The Junior Leadership Academy offers youth ages 12-14 training that builds their critical thinking and teamwork skills in a fun-filled activity based program!

Youth are powerful but often lack skills such as confidence, leadership and global perspective necessary to be great leaders of their own future success. The Junior Leadership Academies are based on our successful high school ages leadership program but designed to provide younger adults ages 12-14 years old with an age appropriate and engaging 2 week summer program focused on teamwork and building critical thinking skills and decision making.  This program is packed with even more team challenges, fascinating field trips, breathtaking outdoor activities, inspirational guest speakers and new experiences all across beautiful Victoria Island in British Columbia Canada.


  • Designed for all youth, regardless of their language or academic abilities, so that they can experience leadership in a whole new way.
  • Youth who attend the program come from 18+different countries around the world.
  • Each participant will complete 60+ hours of service learning during the 2 week program.

What is the Junior Leadership Academy schedule?

faq_thumbnailAll participants are expected to arrive through-out this first day. Local pick-up and transportation will be provided to Brookes Shawnigan Lake School Canada from either Victoria International Airport (YYJ) or Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal, so long as students share their travel itineraries at least 14 days in advance of their arrival date.  As students arrive on campus, they will be assigned a room, provided a brief orientation, food, and a chance to unpack and settle in.  Today is a chance to get some rest and relaxation in preparation for the adventure of a lifetime in these next 2 weeks.

The first official day of the Junior Leadership Academy starts with lots exciting activities and the opportunity for participants to get to know each other, our staff and all the campus can provide.  From the waterfront, to the state of the art facilities to everything in between, participants will get know everything they need to know in order to have a comfortable, safe and exciting 2 weeks. Since jet-lag is common on this day, optional evening entertainment is usually a popular blockbuster film.

Learning how to make better decisions is all about having the right tools and process, so today is focused on games, experiences and ways for youth to learn about the power of design thinking.  Youth will also have a chance to push themselves outside of their comfort zone by taking on the challenging ropes course.

Inspiration is something that every young leader needs but is the start of the design thinking process and often the start of most great new ideas.  Today is all about exploring different and exciting passions that youth may have such as: music, art, sports, and other activities while learning how to draw inspiration from those passions to be used to create meaningful community projects.  Today is also a chance for youth to get inspired through some important community service work.

Ideation is about the formation of ideas or concepts, the next step once you are inspired is to try and organize that feeling into one idea.  Today students will learn how dance is a wonderful example of turning inspiration into a single powerful idea, as well as how they too will be turning their ideas in a Design Challenge project before the end of the 2 weeks.

Investigation is all about learning how to do research on your idea, as well as challenge some of the assumptions that you might have.  Research is so much more than just searching online for an answer, oftentimes the best way to research is to lace up your shoes and go find out about something in person.  To day we guide and give youth a chance to reach out and begin the hands on process of learning about the complexity of an issue they want to help solve.

Taking the time to explore what one has done and learned in the past week is an important aspect of critical thinking.  Today’s activities not only focus on fun, such as visiting the Royal BC Museum downtown, shopping and doing a scavenger hunt across the city but youth will also learn how to go about the process self-reflection and improvement.  Participants can do this many different ways and may choose to try art, music, dance, writing, discussion, or other means of reflection.

Integration is about taking the research and learning from your investigation phase, and combining that with you original idea and inspiration.  This is the same process you would do if you were doing a school assignment, taking on a new responsibility or in this case, working to complete your own Design Service Challenge.  This challenge is an opportunity for youth to address an issue in their community, by designing a solution.  Today is a chance for youth to build their way through this concept by designing and actually making their own sustainable furniture to donate to those in need.

Invention is taking your ideas and creating something that brings them to life.  Today students continue building their custom designed furniture as a means to practice how they will invent a solution for their design service challenge.  Today is a chance to experiment, with support, on how they will go about designing their project.

Today is a chance to get to see and experience the best of the great outdoors.  Youth will have the chance to kayak, hike, sit and most importantly relax and reflect about what they have done and learned so far.  We will visit a few beautiful and scenic spots, have a BBQ dinner, play games and give youth time to just appreciate where they are and who they are with.

Collaboration is delicate and difficult balancing act of combining your ideas with those of other people.  Today’s focus is about how to engage in the process of collaboration through a variety of engaging small group activities and challenges.  In the afternoon, participants according to their interested will be asked to create a large and inspiring work of art, music, dance, theater or film.  This piece will collaboratively convey the complex idea of what leadership truly means…no small task given only several hours to accomplish.

This final day of the academy is dedicated to each participant’s final presentations that they have been working on through-out the experience. Every young leader must be ready with a poster they have designed to answer questions about their proposed Design Challenge project they wish to carry out.  The evening then becomes a special graduation celebration, as elegant as it is heartfelt for all the work, time and laughter shared among lifelong friends with a special surprise later in the evening.

Participants leave the academy but take with them all that they have learned, experienced and felt along the way. Transportation to the airport, ferry or other means is provided by the program.

What you will gain

  • Join a Global Community

    Meet other talented young leaders from over 18+ countries

  • Provide Meaningful Service

    Complete 60 Service Hours • Create and lead your own DREAM Service Project

  • Improve Critical Thinking

    Digital Portfolio • Presentations • Research and Planning • Design Thinking Projects

  • Discover and Learn New Passions

    Leadership Training Related to: Arts • Sports • Music • Theater • Dance • Film • Business • Service

  • Experience the Best of Canada!

    Hiking • Swimming • Kayaking/Canoeing • Climbing • Fishing • Paddle Boarding

Summer 2018 Dates and Tuition

Frequently Asked Questions

To be considered for financial aid or scholarship we ask that you submit a written essay or create a 3-4 minute video that answers these 3 questions when you submit your online application:

1. Why are you interested in attending the Junior Leadership Academy?

2. What sort of clubs, social activities, service, or sports have you been involved with and why?

3. What is a strength that you have already as a leader?

Feel free to be creative and fun, but make sure to answer the questions as best you can. The file can be uploaded to this site by using the File upload button below. Since videos are too large to upload, please send us a link to a YouTube, Vimeo, or some other video hosting site to

The Junior Leadership Academy is open and encourages all young adults around the world to apply.  Our only requirements for admission are that you will be between the ages of 12 to 14 years old by the time that you attend the program.

All instruction is done in ENGLISH, however we do not have English language requirements as we are an experienced based program.  We do suggest that students have at least a proficient level of English, or the ability to speak and understand short statements/questions, but this is not a requirement.

Youth will stay on campus in school dorm rooms with capacity for 4 students.  Each room is large enough for each participant to have their own bed, dresser, desk, and closet space.  We assign students to dorms according to gender and to promote diversity, we reserve the right to decline all requests to stay in the same room with someone you may know.

If cancellations are made
  • 8-weeks prior to program start date: Full refund of program fees (Deposit is not refundable)
  • 4-weeks prior to program start date: Refund 50% of program fees (Deposit is not refundable)
  • Within 4-weeks of program start date: No refund of program fees
  • Deposit is only refundable in the case of a denied visa. Proper documentation must be provided.
Payments for the Powerful Youth’s programs may be made securely and online through Paypal.  We will issue an online invoice once we have received and issued an admissions welcome letter.