Degree Name

MA in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management

First Advisor

Claire Halverson


African youth today no longer want to view themselves as future leaders; instead they want to be viewed as leaders of today who have the ability to shape their own future. Despite the limited opportunities available to youth in the developing world, they strive to become contributors to their communities. Once the world realizes the importance of empowering youth, young Africans will have more opportunities to excel. The purpose of this inquiry is to answer “What opportunities are available for Liberian youth (15-35 years old), and how can these opportunities enhance youth participation in the National Reconstruction Process?” Utilizing qualitative research methods, this study analyzes the role that the young people in Liberia play in reconstructing their country, after fifteen years of civil war. The findings of this inquiry include definitional statements on the purposes of youth, and reconstruction. This inquiry addresses how the private and public sectors can better facilitate the empowerment of Liberian youth.


Civic and Community Engagement | Family, Life Course, and Society | Inequality and Stratification


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