Enrichment & Leadership Opportunities
Enrichment & Leadership Opportunities
A Sampler of Extra-Curricular Possibilities
Some of these programs involve a registration or participation fee, and in some cases these can be quite large. Consider seeking out a community sponsor to help cover your expenses. Organizations that have been known to sponsor youth programs include:
- Credit Unions
- Service Clubs
- Grain Companies
- Farm Organizations
- Natural Gas Co-Ops
- Agricultural Societies
- Rural Electrification Associations
- AB Women’s Institutes
- Co-operators Insurance
List of Programs
ACCA YOUTH LEADERSHIP PROGRAMS
July – August
Pre-teen to 18
$157.50 or $630 (Reg) + $78.75 (Bus)
The Alberta Community and Co-operative Association youth leadership program offers an opportunity to develop confidence and leadership through education, friendship, discovery, adventure, recreation, and teamwork. These 7-day programs take place near Nordegg, Alberta.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT AWARDS
Based on high school academics
The AP Program recognizes high school students who have demonstrated outstanding college-level achievement through AP courses and exams with the AP Scholar Awards. Although there is no monetary award, each award-winning student receives a certificate which is acknowledged on any AP score report that is sent to colleges after the award has been conferred.
AP Scholar Awards are added to students’ online score reports in late August. If you earned an award, you will be notified by email. Award certificates are sent by mail in September.
BRAIN SCIENCE DAY
Annually, in March; Register early!
February (max 20 students)
Free (includes lunch)
Interested in Neuroscience? This event is open to high school students who show an interest in pursuing a career in the neurological and mental health fields. Students will visit a number of research labs, anatomy labs, clinical units, and the Seaman Family MRI Centre, helping students with career options within these areas. Students are nominated by their teachers and space is very limited so apply early.
CANADA WORLD YOUTH
$2650/6-9 weeks; $3450/4-6 mo
What’s Next in Your Life? Restless in Okotoks? Need Adventure? Not certain about Post-Secondary Plan? Want to See More of the World? Want to Make a Difference? Check out Canada World Youth, Leaders in Action. Fees include airfare; Academic credits are available.
CALGARY BRAIN BEE COMPETITION
Annually, in March;
Grade 9 to 12
Interested in Neuroscience? High School Students are invited to participate in this international competition hosted by the Hotchkiss Brain Institute. These live Q&A competitions test the neuroscience knowledge of other students from around the world. The winner of the Calgary Brain Bee will receive an expense-paid trip to CIHR Canadian National Brain Bee in May.
CALGARY FIRE CADET PROGRAM
1 eve/week, Sep – June + 2 weeks in July
Sep / Oct
An 18-month program offered evenings by trained fire professionals. 20 cadets are selected each fall. Learn valuable life skills while exploring the exciting and challenging opportunities of a firefighting career. Experience both classroom and hands-on learning.
Scholarships are available to first-year and graduating cadets.
CALGARY JUNIOR POLICE ACADEMY
Dates & times vary
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a police officer? The Alberta Royal Canadian Mounted Police in partnership with the RCMP Depot Training Academy in Regina is hosting sixteen students from all over Alberta for one week. Selection is based on student’s academic achievement, Canadian citizenship, and interest in a career in policing.
Learn what it’s like to be a police officer-in-training through activities and observation of activities including, drill, driver simulator training, firearms, police officer scenarios, a tour of the training facility, RCMP museum, and much more! Interact with Police Officer’s from many different units within the RCMP, which will allow you to obtain a better understanding of what life would be like as a Police Officer with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police!
July / Aug
The Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta provides safe, quality camp experiences for young people and their families affected by cancer. This outdoor leadership program focuses on personal development and promotes physical fitness, mental well-being, environmental awareness, and personal growth in a supportive, exciting outdoor environment.
CANADA’S NEXT GREEN JOURNALIST
Submissions due in April
March 15, 2015
If you are passionate about the environment and would like the chance to win a digital camera, pocket camcorder, laptop, or cash for your school, this contest is looking for inspired stories, photos and videos about local environmental issues from students who want to be a part of the solution.
CANADIAN GENE CURE FOUNDATION
December 1, 2014
Gene Researcher for a Week (GRFAW) program is your opportunity to gain insight into the world of genetic diseases through a mentorship in one of Canada’s top genetic labs. This program is designed to provide a learning experience for students that have not had extensive lab experience from other programs or work experience opportunities.
Participants can learn how genes cause human genetic disorders and how top scientists translate these findings into treatments and cures for genetic diseases. In this program you will participate in the activities in the lab with as much hands on experience as possible(*). The GRFAW mentoring program is a great opportunity to learn about human genetics research and connect with the scientific community.
Essay and teacher letter reference required.
Up to 35% of the selected applicants may be placed outside of their own city and even province.
It is the Canadian Gene Cure Foundation’s goal that no eligible student should be denied access to the program for financial reasons. CGCF will endeavor to keep costs down for participants by placing them in labs closest to their home location. In cases of financial hardship, where travel is required, CGCF will endeavor to help students raise the required funds through program sponsors or other means.
