Youth leadership programs for community development and social action: A pedagogical approach

Christine Buzinde, Behrang Foroughi, Josephine Godwyll

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This conceptual paper explores pedagogical interventions that can be applied to social change centered youth leadership programs. It specifically focuses on two interventions, Image Theatre and autonomy promotion; the former is a pedagogical tool while the latter is a pedagogical approach. These interventions are vital for social change centered youth leadership programs because they allow facilitators to account for participants' sense of agency and determination while concurrently engaging them in critical social analyses necessary for the advancement of community development and well-being. This paper presents a description of Image Theatre and autonomy support as well as a discussion of how facilitators can apply these interventions to youth leadership programs. The theoretical tenets that inform the aforementioned pedagogical interventions, theory of self-determination and critical consciousness, respectively, are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)677-694
Number of pages18
JournalCommunity Development Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2019


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development

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