“Leadership development equips youth with good communication, decision-making, critical-thinking and problem-solving skills,” writes Bancy Kubutha of the Kenya-based Center for Transformational Leadership (CTL).
“They learn to appreciate and accommodate diverse views and perspectives, to prevent conflict from occurring, and to manage and resolve conflict constructively when it occurs,” she continues.
Kubutha’s words are relevant to young people and emerging leaders everywhere, but the need was particularly great in Kenya’s Rift Valley following a wave of inter-ethnic violence in 2007 and 2008.
One effort to engage youth in leading their communities and addressing reform came from a joint effort with CTL and the Center for Creative Leadership. Find out how this initiative spurred a desire to make a difference, increased self-confidence and self-esteem, and opened new perspectives on leadership for more than 2,000 youth — and lessons learned that can inform youth leadership development efforts elsewhere: Youth Leadership Development for Reforms: A Case Study from Kenya.