Global Leadership Academy Canada for Senior Youth
Session 1: June 27 to July 10, 2021
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 2-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
SUMMER LEADERSHIP PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS IN CANADA
- 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 60+ 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 2 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. They will also take part in other exercises designed to increase their confidence, and then be asked to apply their newfound confidence as they are introduced to and asked to start working together in order to prepare for one of the most challenging aspects of the program… the Service Challenge.
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. Other activities today are focused on figuring out all the different skills, ideas, and elements that define “a leader”, how to inspire others, and the importance of reflection in leadership growth.
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: dance! 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.
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!) demonstrates how it does not take a lot of time or resources to make a difference, and we’ve had teams in the past raise hundreds and hundreds of dollars!
After spending the day before hard at work for Service Challenge in downtown Victoria, it’s now time to explore the city 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. With Service Challenge behind us and lessons learned, it’s turn to turn our attention towards the biggest project participants will take on at GLA: DREAM Service Project. Participants will also be introduced to the tools that will help them succeed in their upcoming leadership projects, such as “SMART” goal-setting and program management tools.
Participants spend the day testing out what they’ve learned so far while taking part in a service learning trip with a local organization. After returning to campus, there is time to continue working on the DREAM Service Project and then for some fun large group activities at night!
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.
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 your team will need to work together physically and mentally!
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.
This final day of the academy is dedicated to each participant’s final presentations that they have been working on throughout the experience. Every young leader will present their Dream Project, with the top projects from each team presenting in front of the whole program that evening. 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.
Two weeks of summer camp isn’t enough? Want even more fun and exploring on the west coast of Canada? Choose a 3-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 60 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
2021 Dates and Tuition Costs