and delivered on campus and in the community.

3. Radically Healing Black Lives: A Love Note to Justice 33
Shawn A. Ginwright

Within the radical healing framework, this chapter explores how young leaders of color are expanding conventionalmodes of civic engagement in order to assert human dignity collectively.

4. Leadership in Solidarity: Notions of Leadership Through Critical Participatory Action Research With Young People and Adults 45
Madeline Fox, Michelle Fine

The authors describe three notions on leadership from participatory action research praxis: expertise as shared, cultivating a critical lens, and relational methodologies toward building movements.

5. Summer in the City: Cultivating Political Agents in Boston Out-of-School-Time Programs 59
Felicia M. Sullivan

This chapter explores the development of youth leadership capacities in diverse out-of-school settings.

6. Educating for Global Leadership: A North–South Collaboration 73
Nicholas V. Longo, Janice McMillan

Two global education programs in higher education, one in the global North and the other in the global South, focus on developing student leadership through civic engagement.

7. International Perspectives on Youth Leadership Development Through Community Organizing 87
Rashida H. Govan, Jesica Siham Fernandez, Deana G. Lewis, Ben Kirshner

Drawing on data from an international study on youth organizing, this chapter describes four practices critical for youth leadership development: prioritizing youth voice, positive relationships, critical social analysis, and active engagement.


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Author Information

Volume Editors:
Michael P. Evans
is Associate Professor of Family, School and Community Connections at Miami University. His primary research interest is community-based approaches to educational change with an emphasis on grassroots organizing.

Kathleen Knight Abowitz is Professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership at Miami University. Her scholarship focuses on conceptions of the democracy, the public, democratic education, and leadership for public educational institutions (K–16).

Series Editor:
Susan R. Komives, Editor, is Professor Emerita from the University of Maryland, co-founder of the National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs and co-author or co-editor of a dozen books.

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