leadership training

Leadership training is the practice of teaching, imparting knowledge, and providing instruction in leadership skills to community members to empower them to more effectively participate in and to organize and lead community activities.  Leadership training can be directed towards any demographic of people, but is especially successful and benificial for communities when directed on youth and children.  Because youth and children in many ways hold the future for any given community, it is important that each community train their young communtiy members to be active leaders.  


"In order for youth to be prepared to work in partnership with adults, they need to develop and/or enhance their leadership skills.  Leadership training prepares youth to manage time, work as a team, set goals, start conversations, facilitate meetings, and make effective presentations.  Promoting youth leadership development is a great way to promote positive life skills learning.

To fully participate with adults, youth also need to be informed about the adult perspective of the problem, challenge or issue being discussed: the jargon that adults use to describe their work; and strategies for approaching the work.  In other words, we need to be sure the field is level for all of the players."

-National Resource Center for Youth Development

One way that the Boys and Girls Club of Goshen offers opportunities for leadership development among youth is to offer the chance to be a part of the Keystone Club.  This program allows students to participate in communtiy service on an organizational and on participation levels, weekly meetings, and evenually a national confrence.