Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Leadership (MAL)



First Advisor

Thomas Morgan

Second Advisor

Steven Manderscheid

Third Advisor

Mary Wagner


This paper examines, from a community-building perspective, the importance of engaging adults in a deliberate way to deepen asset-building efforts that will benefit the lives of young people. This was done through a leadership application project focused on volunteer adult leaders who connected, equipped and inspired small groups through discussions that deepen their understanding and actions in support of young people. Areas of study include the role of community, volunteer leader attributes, and small group structures. In addition, the project included the development of a guided discussion curriculum for use by volunteer leaders. The paper includes a methodology with a timeline and concludes with a discussion about lessons learned and recommendations for the future of the pilot.


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