Community Impact Through Leadership Development

Teen Leadership Breakthrough

Teen Leadership Breakthrough is a two and a half day interactive course that takes place at Camp Chestermere that will empower youth to advance their leadership abilities and allow them to create positive change in their lives. This course is intended for teenagers aged 15-18 who are currently in High School. This course is hands-on and immersive, requiring participants to overcome obstacles and complete activities that focus on various skills such as teamwork, focus, communication, character and self-confidence. We already know that youth have the power to rise up and become leaders and Teen Leadership Breakthrough is about making sure they know it as well. Our goal is to help young people shatter glass ceilings rather than slip into glass slippers. As they learn to take an active role in becoming a leader in their own spheres of influence and move outside their comfort zones, these teens will experience not only educational epiphanies but also personal breakthroughs. Teen Leadership Breakthrough is designed so that when students return to their daily lives, they are more engaged in their own success, more enthusiastic about the world around them, and more empowered to lead.

Teen Leadership Breakthrough Takeaways

  • Passion and enthusiasm to live a mission and set of values.
  • Know how to prioritize and keep focused on consistent efforts.
  • Learning when it is important to listen, when and how to ask questions, and how to articulate ideas powerfully.
  • How to work as a team, build trusting relationships, add to a group's success, and foster the best in others.
  • How to unleash personal power by facing fears and moving forward, testing the limits and learning one's true capacity.
  • Discovering what it is that makes you who you are.
  • Understanding the characteristics of being a successful leader.
  • Learning to value having fun with teammates while concentrating efforts on a common goal.
  • Commitment to oneself and the value of accountability.

Why our training Works?

Creating individual behavioural change, especially sustainable change, is the most difficult ambition of nearly all training programs. We have a course that implements proven practices for creating true and lasting change in the behaviours, actions and decisions of young people. The process, delivery, and approach of our programs serve as catalysts for changing behaviour.

Self Awareness:

Learning begins when individuals become aware of self-limiting behaviours, strengths, and opportunities for personal growth. During our program, there is time for exercise debriefing, journaling, and quiet reflection. These activities provide the opportunity for participants to “look in the mirror” and assess their performance. Throughout the two days, teens are asked to ponder what they learn and how they can apply it to their family, school and personal lives. By encouraging self-awareness and consistent reflection, they are poised to make necessary changes in their daily lives.

Building Confidence:

Repetition, application, and practice are key when it comes to perfecting performance. At Teen Leadership Breakthrough, each experiential process correlates directly to a specific attribute or behaviour. Rather than just lecturing on a variety of leadership traits, all participants of the program practice these behaviours and learn to implement them. Youth will develop skills such as accountability, communication, enthusiasm, focus, passion, teamwork and trust. It is by first experiencing the behaviour that will lead to overall performance improvement.


There is a significant difference between internal and external motivation. In our experience, external motivation is often short-lived and temporary. Lasting motivation and continued dedication come through internal motivation. The key is to allow teens to discover, uncover, and unleash their own internal motivators. The activities and processes that youth participate in during Teen Leadership Breakthrough enable students to identify what is important to them. Graduates of the program come away inspired, focused and internally driven with a renewed sense of purpose and direction.


The ConneX Program, created by Empowering Minds and offered through Youth Central, empowers the 21st century learner to share perspectives, cultures and lived experiences to construct their own points of view and to discover their potential impact as global citizens and leaders. This program culminates with a meaningful and effective Community Impact Project that challenges student presuppositions and deepens their understanding of local, national and international issues.

Aligned with the Alberta Social Studies 10 curriculum, ConneX consists of 10 weekly, in-class, inquiry based workshops that enhance citizenship through deliberate and meaningful activities.  Students build project management and leadership skills through the development and execution of a Community Impact Project.

ConneX in the Classroom

Through purposeful and thought-provoking activities, grade 10 students will explore various aspects of globalization and how they interconnect with it.

The ConneX program includes:

  • Empathetic role play activities
  • Videos that challenge thinking and expand realms of knowledge
  • Meaningful discussion and debate activities related to issues that matter to youth today
  • Self-reflection activities that focus on their learning and experiences
  • Research, project management and innovation processes
  • The opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge, concern and skills in a Community Impact Project