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Ontario Trillium Foundation

The Community Builders Youth Leadership Institute is a program that takes elementary students through three years of leadership development in the areas of inclusion, non-violent conflict resolution, and peer support listening.

The young leaders begin the program when they are in grade 4 or 5. Each year they attend a very full experiential four-day leadership institute with students from 4 to 5 other schools in their area. Teams of 8-10 students attend with lead teachers from their school. When they return to school, they take leadership in a variety of ways. Their first project is to present student-led workshops to the students at their school. When the workshops have finished, they work together with the lead teachers from their school to design and implement other projects. 


Fun and effective workshops that incorporate music, drama and games for students, teachers and parents.