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Research exists on the participation of youth in various types of youth leadership development programs. However, the problem is a lack of understanding of the perception of participants’ pre- and postparticipation on their development of leadership life skills. The purpose of this quantitative, causal-comparative study was to determine how youth leadership development program participants perceive themselves in the area of leadership life skills development pre- and postparticipation in a youth leadership development program. In this study, specific consideration was given to the difference in gender and ethnic minority affiliation reporting scores. The independent variables in this study were participation in youth leadership development programs (i.e., yes or no), gender, and ethnic minority affiliation. The outcome measure in the study was self-reported student leadership life skills attribute scores. Students from the study site completed the survey associated with the data collection tool. After analyzing the responses, 123 of those responses met the criteria to be included in the study. The students surveyed in this study reported gains in how they perceived their leadership life skills development pre- and postparticipation in a youth leadership development program. There was also a gain in the perception of leadership life skills development in gender and ethnic minority affiliation reporting scores.
Keywords: leadership, youth leadership development program, leadership life skills
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Pruner, Courtney A., "Youth Leadership Development Programs: Participants’ Pre- and Post-perceptions of Leadership Life Skills Development" (2021). Digital Commons @ ACU, Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 427.