everyone has leadership potential

Learning to Lead™ is a three-day leadership program for Grade 11 girls. Participants gain confidence through a series of interactive workshops and activities. They leave the program with greater self-awareness, and the inspiration to take on new challenges and opportunities. This interactive program invites young women to develop a leadership mindset in a supportive and fun environment.

Applications for Learning to Lead™ are now open!

  • Click here to download our application instructions.
  • Click here to apply to the 2020 Learning to Lead™ program once you have your letter of support from your nominator.

The deadline to apply is March 16th.

Learning to Lead™ focuses on:

  • Self-Knowledge: identify your values and how to leverage your strengths
  • Being a Leader: learn what it means to be a leader and inspire others
  • Increasing Confidence: practice sharing your ideas and taking risks
  • Being Authentic: embrace and accept your unique self
  • Creating Connections: build relationships with peers and mentors

Participant Feedback

“This was one of the best experiences I have had in my life.”

“It made me feel proud of myself and allowed me to understand myself much more. I recommend it to every passionate girl who wishes to feel the true essence of being a leader!”

Program Overview

Learning to Lead™ takes place over a weekend. It starts on Friday afternoon and ends on Sunday after lunch. This is an overnight program hosted on site at a university. Participants stay in the university residences and are assigned a designated chaperone for the duration of the weekend.

All program costs are covered by donors and sponsors who believe in the leadership potential of youth. This includes travel, food, accommodation and materials.

Interactive Learning

Learning to Lead™ includes a series of workshops with engaging facilitation, group-based discussion, individual reflection, and hands-on activities. You will also gain insight from guest speakers and mentors – accomplished leaders who share their candid perspectives on their personal experiences.

Lasting Connections

One of the best things about Learning to Lead™ is having opportunity to learn with other young women. Over the weekend, your cohort will grow into a tightly-knit group, enabling you to connect with other young leaders from across BC.

The girls in your cohort will become your friends and your support network. This is one of the lasting benefits of the program!

Here is what some of our Youth Advisory Council members have to say about their experience of the Learning to Lead™ program and why Grade 11 youth should consider applying for the 2020 program.

Join Us!

This program is open to female, transgender and non-binary youth who are in Grade 11 and are interested in participating in a positive, women-led leadership program.

Eligible applicants live in BC and attend high school. This includes public, independent and band-run schools, as well as online and home schooling. Applicants must be nominated by a school counsellor, school head, community member, coach, mentor or other trusted adult.

In the past, a teacher or principal might have nominated the first student who came to mind as a ‘leader’– often these students are the most vocal, and are already achieving their goals. We want to ensure that we’re also reaching the quiet leaders, those who aren’t always the first to speak up, but clearly want to make a difference and help others.

Indigenous students are strongly encouraged to apply. We include Indigenous knowledge and protocols into our program. We are committed to creating a safe, welcome space for all participants.

Upcoming Sessions

All 2019 programs have ended. Upcoming programs include:

  • UNBC Prince George: May 22-24, 2020
  • TRU Kamloops: June 5-7, 2020
  • UBC Vancouver: June 26-28, 2020

Application Process

Applications for our 2020 programs open on October 1, 2019. There is no maximum to how many students a school may nominate. Only 50 students are selected to attend each weekend. All applications are reviewed by a selection committee comprising Minerva staff and community volunteers.

Learning to Lead™ has a two-part application process:

  • An application form to be completed by Grade 11 student
  • A letter of support from a nominating sponsor (i.e. a teacher, guidance counsellor, coach, or other trusted adult)

Click here to download our application instructions.

Click here to apply to the 2020 Learning to Lead™ program.

Contact Us

For more information about Learning to Lead™, please contact Ashley Milbury, Youth Program Manager at or 604-683-7635 x 221.

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Minerva BC is a registered charity dedicated to changing the face of leadership in BC. Since 1999 we have worked to advance gender equality by expanding education, career and leadership opportunities for women.

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