Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


Human Development & Family Science


Human Development & Family Science

First Advisor

Christi Cervantes


This capstone project focuses on the development of leadership skills development amongst a group of ethnic minority students at a middle school in an advisory class. Developing leadership abilities benefits students' personal development and impacts how they connect with their classmates. It teaches students the importance of looking out for one another inside and outside of the classroom, resolving their own social disputes as a role model, and encouraging them to participate in team sports and class activities. However, low-income ethnic minority students do not get many opportunities to develop leadership skills, compared to middle-class students. This may be due to other external factors like teachers not having enough resources to give these children access to programs and resources and teachers’ low expectations for these students in the classroom. There is a need for leadership development workshops in minority middle school students' children's leadership development. I developed a workshop on leadership development for middle school students. The three subtopics of leadership I focused on why it is important to be a leader, qualities of a leader, and how to increase opportunities for one's leadership skills. I provided a workshop on the need for leadership skills in youth. The general focus of the service is to educate students on the importance of leadership in a advisory class setting and the role it plays in social development growth. The location for the service is at Los Arboles Middle School and the audience is students ranging from ages ten to fourteen years old.