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LEAD Youth Leadership Program

Shaping leaders, changing communities

LEAD (Leadership, Exploration, And Discovery) is a free or low-cost after-school program for students in grades 6 and 7 that introduces them to the power of service leadership and volunteering.


LEAD is the perfect program to build youth’s soft skills and provide them with experiential learning opportunities that they can apply to volunteering, high school, and beyond! Our program currently is designed with Canadian HIGHFIVE guidelines and provincial curriculum requirements in mind. 

Our Program Curriculum

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Dive into an enriching learning experience with LEAD, where our tailored curriculum invites kids to explore the following empowering topics: 

  • Leadership styles

  • Creating your own support network

  • Local causes and ways to support the community

  • Project planning and event planning skills

  • Written, verbal, and digital communication skills and public speaking

  • How to volunteer in the community

Bring our program to your school!

If LEAD hasn't found its way to your school or community organization yet, take the initiative to bring this transformative program to your doorstep! Request LEAD for your school, and let the journey of leadership, community engagement, and skill development begin. By expressing your interest in hosting LEAD, you open the doors to a world of opportunity, where students can unlock their potential, contribute meaningfully to their communities, and embark on a path of leadership excellence. Request LEAD for your school today!

Check out our resources

Sign up to test out our printable curriculum and resources when they become available. We’re looking for teachers in classrooms, youth leaders at afterschool or camp programs, and program leaders at community organizations who can use the curriculum and resources in their own existing programs. As part of the first stage of distributing volunteering materials, the materials will be for free for a limited amount of time, in exchange for feedback. We need your help to make sure volunteering culture meets as many youths as possible!

LEAD in Action

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Featuring the 2022-2023 LEAD Cohort

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