Leadership Program

Leadership Program

What is the Leadership Program?

The Leadership Program is a competitive, leveled program for youth ages 14 - 18 years old (with some exceptions for 13 year olds). This program offers young people a realistic work environment in a recreational facility, the opportunity to be a role model for young children, and the opportunity to learn new skills, and expand on skills they already possess, for which they are compensated with an honorarium. Leaders are evaluated regularly and their progress is tracked by the Leadership Coordinator in order to assist them to reach their personal and professional goals. Leaders are expected to complete goal setting activities, self-evaluations, individual meetings with the Leadership Coordinator, and participate in training sessions that are designed to help them build their confidence as an individual and as a Leader within the community, as well as learn new skills.

Becoming a Leader – The Process

To enter the Leadership program there are a series of steps that take place before beginning to work as a Leader at the Boys and Girls Club of London. Youth who wish to be part in the leadership program are expected to complete the following steps:

  1. Submit an application to the Education and Leadership Coordinator, Megan Dykstra – see attached application form
  2. Once your application has been received and reviewed you will be called for an interview. In addition, 2-3 references will be called prior to a youth starting in the leadership program.
  3. Interested youth will take part in a group interview to determine their suitability for the program, their maturity level, and their willingness to learn new skills.
  4. After the interview, youth will be contacted to complete the CareerLaunch program.

Leadership Program Progression

1. CareerLaunch
CareerLaunch is an 8-session course that runs seasonally with 1 session each week on Tuesdays from 4:30 – 6:00pm. The sessions focus on what it means to be a leader; setting goals for the future; working with and supporting children at the Boys and Girls Club of London; conducting self-assessments to become more self-aware in the workplace; preparing for the work place by taking an inventory of employment essentials (e.g. applying for a SIN card, building a resume and cover letter, etc.), and discussing what it means to be professional.

Candidates are required to attend a minimum of 7 out of the 8 sessions to graduate from the CareerLaunch program and begin working as a leader.

2. Working as a Leader
As a Leader there are many opportunities to work throughout the Boys and Girls Club of London facility. Leaders work in the Children’s Recreation Programs, help in the café, work at special events that the club hosts, and help with small administrative tasks at the front desk. In addition to work experience, leaders are given the opportunity to complete a variety of certifications to provide them with the knowledge they require to be successful leaders at the Boys and Girls Club of London, as well as future employment opportunities.

Leaders are able to work in our after-school programs during the school year as well as full-day programs during the summer months.

3. Next Steps for Success
Leaders who are ready to seek formal part-time employment will have the opportunity to talk with an employment counsellor to fine-tune their resume and cover letter as well as their interview skills. The employment counsellor will provide them with support and knowledge to be successful in finding a part-time job. In addition to career counselling Leaders will have the opportunity to shadow professionals within the London community to explore careers that they are interested in pursuing.

More Information

Please contact
Megan Dykstra
Education and Leadership Coordinator
519-434-9115 ext. 254
mdykstra@bgclondon.ca

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