DIGITAL ARTS BOOT CAMP
$225 ($199 Early bird)
Centre for Arts & Technology, Kelowna, BC.
- 3D Animation
- 3D Game Animation
- Audio Engineering
- Digital Filmmaking
- Digital Photography
- Event and Promotions Management
- Graphic and Digital Media Design
- Interior Design
- Fashion Design & Merchandising
- Network Security Specialist
ELITE YOUTH CONFERENCE
Jan / Feb
U of C and Calgary SpeakMasters collaborate for this event which provide youth with opportunities to gain leadership skills focused on promoting self-empowerment and personal development.
ENCOUNTERS WITH CANADA
Youth Citizenship and Leadership
Take a week off school to participate in the following experiences:
- Meet with 120-148 teens from across Canada
- Have your voice be heard and valued
- Visit our nation’s capital as a VIP
- Open your eyes to new career opportunities
- Meet famous and accomplished Canadians
- Participate in unique, fun, & exclusive events and activities
- Explore your Canadian identity
- Make memories that will last a lifetime
FORUM FOR YOUNG CANADIANS
Feb – Mar, 2015
This is a one-week youth workshop in Ottawa for 120 lucky students per session (3 sessions/year) who are interested in Canadian politics and public affairs, and seeing what running the country looks like up close. It’s also bout learning how to collaborate, share ideas, and turn ideas into real community action. If you have something to say, say it here. Be a Voice. Fee includes accommodations, travel, and some meals. Bursaries are available for qualifying students. Think about looking for community sponsorships.
HELIX SUMMER SCIENCE INSTITUTE
$350 – 4,100 (domestic students)
York University Helix is a high school enrichment program in science and mathematics for high performing students. Helix consists of a series of week-long non-credit courses which highlight specific research strengths within the Faculty of Science. Financial assistance is available.
HERITAGE YOUTH SUMMER RESEARCH
Jul – Aug (6 Weeks)
HYRS is an intensive 6-week, paid (stipend) summer science program where 45 students participate in health-related scientific research labs and research centers at one of three campuses: U of A, U of C, and U of L. Students must have at minimum 85% standing in Math and Sciences.
JUNIOR FOREST RANGERS
This program is an exciting 7-week summer job that will expose you to unique work, educational, and life experiences. Learn about the science of wildfire and other forest management principles while living and working in the great outdoors! This opportunity will give you a chance to find out about career options, an opportunity to gain valuable skills, and make new friends.
Katimavik is Canada’s premier national youth learning through volunteer service organization. The organization’s objectives are to impact youth positively by contributing to their development and to impact communities positively by putting volunteers to work in the community. Katimavik learning programs focus on the development of lifelong personal, professional and social competencies in the areas of civic engagement, healthy lifestyle, cultural discovery, official languages, communication, environmental stewardship and project coordination.
MED/VET SUMMER ACADEMY
June / July (10 / 12 days)
High school & College students (15-18)
Saint George’s University offers an opportunity of a lifetime for students interested in the fields of medicine or veterinary medicine. This 10-day program balances academics with extracurricular activities selected to highlight the culture and beauty of Grenada, West Indies. Qualifying participants will receive college credit through the School of Arts and Sciences.
Fees include accommodations, transportation on the island, all meals, medical instruction, and field trips. Airfare and the optional scuba dive expenses are not included. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and a completed application with deposit payment is required to reserve your spot.
If you want to spend time doing international volunteer work in the developing world, then check out Projects Abroad. They have over 16 years of experience and a variety of short and long-term projects in 24 exciting destinations.
RCMP YOUTH CAMP
16-19 (High school)
The Alberta Royal Canadian Mounted Police, in partnership with the RCMP Depot Training Academy in Regina, hosts a youth camp for select students from all over Alberta at Regina’s Training Academy (Depot). Selection is based on academic achievement, Canadian citizenship, and interest in a career in policing. Learn officer-in-training activities first-hand including, drill, driver simulator training, firearms, police officer scenarios, a tour of the training facility, RCMP museum, and much more!
RED DEER COLLEGE SUMMER CAMPS
RDC celebrates year-long learning with fantastic summer camps for teens and adults alike. Space is limited so register early.
Music | Sports | Science | Film & Game Design | Art | Dance
ROTARY ADVENTURE in CITIZENSHIP
Contact your local Rotary Club
220 outstanding senior high school students ages 16-18 from across Canada will spend four days in Ottawa in a program designed to develop their leadership potential in their communities and in Canadian society.
ROTARY YOUTH LEADERSHIP (RYLA)
Contact your local Rotary Club
RYLA is Rotary’s leadership training program for secondary school students, university students, or young professionals and emphasizes leadership, citizenship, and personal growth. The program encourages leadership and publicly recognizes people who are rendering service to their communities. Events are typically 3–10 days long and include presentations, activities, and workshops that cover a variety of topics, including:
- Leadership fundamentals and ethics
- Communication skills
- Problem solving and conflict management
- Community and global citizenship
This event is a great opportunity to extend your horizons, build your skills, and expand your resume.
