Leadership Program

Leadership Program

What is the Junior Leadership Program?

The Jr. Leadership program is a competitive, leveled program that focuses on introducing elementary school students in grades 6-8 to topics and experiences that will encourages skill building in a variety of areas. Each grade will be given a specific theme that they will focus on, with each theme building on knowledge from previous years. Jr. Leaders are expected to attend a weekly session, as set out by the Leadership Coordinator.

Program Overview

Junior Leaders will cover the following topics each year of their participation in the program. Each year the program will address a specific theme per grade level: Exploring Team Work, Mastering Active Citizenship, and Introduction to Leadership.

  1. Leadership skills
  2. Team work
  3. Communication skills
  4. Awareness of self and others
  5. Goal setting
  6. Conflict resolution & problem solving
  7. Being an active participant/good citizen

Junior Leadership Program Progression

1. Grade 6 - Exploring Team Work
Junior Leaders in Grade 6 will focus on building skills that will support them to work effectively within a team! As a team they will plan and run a community event at the end of the year where they can demonstrate their learning.

2. Grade 7 - Mastering Active Citizenship
Junior Leaders in grade 7 will focus on and discuss ways they can be actively involved in both their local and global communities. In addition to weekly sessions, Jr. Leaders will act as peer mentors to younger children at the club.

3. Introduction to Leadership
Junior Leaders in grade 8 will begin their transition into the Sr. Leadership program by attending weekly sessions and running one session themselves! In addition, participants will act as peer mentors to younger children at the club and complete a minimum of 5 shadow shifts with a Sr. Leader prior to the summer. During the summer months, Jr. Leaders transitioning into high school will have the opportunity to work in camp on a volunteer basis.

What is the Senior Leadership Program?

The Leadership program is a competitive, leveled program that aims to assist high school aged youth with developing skills and gaining experience that will encourage success with finding employment. The Boys & Girls Club of London offers a variety of leadership experiences to youth that cater to their personal interests and goals.

Level 1 - Career Launch

Career Launch is a series of workshops that will offer insight into career paths, as well as provide youth with the opportunity to practice skills and gain knowledge that will allow them to be successful within their basic placement.

Level 2 - Basic Placement

The Boys & Girls Club of London is excited to offer 6 Leadership Streams. Participants will choose which stream they wish to explore after completing Career Launch, based on their interests and career goals.

Shifts are available weeknights from 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., and weekends from 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Shift availability will differ by stream.

Choose Your Own Adventure

  1. Recreation
  2. Aquatics
  3. Customer Service
  4. Art
  5. Technology
  6. Administration

Level 3 - Employment Preparation

Participants will be offered a maximum of 3 pre-determined certifications according to their stream.

Leaders at this level will participate in an Employment Preparation course that will focus on information relevant to finding employment! This training is meant to provide the youth with opportunities to fine tune their skills related to seeking and obtaining employment.

Level 4 - Community Placement

Upon entering a community placement, Leaders will transition out of the Boys & Girls Club of London's Leadership Program. Community Placements will be available based on each stream. Participants will spend 2-3 months in their community placement. At the end of the placement, Leaders may be offered employment at their placement agency, or will be encouraged to seek employment independently.

More Information

Please contact
Megan Dykstra
Education and Leadership Coordinator
519-434-9115 ext. 254

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