The YES Leadership


Building Communities of Care & Connection

The YES is excited to offer Leadership Certificates through various camps, training programs, retreats, and courses. Designed for youth ages 14-20, these programs prepare youth and leaders in training to be agents of change, act as effective mentors 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.


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 

Level One Leadership Certificate

  • Become literate in perspective-building subjects

  • Establish and sustain interpersonal relationships through self-reflection and collaborative discussions

  • Activate reflective listening skills in peer groups

  • Identify own assumptions and biases and demonstrate the ability to connect with individuals and groups whose norms, assumptions and biases may be different from their own 

  • Be introduced to essential leadership skills: communication, motivation, feedback, and self-development.

Alignment with BC Education's Core Competencies