There is not much research exploring leadership development and civic participation among youth, and even less among young women. Policymakers and others seeking to better serve youth in pursuit of a “kinder, braver world” should take into account the research that does exist. This research indicates that youth who engage in service to their communities learn leadership skills through civic action and may be more likely to vote and be civically engaged as adults. Youth who demonstrate leadership skills can, and should, be considered current assets to their communities.
Rorem, A. & M. Bajaj. (2012). “Cultivating Young Women's Leadership for a Kinder, Braver World.” Kinder & Braver World Project: Research Series. Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/node/8094