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12 - 17yrs

Have fun, make friends and prepare for the real world!

Make friends, learn valuable skills and prepare for the real world by joining the Leaders in Training (LIT) program, a ten-month program for youths. Have fun with your peers in exciting team-building activities and build your resume by participating in rewarding volunteer opportunities that teach skills and benefit the local community.


LIT is a leadership program for youths in grades 7 to 12. It is a ten-month program where participants gain valuable experience and make a positive impact on the local community through volunteering.

LIT participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Develop group work skills.
  • Take on leadership roles.
  • Help to plan, organize and run special events.
  • Work with different people in a welcoming environment.
  • Participate in social activities and special events.

Program activities include:

  • Volunteering in YMCA programs and at special events.
  • Participating in group fundraisers and special events.
  • Attending weekly meetings.

Please note that the LIT program runs from September to June (breaks during the holidays).  The LIT program is currently available at the Castle Downs Family YMCA, Jamie Platz Family YMCA and the William Lutsky Family YMCA.  Applications for the 2019-2020 year close October 25, 2019.


If you have any questions or are interested in applying for the program, please contact a Leaders in Training Program Advisor at LIT@northernalberta.ymca.ca.

Registration Fee:

  • $100 for YMCA members/$165 for public (for the full ten months).

Please note all interested youth must submit an application before their registration is finalized for this program.

2018 YMCA Youth Exchange: Edmonton, AB

From March 23 to 30, youth participants from the YMCA of Northern Alberta Leaders in Training Program hosted the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka’s Youth Leadership Program from Innisfil, Ontario through the YMCA’s Youth Exchanges Program.

Throughout the week-long stay, participants heard from YMCA of Northern Alberta President and CEO, Nick Parkinson and toured the City of Edmonton; visiting, the University of Alberta main campus, the Alberta Legislature and meeting Edmonton-Castle Downs MLA, Nicole Goehring. The exchange group also made their way through the Rocky Mountains, stopping in Banff, Alberta.

From May 25-June 1, Edmonton youth traveled to Ontario, exploring the City of Barrie and Town of Innisfil.  LIT participants also attended a mental health summit, monkeyed around in a high ropes course and made everlasting memories.

The YMCA Youth Exchanges Program aims to “help young Canadians connect,” “create links throughout the country”, and “contribute to improved knowledge and understanding of Canada among Canadian youth.” “The Government of Canada, through Exchanges Canada, a part of the Department of Canadian Heritage, provides financial assistance for this program.”

Thank you to all of our in-kind donors who supported the YMCA of Northern Alberta’s Leaders in Training program’s host week in part of their national exchange.

Not Yet Scheduled

NOTE: Registration for this program is not yet open.

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