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Youth leadership: an annotated bibliography


Youth leadership: an annotated bibliography

This annotated bibliography seeks to update the knowledge base on youth leadership by highlighting relevant recent additions to the literature on this important topic.

The report covers the key areas of discussion and contention, including attention to future theory and practice. The research included here tended to cohere around 6 key thematic categories. These included:

  1. Theories and frameworks of youth leadership development programmes
  2. Formal (school or university-based) youth leadership development programmes
  3. Youth leadership and political inclusion
  4. Youth-led approaches to programmes and/or evaluation
  5. Gendered analyses of youth leadership: focus on young women and girls
  6. Other publishing relevant to youth leadership research.

Reflecting on work already completed and theorising about future implications, the authors highlighted here consider how, why, and how successfully youth leadership initiatives have been deployed.

Young people critical for positive change

While there is diversity among the views and findings presented, the scholars featured tend to agree that young people are important as current and future political actors who can play critical roles in leading for sustainable, positive social change.

While young people, especially those under 18 years old, may often be excluded from a number of formal political leadership roles, such as running for office for example, the studies presented here make a case for understanding youth leadership as an ever-evolving concept that can include a variety of activities and roles played by a diverse range of young people around the world.

While some of the reports presented will be more relevant to certain initiatives than others, taken together they help advance the evidence base for designing, implementing, and evaluating youth leadership efforts to enhance their effectiveness.

The full report is available to download along with a summary report.