Junior Global Leadership Academy in Canada: June 28 to July 11, 2020

Powerful Youth is monitoring the COVID-19 situation on a regular basis and is following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in setting policy for our summer Global Leadership Academies. At this time, we are still planning to run all summer programs for 2020 in both our Canada and UK campus locations. We are still accepting applications on a rolling space-available basis. You can find a message from our Director and all updates here, as they become available.

Our Junior Global Leadership Academies for youth ages 12 to 14 offer an engaging youth summer program focused on leadership training in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Powerful Youth believes that all young people are powerful, but often lack the confidence, leadership skills and global perspective to realize their leadership potential to better guide their future success.

Our Junior Global Leadership Academies (ages 12 to 14) are engaging and fun two week summer programs designed to provide international youth, regardless of their English abilities, a training focused developing their teamwork, critical thinking and decision making skills through the practical introduction of design thinking.

As an experienced based program, we have packed every day with team challenges, fascinating field trips, breathtaking outdoor activities, inspirational guest speakers and new experiences in Canada that any young person will remember long after the program is finished.


  • Designed for youth and all English language levels.

  • Make new friends from 18+ different countries.

  • Complete 60+ hours of service learning.

  • Receive 24/7 supervision and individualized attention

  • Receive 6 months of online coaching after program ends.

What is the Junior Global Leadership Academy schedule?

Participants are expected to arrive throughout this first day to the Brookes Westshore campus. Local pick-up and transportation will be pre-arranged and provided from either Victoria International Airport (YYJ) or Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal. As students arrive on campus, they will be assigned a room, provided a brief orientation, meals, and a chance to unpack and settle in. Activities or entertainment will be organized, but optional. Today is a chance to get some rest and relaxation in preparation for the adventure of a lifetime these next 2 weeks.

The first official day of the Junior Global Leadership Academy starts with lots of exciting activities and the opportunity for participants to get to know each other, our staff, and all that the campus can provide. Participants will set up their online learning portfolios, and do their first exercises and activities about leadership and creative problem solving. The group will be divided into smaller home groups, and team challenges will help bring students from around the world together!

Youth will have the chance to push themselves outside of their comfort zone, because confidence is something that every leader needs but can only grow by expanding their comfort zone. Throughout the day participants will be asked to explore, challenge and overcome their physical and emotional fears which hold them back from future success. Participants will take on a 20 metre high ropes course and support each other through any fears or challenges along the way. Learning how to make better decisions is all about having the right tools and process, so today is also focused on games, experiences and ways for youth to learn about the power of design thinking.

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.  Participants will also start putting their leadership skills into action through service at a local therapeutic farm. They will not only get to give back to their host community of Victoria, but they will also gain a better perspective on the issues and challenges that leaders face in trying to change their community for the better.

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. In the evening, we get a visit from a guest speaker that always leaves the group even more energized and inspired to make a difference.

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 for their Design Project.

It’s now time to explore Victoria and all it has to offer! The morning is spent at the Royal BC Museum, an award-winning nature and human history museum with a special focus on British Columbia’s rich history and the cultures of the local indigenous nations. Participants will then have the afternoon to explore the city centre, shop, and check out the beautiful waterfront and provincial parliament buildings. After a special dinner downtown, it’s off to the famous Butchart Gardens, and when night falls, their amazing fireworks show!

The morning kicks off with an early morning hike at a local mountain. After a late breakfast, the focus turns to the importance of passion and values in leadership. Whether it’s photography, sports, art, music, nature, animals, travel, or anything else, aligning your passions and values with your goals helps young leaders develop a clearer vision of their future purpose. Work on the Design Project continues, but today the participants are guided through the crucial prototyping phase.

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. In the evening, it’s time for some fun large group activities!

Today we explore all the natural splendour that Vancouver Island has to offer… including beaches and waterfalls! Participants will also get to explore Coombs Market, a popular Vancouver Island attraction for shopping and exploring. The day’s focus is on reflection, and throughout our island exploring, participants will be given opportunities to think back on their experience, and then use what they learn to make the most of their final days.

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 groups based on shared passions or skills, participants 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.

With all the finishing touches being put on the projects today, we also learn important presentation and public speaking skills so that we can share our passion and work effectively. Fun large group activities at night!

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.

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 will be pre-arranged and provided by the program.

What sets our program a part from all the others?

  • Global Community and Support

    Meet other talented young leaders from over 18+ countries • Receive 6 months of online coaching after the program is over


  • Provide Meaningful Service

    Complete 60 hours of service learning • Create and lead your own DREAM Service Project using your own passions and interests

  • Improve Critical Thinking

    Create and use a digital learning portfolio • Exciting presentations • Learn Design Thinking through hands on projects

  • Discover and Learn New Passions

    Leadership training that includes activities that focus on passions for the Arts • Sports • Music • Theater • Dance • Film • Business • Service

  • Experience the Best of Canada!

    Hiking • Swimming • Outdoor Activities • Museums • Culture

Youth Summer Program 2020 Dates and Tuition Costs

Frequently Asked Questions

The Global Leadership Academy tuition of $3,050 US Dollars includes:

– Full Room and Board (All Meals and Accommodation)

– All program materials and activity fees

– Health Insurance during the program

– Local Airport to Campus Transportation/Transfers

– 6 months of 1 hour online coaching sessions

The Powerful Youth Global Leadership Academy is open to all youth from around the world.  Our only requirements for admission into this youth summer program is that you are between the ages of 12 to 14 years old by the time that you apply or the time that you attend the program.

All instruction is done in ENGLISH, however, we do not have any English language requirements since we are an experienced based program leadership training program.  We suggest that students do try to have at least a proficient level of English, or the ability to speak and understand short statements and questions in English, but this is not a requirement.  By far the most important requirement is to have a positive attitude and desire to develop your skills as a young leader.

We are able to provide financial aid to 90% of youth who request assistance.  Financial aid /  scholarships come in the form of tuition scholarships, so they do not cover airfare or travel expenses.  Financial aid / scholarships are given on a first come first serve basis every year and once the scholarship funds have been used we are no longer able to issue assistance.

To be considered for financial aid or scholarship, you must complete an application and indicate that you require financial assistance to attend our youth summer program.

In order to be considered for financial assistance / scholarship, please submit a written essay or create a 3-4 minute video that answers these 3 important questions:

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

2. What sort of clubs, social activities, service, or sports are you involved now and why do you like doing these activities?

3. What is one 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.  Since videos are too large to upload, please send us a link to a YouTube, Vimeo, or some other video hosting site or attach your essay in a Word document and email it to info@powerfulyouth.com

The Powerful Youth Tuition REFUND POLICY:
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
  • The 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 or through Bank Wire Transfer.  You may pay the tuition when you apply, and waive the $50 application fee, or you can pay the $50 application fee and we will send you an online invoice once we have received and issued your admissions package and welcome letter.

Youth will stay on Brookes Westshore Campus located at 1939 Sooke Rd, Victoria, BC V9B 1W2, Canada.  The school dorm rooms designed for 2 to 4 students and 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.