What is most rewarding and challenging aspect of being a youth leader in communities and schools.What is most rewarding and challenging aspect of being a youth leader in communities and schools.

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Being a youth leaded is challenging because organizing young people is always a complicated job. Being young yourself is both an advantage and a disadvantage. You can relate more easily to the other youth, but they may not respect you because of your age.
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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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There are many potential benefits in being a youth leader in collective settings.  I would say that one particular advantage is the idea of being able to uphold civic virtue.  Those students in the position of leadership are able to give back to their community in a selfless manner.  At the same time, those in the position of student leadership are able to provide a voice to others.  I think that a really rewarding and powerful reality of student leadership is that there is some level of advocacy for the rights of students and their need.  I think that it is something powerful to be able to reach out to students who might be maligned by the system and be able to articulate their needs to those in the position of power.  I would consider this a very rewarding and challenging aspect of youth leadership in collective settings.

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