Provide your teen the opportunity to discover their leadership potential in an enriched and empowering virtual space this summer!
Our virtual Youth Leadership Certificate program (Leaders-in-Training) provides a safe online environment for teens to learn, make new friends, while being supported by experienced program facilitators comprised of U of T staff, faculty, alumni, camp counsellors and community partners.
The leadership program provides comprehensive character-building workshops in which youth develop critical thinking skills by discussing and learning about a variety of global topics, while honing leadership skills completing a series of self-reflective exercises, and working in small groups. Most importantly, they build confidence, self-awareness, and the motivation and tools to set and accomplish goals while being their authentic selves.
Note: The Leadership certificate program requires mandatory attendance for daily programming from 9am – 12pm. Attendance is optional for interactive activities offered from 1-2pm and 1-2:30pm. Youth will receive certificate of completion on last day of program.
Interactive Workshop Program Workshop Descriptions
Welcome & Program Overview: the program welcome begins with an in-depth overview of the Leadership program curriculum, the optional extracurricular activities offered, the program facilitators that will lead the programs, and a clear understanding on expectations pertaining to their participation in the program. Also, a series of ice-breakers in order for the teens to feel comfortable and connected to their peers and program facilitator before delving into global topics. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP TOPICS
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Social Media & Entrepreneurship Civic Engagement Personal Finance Public Speaking and Debating Life Balance – Mental Health Youth Programming (this workshop is only provided in the session 2 certificate program) Cover Letter & Resume Development Interview Practice & Program Summary
*Youth are required to have their video and audio on for each workshop sessions ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________OPTIONAL VIRTUAL ACTIVITIES
Game Craze: a virtual fusion of online academic games, board games and card games. Teens will move from one fun-filled game room to another on rotation using break-out rooms, and the many cool features the Zoom platform offers that makes learning fun!
Culinaria Kitchen Lab (Cooking and Baking): youth will engage in leadership roles working individually and within a team virtually in preparing classic dishes. The recipe list of ingredients and kitchen utensils required will be given out in advance.
LIT GROUP SESSION 1 Wednesday, August 4: Cooking - Pizza Thursday, August 5: Baking - Citrus Curd Tarts
LIT GROUP SESSION 2 Wednesday, August 18: Cooking 2: Quiche Thursday, August 19: Baking 2: Nanaimo Bars
Mentalism: a performing art form (a sub-category of magic) in which practitioners use natural abilities such as reading body language, using intuition and subliminal communication to demonstrate highly developed mental or intuitive abilities. *This activity is provided twice for each Leadership program session.
Yoga: physical activity that allows for the teens to seamlessly flow through a series of empowering yoga poses – tree and warrior pose to name a few. Teens will be able to decompress, breathe, and connect with self and peers, in a nonjudgmental, positive, non-competitive virtual environment where they can JUST BE - Yoga does this. The session will end in a relaxation pose where participants can reflect and regroup.
Art Visualization: an artistic workshop whereby Leadership youth can visually express their individual interests and goals they want to achieve. *Youth will be informed of all the required materials needed for them to fully engage in this activity.