Youth leadership is a key component of the YouthBuild model for very good reason. "Young people," says Campaign for Youth, "have immense assets: they are resilient in the face of enormous challenges, navigate complex interpersonal and economic relationships, and find ways to contribute to their families and communities even when resources are limited." The Campaign,convened bythe Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP),recommends that leadership development opportunities be a part of "all reconnection strategies," and encourages youth development organizations to "build [leadership development opportunities] into program delivery."(Campaign for Youth, Our Youth, Our Economy, Our Future: A Road Map for A Stronger Talent Pipeline, November 2016, http://www.clasp.org/resources-and-publications/publication-1/Campaign-for-Youth-Road-Map-2016.pdf).
Good leadership in YouthBuild is demonstrated when young people take responsibility for ensuring a positive impact for themselves, their family, their program, their community, and the planet. As you work towards your DOL YouthBuild performance outcomes, you will also be impacting participant success. This success will cut across multiple aspects of your youths’ lives: post-secondary education, long-term career success, emotional and physical health, and financial literacy, to name a few. Leadership skills help our youth participant to help themselves. The skills gained develop persistence and resilience -- key tools that are ultimately what young people will fall back on when faced with life’s challenges. Leadership gives them the ability to feel empowered to show up every day and do their best. Through the construction component, construction staff can reinforce leadership development, supporting young people in honing these skills through application while working as a team to bring a set of blueprints to life.
Related Resources on the Community of Practice
Leadership Development, Workplace and Postsecondary Readiness Competencies
Graduate Engagement at YouthBuild
Working Hands Working Minds Curriculum: Unit 1 - Teamwork and Leadership in Construction
Click here to access the webinar recording of Building Leaders for the Building Trades. This archived webinar introduces DOL YouthBuild grantees to standard YouthBuild Leadership Development competencies and discusses how to integrate leadership development into work site activities and construction career development.