Learning to lead

Learning to Lead™ is a leadership program open to Grade 11 girls, transgender, and non-binary youth. 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.


In May 2021, we offered an interactive, virtual version of the program. We were thrilled to work with over 150 youth after adapting the program to an online format.

From October 1-3, 2021, we offered our first ever Learning to Lead™ STEM program for self-identified girls who are curious leadership, and want to explore careers in the STEM fields.


  • 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
Program overview

Learning to Lead™ is a one-week program with Zoom sessions every day from Monday to Friday for 2.5 hours. In 2021, the program ran four times throughout May and June.


This program is all about helping youth to identify the leadership potential already inside of them. During the five sessions of the program, students learn some of the fundamentals of the leadership mindset, how to identify and lead from their strengths and values, how connecting with a mentor can support their leadership journey, and how to take action with confidence. There are presentations, guest speakers, interactive activities, and lots of space for small group discussion.



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.


One of the best things about Learning to Lead™ is having the opportunity to learn alongside 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 a video highlighting the benefits of the Learning to Lead™ program.


To learn more, please contact Ashley Milbury, Youth Program Manager by email at or by phone at 778-873-8843



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