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Global Leadership Academy Canada for Junior Youth

July 10 to 30, 2022

  • leadership lesson plans

Our Junior Global Leadership Academies for youth ages 12 to 14 offer an engaging summer leadership program for youth 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 Academy, designed for young leaders ages 12 to 14, is a three-week summer leadership program for youth designed to provide participants from around the world, regardless of their English abilities, the opportunity to develop their teamwork, critical thinking and decision making skills through the practical introduction of design thinking.

As an experience 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 leadership training program is over.


  • Designed for youth from around the world and of all English language levels.

  • Make new friends from 18+ different countries.

  • Complete 80+ 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 3 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 as we tackle the big question: “what is leadership?” Participants will be divided into home groups, and team challenges will help bring students from around the world together as a group.

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. In the evening, participants are guided through exercises and reflections to help them discover their passions and guiding values.

Learning how to become a better leader is a learning process like any other skill: you need to do it to get better at it. Participants will put 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. In the evening, we welcome a guest speaker who always leaves our participants energized and excited to make a difference themselves.

Communication and collaboration are among the most important skills youth need for future success. Of course, better communication is often easier said than done, which we think is the problem. Through a variety of inspirational videos, outdoor team challenges, and research insights, we attempt to get at what truly effective communication is all about…and why most people fail at it. Participants then get a chance to learn about communication and leadership in an unexpected manner… an acro-yoga lesson!

In the morning, participants will take on the Martian Challenge, a design thinking activity requiring creativity and problem solving skills. In the afternoon, the Junior GLA group will act as participants (and judges!) in Senior GLA’s Activity-a-thon activities, learning new leadership and teamwork skills along the way, and practice giving constructive feedback.  In the evening, we head to the pool to celebrate a job well done!

It’s 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!

Today the participants are asked to start thinking not only about themselves and their passions, values, and skills, but to look outward at their communities and the world. What problems are being faced? How are issues or people interconnected? What issues or causes do they care about most? Then we move into action by getting started brainstorming and preparing for the upcoming Random Acts of Kindness project.

The morning kicks off with a hike at a local mountain and reflection exercises surrounded by nature at the summit. It’s the perfect chance to reflect on everything they have learned about themselves so far before taking on some challenging projects and activities in the coming days! In the afternoon preparations for the Random Acts of Kindness project continue, and at night, participants get to let loose with a Lip Sync Battle!

With only days to plan, the Junior GLA participants will hit the streets of Victoria, making the city a better place for a few hours for local residents and tourists alike. This project will help our young leaders realize that it does not take a lot of time or resources to make a difference.

It’s hard to make a difference unless you know what you want to accomplish! After a morning learning about goal setting theories and approaches through interactive lessons, discussions, and activities, it’s time to take a break at Langford Lake! Participants can try kayaking, swim, or just lounge by the lake, and then enjoy a picnic dinner and some group games.

Empathy and compassion are crucial skills for leaders, and Powerful Youth believes service learning is one of the most valuable ways to learn leadership skills. By giving their time and energy to a local organization supporting the less fortunate, participants not only gain valuable insights and skills they can apply in the future, but feel good about giving back to their host community. In the evening, we welcome another guest speaker to inspire our young leaders and give them a chance to ask questions to someone following their passions and making a difference.

Today groups will begin planning for their cornerstone project, the Design Challenge, which has them apply a design thinking approach to tackle a problem or issue on a local level. We get to learn more about the Senior GLA participants by attending a Gallery Walk they host, and then, there is even more opportunity to get to know each other better with a cultural exchange party featuring games, songs, and snacks from everyone’s countries!

Previously, participants will have been coming up with ideas and preparing a way to give back to their host community. Today’s the day to put the plan into action! Then, celebrate a job well done by lacing up some ice skates! Beginners will have a chance to learn to ice skate, and experienced skaters can enjoy a social skate or a casual game of ice hockey. Is there anything more Canadian than that?!

Vancouver Island is known for its incredible outdoor activities and nature. Today is full of breathtaking nature and fun outdoor activities! We will enjoy exploring, hiking, scenic views, and a picnic lunch at China Beach and Jordan River.

To share what they have learned at GLA with the community at our host school of Brookes Westshore, participants will design and create a mural aiming to inspire anyone who sees it to be a leader and make a difference.

It’s time to turn our full attention towards the biggest project participants will take on at GLA – their Design Challenge. Preparations continue with support and advice from leadership coaches every step of the way. In the afternoon, we get a chance to visit the campus of Royal Roads University, including the castle and incredible gardens on the grounds, and at night, it’s the Talent Show!

Today we get another chance to explore the natural splendour of Vancouver Island, including waterfalls, beaches, and some of the biggest trees you’ll ever see! Participants will also get to explore Coombs Market, a popular Vancouver Island cultural attraction for shopping and exploring, and enjoy a barbeque on the beach. 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.

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 find a way to express their GLA experience and what they have learned. This piece should 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 the Design Challenge presentations. Then, we will host Senior GLA for Gallery Walk to share our ideas in a casual, conversational setting. We are then inspired by selected DREAM project presentations from the Senior group! As the sun starts to set, we host a special graduation celebration and dinner, and then finish the night off with music and dancing with our new lifelong friends from around the world. Just a warning – there’s always more than a few tears shed at the night ends!

​​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 included and will be pre-arranged by the program, and a travel meal will be provided.

For students registered for the 4-week program (GLA + Best of BC Tour), an exciting week of travel in the Victoria and Vancouver areas starts today!

Three weeks of summer camp isn’t enough? Want even more fun and exploring on the west coast of Canada? Choose a 4-week package by adding the Best of BC Tour!

What sets our leadership program for youth apart 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 80+ 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

2022 Dates and Tuition Costs


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