Empowered U Program FAQs

You won't be taking notes, sitting in desks, listening to long boring speeches. Nope, from the moment you arrive you will EXPERIENCE and PARTICIPATE in every activity.

You make choices in your life, every day. What time you should wake up? What will you wear? Breakfast? Classes you will take? And as you get older there is more… Career? Partner? Kids?

Making choices, communicating and having self-confidence to make things happen doesn't always come easily. We know we can be a better version of ourselves… but the question is how?

The Teen Empowered U Program focuses on what is already inside you. What you learn is how to tap into those skills and abilities at another level.

No PowerPoint's, no long and boring speeches – this training is about experience! Through Neuroscience and Neuroleadership research, it shows that experienced based training is where real lasting growth can take place. We apply techniques based upon Neuroscience, HeartMath, Leadership and Empowerment to allow you to grow your next level.

Over two and a half days you will develop your confidence, motivation and resiliency so you don't just survive but THRIVE in today's world.

You'll Discover:

  • Empowerment
  • Confidence
  • Motivation
  • Resiliency
  • Trust
  • And building supportive and positive relationships

It's simple: Empowering Minds™ will reveal how to make positive choices based on your inner strengths, plus ignite some of your dreams for your future.

This interactive training takes place over two and a half days and is designed for ages 14 to 18.
It is experiential training with proven results measured at the University of Calgary.


Teen Empowered U runs from Thursday night – Saturday afternoon throughout the school year. At this time we do not offer the program in the summer months.

Currently we work directly with several schools in Calgary and surrounding areas. To attend a weekend, a teen must be attending one of our schools OR sign up for our frequent Public Trainings. The Public Training is open to teens ages 14-18.

To view the current training schedule, please click here , or if your school is not involved, sign up for the Public Training.


All meals will be provided starting with dinner before class on the first day of training (Thursday) and ending with lunch on the final day of training (Saturday). Please indicate medical conditions and food allergies on the form when you register your teen.

Camp Chestermere and Kamp Kiwanis are the primary facilities for Teen Empowered U. Typically each school uses a bus to transport the teens out to either camp, right after school on Thursday. Then on Saturday, YOU attend an Info Talk, attend their graduation AND then you get to take them home with you! (more on that below)

There are separate sleeping areas for girls and boys. Supervision is provided by volunteers and educators. Each dorm has bathrooms, showers and running water (yay!).

You are staying at a camp (in not-so-fancy bunk beds) so you need the usual: sleeping bag, pillow, clothes, towel, running shoes, everything you need for showers etc. Basically dress for the weather – you will be indoors and outdoors during the training (yes even in the winter).

Things that beep, click, flash, ring, vibrate and are of an electronic nature that distract you are not needed at the training. Any of these items will be held by the staff and returned at the end of training. Please make sure you leave these at home or that you leave them with staff prior to check-in. Believe us when we say… You won't even have a minute to use these crazy electronic devices any way!

We welcome everyone to the graduation on the Saturday. It's an exciting and powerful time. Caregivers, guardians or parents are required to attend the Info Talk on the Saturday too. In case of an emergency, parents are able to get into contact with their child through the school representative or as directed by Empowering Minds™.

It is mandatory that a minimum of one parent or guardian is present at graduation on the Saturday. A short mandatory Info Talk will be given prior to graduation. Please arrive at 12:15 pm. Friends and other family members are welcome to the graduation, which starts at 1 pm. The day will end between by 3 – 4 pm on the Saturday. Oh and after graduation, please take your teen home with you!

Although cliff jumping does sound exciting, we will leave that to the professionals. Experience-based means that you will participate in activities. We know through research that we learn the best when we get to do something ourselves. In essence, there are a lot of Team Building activities (like the Human Knot – don't worry it's just an example) and time to reflect on your experience. There will be no running or hiking or any special skills required – just show up and fully participate!


"This training is ridiculously amazing and an awesome way to get to know yourself better. By the end of the training everybody felt loved, united, strong and confident. Taking this training was the most amazing experience I have ever had, especially when I got to hear all the awesome things people thought about me" – Brant, Team #4001

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