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A recent report recommended that Maine invest more in girls and women in Maine. One recommendation was to create opportunities for girls to engage in leadership education. This case study examined the development of leadership skills in adolescent girls through participation in a leadership education program and a social justice event. I acted as both the facilitator and the researcher. Mixed-methods were used for data collection. Results showed that the program gave the girls a comfortable space to learn about leadership skills through program topics and the facilitator’s behavior. The social justice event emerged as a critical instrument for enhancing the girls’ development of leadership skills. Giving adolescent girls the opportunity to take activist roles allowed them to grow through experience as well as feel empowered to become agents of change in their communities.

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Restricted: Campus/Bates Community Only Access

First Advisor

Nigro, Georgia

Date of Graduation

Spring 5-2015

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

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