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Leadership Program

WinSport recognizes leadership as a valuable component of the youth volunteer experience and positive youth development, and encourages youth to participate as active team members and leaders at WinSport. The Youth Leadership Program promotes growth and skill development necessary for successful youth leaders and ensures they are given the tools to succeed as volunteers at WinSport and as community members.

Youth Leadership Training

Volunteers between the ages of 13 -17 years of age are required to complete the Youth Leadership Training as a condition of volunteering. Upon completion of this program, youth are able to recognize the impact they can make as leaders and the difference they can make in their community.

WinSport’s Youth Leadership Training is open to volunteers who have applied and been accepted as WinSport volunteers.

If you are interested in participating, please fill out the volunteer application form.

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WinSport’s Youth Leadership Training Program is designed to support the youth progress through their volunteer experience, with the end goal of becoming a paid team member.
First Year
  • Age 13
  • Introduction
Second Year
  • Age 14
  • Open Learning
Third Year
  • Age 15
  • Seeking Growth
Fourth Year
  • Age 16
  • Integration
  • Possible Hire
  • Hired as paid team member

Topics that will be covered over the course of the program are:

  • Leadership
  • Communications
  • Personal Development
  • Team Work
  • Diversity
  • Ethics/Integrity
  • Personal Wellness
  • Problem Solving
  • Conflict Management
  • Critical Thinking

The Program includes in-class training, with diverse experience and direct hands-on learning within the volunteer program. Youth will receive a certificate for each Leadership Level upon successful completion of the requirements.
To be successful in the program, youth must activity participate, provide positive and engaging contributions, meet the expected competencies of the Leadership Levels and be successful within their volunteer role.

Expectations of Participants

At the beginning of each session the participants will decide the guidelines for the group for the duration of the program. This is an opportunity for them to set the standards for themselves and others and help them participate in the leadership process fully and comfortably. With that in mind, there are general expectations for all volunteers that apply to the Leadership Program at WinSport:

All volunteers are expected to abide by the Code of Conduct while in the training program, as they would in their regular volunteer role.

Engagement – it is important that all participate as they feel comfortable. However, the Leadership Program is about pushing past limitations and thinking outside the box. There are various forms of activities, including discussions and high energy movement that create a sense of involvement and participants should be willing to try. We encourage the youth to take ownership of their own experience.

Respect – All WinSport Team Members are expected to foster a respectful workplace environment. It is very important for the safety of the group to be mindful of others and ensure everyone feels respected and heard.

Be present – Throughout the session, volunteers will have in-class training/facilitation and volunteer projects and tasks. Successful participants are encouraged to see the value in the volunteer contributions they make, whether they are stuffing envelopes, cleaning up garbage or asking guests to answer surveys.

  • Youth will recognize the impact they can make as leaders
  • Youth will gain an understanding of how they can make a difference.
  • Youth will be seen as engaged, active team members.
  • Youth will gain priority in available paid team member positions at WinSport
Youth Leadership Training Program Levels
    Hours Requirements
 Level Minimum Age  Class Content In-class volunteer hours Event/Activity Hours
Additional Information
 Leadership Level 1
13 9 Hours
9 Hours
5 Hours
Prep work, homework
 Leadership Level 2
14 6 Hours
6 Hours
9 Hours
Prep work, homework
 Leadership Level 3
15 4 Hours
8 Hours
9 Hours

Coaching/Mentorship meetings as required

Individualized program to support growth

Youth Leadership Committee 14 3-Hour meetings/month 120 Hours/year    


  • The leadership program is designed based on age and experience. Exceptions may be granted where the volunteer meets the minimum age requirements and has experience in leadership and the curriculum content to bypass a level.
  • All levels of Leadership Training include a homework component. The homework will be minimal but is expected to be completed to successfully complete the training.
  • Volunteers must commit to a minimum of one season volunteering in addition to the completion of the certficate to be considered eligible to participate in the Youth Leadership Program. Minimum volunteer hours required within the season vary, depending on the volunteer position.