Date of this Version
Published in New Directions for Student Leadership, no. 150, Summer 2016, pp. 85–96. doi:10.1002/yd
Grounded in a youth leadership and mentoring program, this chapter discusses the value of asset-based community development from the service-learning literature and the concept of generativity from the leadership development literature.
College students are frequently engaged in the community through local mentoring programs, as mentoring youth has become an increasingly popular service-learning pedagogical strategy among many higher-education institutions (Schmidt, Marks, & Derrico, 2004; Wells & Grabert, 2004). While many mentoring programs are designed to build resiliency in at-risk youth, mentoring has been identified as an effective practice in leadership development (Day, 2000; Dziczkowski, 2013).
This chapter will discuss the value of asset-based community development from the service-learning literature and the concept of generativity from the leadership development literature. It will then explore the literature on mentoring as a form of community engagement that has particular potential for leadership development. Finally, a mentoring program for youth leadership will be described to elucidate how strengths-based leadership mentoring effectively intersects all of these concepts. The chapter will conclude with a set of recommendations for facilitating leadership development for college students and K–12 students through a community-based mentoring program.