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1. Mortensen, Jennifer., Lichty, Lauren. and Foster-fishman, Pennie. "Youth Perceptions of Leadership: Comparing Youth and Adult Ideas of Leadership to Inform Future Youth Development Programs" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the SCRA Biennial Meeting, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, <Not Available>. 2019-11-20 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: Little research exists on how youth define leadership and how these definitions compare to traditional adult views of leadership. Many youth leadership programs are developed using adult theories of leadership, which often emphasize power and authority. Adults wield much more power and authority than youth, and without that power and authority, youth must construct a different definition of leadership for their current role in society.

Without understanding how youth define leadership, we cannot create programs that effectively meet their needs. In this project, we used Photovoice to ask youth what leadership looks like. Five ideas emerged in the youths' narratives: leadership is available to anyone in any context; and involves creating change, collective action, modeling and mentoring, and strong character. This presentation will compare how youth involved in the WV NYLI project defined leadership as compared to existing adult leadership theories in an effort to advance our understanding of leadership through a youth lens.

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