School Programming

In the Lead works within high school settings as an extra-curricular opportunity for the unlikely and unseen leaders in those communities. School staff nominate students to participate.

Program Structure:

Weekly Classes
The 90 minute weekly classes are held within the schools and cover core leadership competencies that build resilience, leadership capacity, coping strategies and is proven to increase self-esteem and positive connection to community. Students can earn up to 3 Alberta Education credits for their participation.

Because we know that the biggest difference between thriving and just surviving is one caring adult, all Young Leaders in the school-based program are paired with a screened, trained and supported Coach/Mentor. The role of the Coach/Mentor is simple: get to know a great Young Leader, find out what strengths they have and encourage them to use those strengths in all aspects of their lives. Young Leaders and Coaches/Mentors connect in different ways; ongoing text and phone conversations, one to one meetings in the community and during group volunteering events or scheduled class time. Coaches/Mentors are invited to attend weekly classes as often as they can.

Group Volunteering
Young Leaders and Coaches/Mentors participate in a few  group volunteering events in the community throughout the program. These volunteering opportunities are a highlight for Young Leaders as they are a way for them to discover and apply their leadership strengths in a meaningful and productive way. It is also critical to their ability to see themselves as positive and influential members of a community.

Our school-based programs are currently operated in partnership at:

  • Discovering Choices
  • Jack James
  • St. Anne Academy