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Leaders "4" Life

Leaders "4" Life is about building character and developing leaders.

The 4 Components

Individual: Personal choices, Self-Confidence, Goals.

Family: Supporting roles with parents and siblings.

School: Planning, Effort, Achievement.

Community: Involvement, Contributing, Volunteerism.

Integrated approach to the program utilizes Camp Smitty and Clubhouse resources. Mentors / Facilitators include university and college placements. Measurable outcomes in areas of self-esteem, school performance, and volunteerism.

Program Overview

October - April: Weekly sessions at clubs (6pm-8pm) and seasonal outings at camp (Fall/Winter/Spring).

May - June: Special Events, group outings, volunteering and continued interaction with mentors.

July - August: Attend summer session(s) at Camp Smitty - Leader in Training, Counselor in Training.

Program Phases

Phase 1 - Ages 13-15

Focused on personal goals and foundational skills. Work with mentor, introduction to volunteerism, earn camp session (regular camp/leader in training).

Phase 2 - Ages 16 - 17

Expanded goal-setting, enhanced skill development. Work with mentor, increased emphasis on volunteering, camp experience (counselor in training/junior counselor).

Phase 3 - Ages 18+

Post-secondary education, scholarship opportunities. Act as mentor, sustained and expanded community involvement, camp staff (senior counselor, senior staff).

Macmillan Family Speaker Series

Each year four to five speakers are selected to speak to the Club’s Leaders “4” Life participants on a number of topics that help them prepare for life beyond high school. Topics include, but are not limited to: resume writing and interview skills, post-secondary preparation, volunteerism, and financial literacy. Speakers are also selected to address the current needs and/or pressures facing our Members such as substance abuse and mental health.

At a glance:

For more information about Leaders "4" Life, please contact Tash Raposo at 613-232-0925 Ext. 263 or nraposo@bgcottawa.org

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