Advancing Leaderly Capacities

Grow Dat
A young person works at Grow Dat Youth Farm.

In my last blog, I discussed the cultivation of ecosystems for youth development. I highlighted the importance of interconnected change mechanisms, the role of feedback loops, and how change mechanisms can work together to foster capabilities in young people.

Today’s post outlines the capabilities advanced in this ecosystem, and expands on the evidence related to how positive changes occurred in participants. I left off describing a concept that I call “leaderliness”. The concept is derived from evidence in my research at Grow Dat Youth Farm (GDYF), where youth work and learn leadership skills through the meaningful work of growing food on an urban farm.

Read more from SISE Instructor and Research Fellows Joshua Schoop at Youth Economic Opportunities.