Nov / Dec
$4,500 (Bursary available)
SHAD is a registered Canadian charity that empowers exceptional high school students to recognize their own capabilities and envision their extraordinary potential as tomorrow’s leaders and change makers.
Each year, SHAD provides the opportunity for 600+ students from across Canada and internationally to attend a month-long summer program, in-residence at one of 12 Canadian host universities, focused on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Students also enjoy recreational activities and explore local attractions. Shad Valley provides challenge, fun and inspiration, a network of friends and connections for life, and a competitive advantage in planning the future. The admission process is competitive and considers both academic results and extra-curricular participation.
SPEAK OUT CONFERENCE
200 students from across Alberta unite for a 3-day event to explore and provide meaningful feedback on key issues and initiatives to help shape the province’s education system, and connect with Alberta Education representatives and other students. Students with different backgrounds, opinions, and experiences will have the opportunity to provide their opinions and input on programs and products that the Ministry is currently addressing.
SPEAK OUT FORUMS
Students are invited to talk about their educational experience, including learning styles, what works for them, and what they would like to see happen in schools.
At a Speak Out Forum, students are asked four questions:
- What does it look like when you are learning at your best?
- What is holding you back from learning at your best?
- What actions can ADULTS take to improve how education looks and feels?
- What actions can STUDENTS take to improve how education looks and feels?
Organize a Forum at your school!
SPEAK OUT ADVISORY COUNCIL
The Minister’s Student Advisory Council consists of 28 youth, charged with exploring ways to improve education in Alberta, and act as ambassadors of Speak Out within their schools and communities. Final approval of Council members rests with the Minister of education.
STARS OF ALBERTA AWARDS
Albertans whose volunteer efforts have contributed to the well-being of their community and fellow community members are recognized. Six awards, two in each category of youth, adult and senior are presented annually on or around International Volunteer Day (Dec 5). Nominate someone you think is deserving of recognition!
Albertans, who meet the following criteria, are eligible for an Award:
- Exemplifies the spirit of community service
- Demonstrates exemplary initiative, leadership, & creativity in their service to others
- Serves as a role model for others in their community
- Inspires others to engage in volunteer service
- Improves the overall quality of life of fellow Albertans and community as a whole
STUDY & GO ABROAD FAIR
High school – University students
Registration is optional
Liven up Your Dreams! Broaden Your Horizons! Learn about post-secondary options for undergraduate and post-graduate programs all over the world. Discover exciting travel opportunities – semesters abroad, work programs, internships, volunteer programs and adventure travel.
TOP 20 UNDER 20
Believe. Do. Become.
This national youth awards program honors young Canadians who have demonstrated a significant level of achievement, innovation, and leadership that has led to the betterment of your school, community, province and/or country. You can be self-nominated OR nominated by a community group, friend, peer, or other sponsor.
TOASTMASTERS YOUTH LEADERSHIP
Toastmasters Youth Leadership Program is an 8-week program designed for students 13-17 years old. Participants develop communication and leadership skills through practical experience. This program provides a safe environment to learn, practice and improve your communication skills.
• Evaluate your speaking ability
• Organize and present your ideas
• Learn to manage meetings
• Clearly express your thoughts
• Develop effective listening
• Discover how to control your voice, vocabulary and gestures
• Master providing feedback
Space is limited. Pre-registration is required.
Events in this series
- Every week on Tuesday ends on March 17, 2020, 05:30 PM - 07:00 PM
- Location: Okotoks Public Library
U of T YOUTH SUMMER PROGRAM
June – Aug (law) / July – Aug (med)
$1,160-1,260/module + Registration fee
University of Toronto’s Youth Summer Program is open to students interested in Medicine & Law Why be bored this summer? If you are interested in a career in Medicine or Law, check out the YSP at the U of T! This is a great opportunity to explore your career interest, sample university life, and enrich your resume.
U of WATERLOO PROGRAMS
The University of Waterloo has other Enrichment opportunities available for viewing on their website, https://uwaterloo.ca/find-out-more/counsellors/resources/
UWC PEARSON COLLEGE
16-17 (Grade 12)
One of 12 UWC schools worldwide, Pearson College (Vancouver Island) offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma, the most recognized and respected high-school diploma in the world. This is a 2-year pre-university program for students from over 100 countries who live, study, and grow together. Students are nominated by UWC National Selection Committees in their province/territory.
No deadlines or fees
Embrace your Community! Meet new people! Grow your skills! Develop your Resume! Earn Work Experience Credits! Avoid boredom! Escape that long list of jobs your parents are thinking up for you! There are volunteer opportunities that can be a perfect fit for your interests, abilities, and availability. Get out in the bigger world and GO FOR IT!
YFU EXCHANGE PROGRAM
Youth For Understanding (YFU) Canada is one of the oldest, largest non-profit international student exchange organizations in the world and offers more than 100 program choices to over 50 countries. Live with a host family, attend the local high school and interact with new friends as you experience a new country and its people in a way that only someone who has lived there can! You’ll benefit academically as you learn in a global setting, and gain knowledge through the unique strengths of your school abroad. Fees include round-trip airfare. Scholarships available.