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Senior Global Leadership Academy in Canada: July 19 to August 1, 2020

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. The Global Leadership Academy is specifically designed for all youth ages 15-18 in order to develop their leadership abilities through an engaging 2 week long program 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.  This 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 programs 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.

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

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.
HOW TO MAKE A PAYMENT:
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.