Guideposts for Success: Youth Development & Leadership

Youth Development & Leadership

In order to control and direct their own lives based on informed decisions, all youth need:

  • Mentoring activities designed to establish strong relationships with adults through formal and informal settings;
  • Peer-to-peer mentoring opportunities;
  • Exposure to role models in a variety of contexts;
  • Training in skills such as self-advocacy and conflict resolution;
  • Exposure to personal leadership and youth development activities, including community service; and,
  • Opportunities that allow youth to exercise leadership and build self-esteem.

Youth with disabilities also need:

  • Mentors and role models including persons with and without disabilities; and,
  • An understanding of disability history, culture, and disability public policy issues as well as their rights and responsibilities.

Read the other Guideposts:

School-Based Preparatory Experiences

Career Preparation & Work-Based Learning Experiences

Connecting Activities

Family Involvement & Supports

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Related Resources:

Youth Development & Leadership Overview

Youth Development & Leadership Jump Start

Youth Development & Leadership: A Background Paper

Blazing the Trail: A New Direction for Youth Development & Youth Leadership

Blazing the Trail: A New Direction for Youth Development & Leadership - A Youth Call-to-Action

Info Brief: Youth Development & Leadership in Programs

Paving the Way to Work: A Guide to Career-Focused Mentoring

Disability Disclosure (various publications)

Disability History (Coming Soon!)

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