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Global Leadership Academy Canada for Senior Youth

July 10 to 30, 2022

The Senior Global Leadership Academy for youth ages 15 to 18 transforms young leaders in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, Canada!

We know that all youth are powerful but often lack skills such as confidence, leadership and global perspective necessary to be effective leaders of their own future success.

This Global Leadership Academy is specifically designed for teenagers ages 15-18 from around the world in order to develop their leadership abilities. Our engaging 3-week summer leadership program for youth is packed with team challenges, fascinating field trips, breathtaking outdoor activities, inspirational guest speakers and new experiences all across beautiful Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada.

The program tuition includes all program materials, insurance, airport transportation as well as 6 months of post-program online coaching to ensure youth continue their personal development they committed to during the program.

Testimonials from our graduates


  • Hundreds of young leaders attend our summer leadership programs for youth from over 20 different countries around the world every summer
  • Designed for all English language levels with experienced-based education and ESL compatible instruction. 
  • Each participant completes 80+ hours of community service and service-learning hours.
  • All participants develop, research, plan, and present their own DREAM service project turning their passions into a purpose that leads positive change in their community. 

Learn how two Powerful Youth alumni used their DREAM Project to help save lives!

What will you be doing at the Senior Global Leadership Academy?

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 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! .

Today’s activity asks participants to put the skills they have learned so far to the test to develop, prepare, and deliver an activity to the Junior GLA group designed to teach them an assigned leadership or teamwork skill. It’s a valuable opportunity to gain applied leadership experience and receive 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? But then, we move into action. In the afternoon, they are introduced to the upcoming Service Challenge, a project where they will have the potential to make a real contribution to an issue or cause they care about.

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 Service Challenge continue, and at night, participants get to let loose with a Lip Sync Battle!

With only days to plan and minimal money to spend, teams of participants take to the streets of downtown Victoria to try to raise as much money as possible for a charity or non-profit of their choice. How will they do it? What approach will they take? Where will they be? That’s all up to them! This challenge (and wow, is it a challenge!) truly demonstrates how it does not take a lot of time or resources to make a difference. We’ve had teams in the past raise hundreds (or even thousands!) of dollars to donate!

Project management skills are essential for any aspiring leader, no matter how they plan to make an impact! After a morning learning the basics of project management through interactive lessons 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 participants prepare and present their Leadership Profile and Timeline. Who are they as a leader? What experiences have led them to who they are today? Who has inspired them? These questions (and more!) will guide them in developing this project. Everyone then gets a chance to learn more about each other through the projects with a Gallery Walk. 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. 

Collaboration is a delicate and difficult balancing act of combining your ideas with those of other people. Today is a decathlon of uniquely designed team events that are as much fun as they are lessons on teamwork. It’s all about knowing how to make your way through the team development process of forming, storming, norming, and eventually, performing.  Each member of the team will need to work together physically and mentally! In the evening, we’ll talk about how to set goals you can go out and achieve! 

It’s time to turn our full attention towards the biggest project participants will take on at GLA – their DREAM Project. Each participant creates their own unique DREAM project plan (no two are ever alike!) with the support of their 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 each participant’s DREAM project presentation. Every young leader will present their DREAM Project, with selected projects from each home group presenting in front of the whole GLA program that evening. 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 you will gain from the Global Leadership Academy

  • Join a Global Community

    Meet other talented young leaders from over 18+ countries

  • Provide Meaningful Service

    Complete 80+ Service Hours • Create and lead your own DREAM Service Project

  • Improve University Readiness

    Work Portfolio • Presentation Skills • Research and Planning

  • 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 • Museums • Culture

2022 Dates and Tuition Costs


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