Excellent programs must be based on clearly articulated values and a philosophy which reflects those values. This model is based on valuing and promoting growth and learning, collaboration, inclusivity, diversity, openness, creativity, flexibility, innovation, and harmony. It also uses a systems approach which defines leadership as a complex system involving the skills, abilities, and knowledge of the leader”, the skills, abilities, and knowledge of the followers“ and the context in which all interact. This means that each member of a group has both the potential and responsibility to be a leader“ contributing her/his unique skills, perspectives, and ideas to make the group effective.
The model is also based on several assumptions. The first is that leadership development is important because it provides members of a group with the skills, knowledge and abilities they need to more effectively work together to deal with issues facing a community or group, and that the more skilled the members of the group are, the more likely the group will be to develop creative and successful solutions to difficult issues.
Broad-based community involvement is essential to a community leadership development program. This youth leadership program should be guided by a committee consisting of representatives of human service agencies, education, religious institutions, business, ethnic/cultural groups in the community, and other groups which have an interest in youth development. Involvement of a broad base of community members in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the program should ensure that 1) the program will be relevant to the community‘s needs; 2) the program will address the culturally diverse values and perspectives of the community; 3) the program will be supported by a large segment of the community; 4) community members will become more aware of youth issues and supportive of youth in the community; and 5) community members will increase their own community leadership development through their participation in the program. In this way, the program impacts not only the youth who are program participants but also community members who work with youth.
Knowledge of Issues. Youth would list issues facing the community which they found important. Emphasis would be placed on examining all sides of an issue and on examining the implications of differing cultural values on the issue. Methodologies might include debates or point/counterpoint discussions by community members involved with issues or debates in which teams of youth present all sides of an issue. Youth would thus learn not only about specific issues, but also about a process to use in examining any issue.
It is necessary to ensure participation of the common youth in the areas of economic, political, social and cultural development. Youth leadership can be established by bringing about economic and social transformation through youth’s participation, collaboration and leadership. In a country like Nepal having level wise structures and diversities, it is necessary to promote the culture of youth’s participation and collaboration. In order to push forward Nepal on the multi dimensional world stage emerging in the 20th century, active international participation and collaboration of the young generation is essential. It lays emphasis on youth’s participation and collaboration through democratic values, norms and procedures. Therefore, it appeals to those who are interested can get involved.
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Excellent programs must be based on clearly articulated values and a philosophy which reflects those values. This model is based on valuing and promoting growth and learning, collaboration, inclusivity, diversity, openness, creativity, flexibility, innovation, and harmony. It also uses a systems approach which defines leadership as a complex system involving the skills, abilities, and knowledge of the leader”, the skills, abilities, and knowledge of the followers“ and the context in which all interact. The potential and responsibility to be a leader.
One of the major psychological issues for adolescents is developing a better understanding of themselves. This means that the component of self awareness is crucial to a youth leadership development program. Youth would be given time to reflect on their own values, talents, and skills and ways in which they could best use their abilities to provide service for others. Attempts would also be made to place individual values & goals into a cultural context to assist youth in better understanding the impact of their cultures on their own values & plans.