Youth leadership is widely recognized as a positive, desired youth development outcome. This issue of Youth Developments takes a close look at one youth leadership program, Youth Engaged in Leadership and Learning (YELL), offering a look at the Gardner Center's youth leadership development that is informed by six years of research and practice. These authors identify three skill sets as a foundation for authentic youth leadership: (1) communication, (2) analytic thinking, and (3) positive involvement in the community. With YELL as the model, the authors describe ways to foster competence in each of the three areas. In addition, examples of the range of skills that youth leaders can develop within YELL are offered. This analysis of the YELL program draws on observations, interviews and surveys as well as documents written by YELL directors including program updates, annual reports funding proposals, and foundation reports.
Strobel, K., and Nelson, I. (2007). A Model for Fostering Youth Leadership: The Youth Engaged in Leadership and Learning Program (YELL). Stanford, CA: John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities.