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leadership skills, skill development, adolescents

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ExEx 15014


The future of America is entrusted to today’s youth. A promising future is only possible if our young people “learn to be leaders.” Youth need to become engaged in civic affairs and community, state, and national issues. But how are our youth preparing for leadership roles in the future? And how are we helping them prepare? Cynicism and voter apathy among the 18 to 25-year-old demographic group are indicators that adults need to give more attention to the development of leadership in young people. Many people who study leadership believe that leaders are made, not born, indicating that parents and educators have an important role to play in helping youth learn and develop leadership skills.