The YES Leadership Academy offers programs for teens with a balance of safety and stretch. We challenge teens to think outside the box, and consider new perspectives all while building self confidence, meaningful connections, and essential life skills. The YES is excited to offer Level 1, 2 and 3 leadership certificates for our camps, training programs, retreats, and courses. Designed for youth ages 14-19, these programs prepare teens to be agents of change, act as effective leaders in their own communities, and provide an opportunity to develop core values and relationships for a lifetime.
While nurturing self-worth, resiliency, and connections with peers and positive role models, The YES Leadership Academy engages youth in critical thinking, social emotional learning (SEL), and the development of a growth mindset. Our programs are built in alignment with the BC Education System's Core Competencies.
2023 Program Offerings
The YES Media Club
Not your average book club.
Join youth from across the provinces to discuss topics like empathy, perspective building, leadership, and co-operation. Through curated lists of some of our favourite TedTalks, podcasts, videos, documentaries, articles, and more, we'll be facilitating important conversations via Zoom about relevant topics with the help of today's most creative, innovative, and caring leaders and thinkers - you!
Earn a Level One Leadership Certificate with The YES through this program and participate in either our Leadership & Self-Development Stream or Co-ops & Cooperation Stream.
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Leadership Certificates & Accreditation
Stretch your mind to consider new ideas and perspectives
Establish and sustain interpersonal relationships through self-reflection and collaborative discussions
Activate reflective listening skills in peer groups
Identify your own assumptions and biases and demonstrate the ability to connect with others whose norms, assumptions and biases may be different from your own
Discover and practice essential leadership skills: self-awareness, communication, curiosity and personal growth
Level One Leadership Certificate
Level Two Leadership Certificate
Thoughtfully engage with other youth in peer to peer projects
Act as a leader and role-model among youth
Become introduced to basic facilitation styles and skills
Recognize and challenge injustice
Create more equitable community spaces for open conversations, collaboration, and self-reflection
Level Three Leadership Certificate
Learn to become a collaborative leader—one who’s confident, empathetic, and effective at leading diverse teams
Use foundational skills and literacy to make your leadership actionable and tangible when guiding projects and initiatives through civic action
Lead cross-functional teams through moments of ambiguity, creative thinking, and tactical execution with an inclusive lens
Be supported in designing your own community-based project on a topic you are passionate about
Alignment with BC Education's Core Competencies
Participants with The YES will have the opportunity expand their world-views, develop ideas, and transform ways of thinking. Through the exploration and exchange of information, youth will use communication and collaboration to build important conversations that bridge divides and shape their own core beliefs and values.
Our programming offers youth opportunities to think both creatively and critically about the world that we live in, how to serve others, and to serve ourselves. We invite curiosity and encourage open-mindedness as we build community spaces together. Youth will be able to confidently use their ideas and reflections to set goals and refine their thinking.
Personal & Social
Youth will strengthen their personal and social awareness skills and gain a sense of responsibility to their own self-development and the development of communities. Participants can expect to advocate, and share their perspectives while recognizing and lifting the voices of others in ethical and constructive ways.