Leadership Cornerstone

Cornerstone is a leadership and empowerment program for youth grades 7-12. Our goal is to empower our youth with the knowledge and skills to make positive choices in their lives and providing space to utilize their creative skills to make a difference in the community. We will be engaging in activities that will enhance their skill sets, improve self-esteem and provide opportunity to try new and exciting activities. The Cornerstone program revolves around five core areas:

  • Teamwork
  • Leadership
  • Service to the Youth Centre and Community
  • Healthy Choices
  • Learning for Life

Throughout their time in the Cornerstone program, youth will be participating in activities and projects that support these core areas.

Previously, the club has worked on a couple of community service projects that have helped organizations in our community:

  • Pennies for Presents – The Youth collected change from people in their communities to raise money to buy presents for the Christmas Hampers.
  • Community Coats – The Youth were asked to bring in any outer wear that was not being used in order to donate them to the community coats program.

Service to the Centre involves participation from the entire group through fundraising to help facilitate some additional activities that we may be able to engage in (i.e. Fusion field trips, Leadership Retreat) and volunteering. As an example, a Jelly Bean Dance was held for children ages 6-12 and the group decided that half the proceeds would go to the Centre and the other half would be donated to a community charity. This event raised over $500.As part of the Healthy Choices and Learning For Life portion, we will be focusing on different  topics throughout the month. The group will participate in activities that relate to these issues and will be creating projects based on the information they receive. Topics include :

  • Nutrition
  • Local Health issues – smoking, drug and alcohol Awareness, self-esteem, body image, etc.
  • Physical Activity

Our goal is to bring in some outside presenters to facilitate some of these discussions to ensure our Youth receive accurate and age-appropriate information.

The focus of all of our activities is to ensure that the group learns to work together within  their projects and to facilitate personal growth as they strive to be leaders in the community. The Leadership Cornerstone program runs every Tuesday night, 6:30-9:00pm and includes dinner that is prepared by the group.

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