Publication Date

Spring 5-12-2019

Document Type

Capstone project: USD users only

Degree Name

MA Leadership Studies


Leadership Studies


This applied project discusses the importance of student leadership development and opportunities for elementary-age students. As more and more elementary-aged students are reporting that they feel anxious, depressed, bullied, threatened and unsafe at school, many educators are beginning to recognize the need to provide elementary-aged children with outlets and tools to express and develop their natural leadership abilities in order to help themselves and their peers cope with issues. As a current elementary teacher in San Diego California, I observe the effects of students feeling unsafe at school for various reasons on a daily basis. Not only does this take away from their education and ability to focus in class, but it effects the students socially and emotionally. In order to provide a space for elementary-aged students on campus to express their concerns and develop as leaders, I have created an after-school student leadership club. I will be discussing the outcomes of this club and the impact it has had on the students and the campus.