How can formal student organizations in secondary and post-secondary education leverage the development of student leadership capacities? After describing the historical and current significance of student organizations, this volume explores effective organizational structures to promote leadership growth. It then focuses on identity-based and professional groups, and how educators can build stronger connections to keep students involved throughout their educational careers. Readers will learn about research-based ideas regarding: How student organizations should be structured and supported to optimize leadership development for the students who participate within them. How to create a campus environment that supports students from all backgrounds in exploring their leader identity and growth. The Jossey-Bass quarterly report series New Directions for Student Leadership explores leadership concepts and pedagogical topics of interest to high school and college leadership educators. Issues are grounded in scholarship and feature practical applications and best practices in youth and adult leadership education.