High school students learn from experienced leaders

4-H Forum

Adolescents in the 21st century need to develop career and life skills such as strategic thinking, responsibility and initiative to help navigate complex and unstructured real-world situations. Organized programs for high school-aged youths, such as 4-H and other community programs, help young people learn these skills by getting them involved in large individual or group projects that require them to set goals, plan and deal with real-world challenges.

Researchers in Illinois studied the challenges and dilemmas leaders encounter and the strategies experienced leaders used to address these dilemmas. The aim was to generate knowledge to help new program leaders better support youths’ learning processes. This study examined data collected from a larger research project focused on positive youth development among high-school-aged youths.

Findings indicated significant leadership factors include cognition, trust, use of authority and cultural sensitivity.