Date of Defense




First Advisor

Dr. Wendy Ford

Second Advisor

Julie Wyrwa

Third Advisor

Dr. Thomas Sill


This study focuses on leadership skills that were exhibited by second and third graders at Woods Lake Elementary School in Kalamazoo, Michigan during community service. Twenty-three students participated in volunteer activities throughout the year. Three community sites were chosen at which to record data concerning the leadership skills these children demonstrated during their volunteer activities. The sites at which observations were recorded were Portage Community Outreach Center, Borgess Hospital, and Wood Hills Assisted Living Community. Parents were also asked to fill out surveys regarding the child's display of leadership skills at home following the community service events. The observations were based on leadership skills discussed in the field of communication. The findings were used to decide whether or not community service could be used as an effective method to facilitate the exhibition of leadership skills in children.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only