Experiences and Expressions of Power: Empowerment in a Youth Leadership Program

Experiences and Expressions of Power: Empowerment in a Youth Leadership Program

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This dissertation explores a youth leadership development program for Black adolescents. The program selected for this study meets the following criteria: serves Black high school students, operates year around, has been in operation for more than three years, and incorporates youth leadership and empowerment in program goals and objectives. The purpose of this study is to analyze the perceptions of power in terms of the experiences of participants in a youth development program that explicitly states that its purpose or mission is to empower youth leaders. The following research questions are addressed: How do participants talk about leadership, power and empowerment within this youth leadership development program? What is the process by which a participant becomes an empowered youth leader within this program? The following data was collected for this study: transcribed audiotapes of focus group meetings and individual interviews with two program staff members and seven Youth Council members; programmatic documents (curriculum, goals, objectives, brochure, information packets, websites, etc.), and field notes of participant observation. The data was analyzed using methods of ethnography to develop grounded theory by means of constant comparison of evidence and data triangulation. The result is a case study developed by means of framing, testing, and revising themes and assertions derived from an analysis of the multiple data sources. The study is conceptually framed using the sociopolitical development theory and theories on youth leadership and empowerment. The findings suggest that Leaders in Action participants talk about leadership in the context of their situated learning experiences with positional, relational, and transformational leadership. The process to becoming an empowered youth leader within the Leaders in Action program involves applying the knowledge, skills, and social networks gained from the sociopolitical leadership development process to transformational leadership roles within the family, home, school, community, etc.The projects they created were also multi- faceted, pulling on the various leadership strengths of group members. ... several of the eleven venture projects presented during the team competition: Project Team Competition Presentations Groupanbsp;...

Title:Experiences and Expressions of Power: Empowerment in a Youth Leadership Program
Author:Traymanesha Chante Moore
Publisher:ProQuest - 2008


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