Department of Educational Administration


Date of this Version



Journal of Ethical Educational Leadership ISSN 2377-4975

Special Issue 1: Student Voice and School Leadership , March 2018


© 2014 Journal of Ethical Educational Leadership


Outmigration, economic restructuring, and other challenges require rural communities to adapt. Area-based initiatives, such as cradle-to-career networks, have been seen as a means for increasing community resiliency through the simultaneous creation of social capital and civic and economic redevelopment. Community resiliency is often seen as a single-generation issue; however, developing youth’s voices provides simultaneous positive youth development and community civic development that can support community resiliency. This qualitative case study examines how youth voice opportunities were used in a rural cradle-to-career network to build towards future research on the role of youth voice in area-based initiatives and community resiliency.