Youth Leadership Development: An Investment for the Future

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Association of Leadership Educators


The importance of youth leadership development in this present world cannot be overemphasized. It remains a veritable tool for preparing young people for the present as well as future roles and responsibilities. This practice manuscript presents a detailed exposition of the Teens and Youths in Leadership (TYIL) Fellowship program, a 10-day intensive training targeted at developing the leadership skills of secondary and post-secondary school students in Nigeria. Key points of information include the rationale behind the Fellowship program, why the humanist pedagogy was adopted, and how the 5Cs of positive youth development (PYD) are practiced. Over the last three years, tremendous progress has been made among those who have participated in the TYIL Fellowship program.