YMCA of Greater Toronto

Youth Leadership Programs

Develop your leadership potential.

Make new friends, develop your potential, and get involved in your community

The YMCA Youth Leadership Program will help you develop your leadership potential and provide you with opportunities to learn, grow and make contacts. If you’re new to Canada, then the Newcomer Youth Leadership Development Program (NYLD) is ideal for you! We will help you build valuable leadership, teamwork and social skills in a welcoming environment where you can make friends, and learn about your new home.

We're training tomorrow's leaders today at the YMCA

  • Be trained as a leader.

  • Learn how to take on leadership roles in your community.
  • Gain volunteer experiences and collect volunteer hours for school.

  • Learn about Canadian culture and society, and improve your English.

What Youth Are Saying

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“YLD provided me with a chance to interact with other youth, share different perspectives and meet others from a variety of backgrounds. Through them I was able to examine a wider range of possibilities.”

—Nadine, age 17

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“Before joining YLD I was shy. Because of YLD, I learned how to reach out and take responsibility. I also learned that it is fulfilling to help others and that you can have an effect on others.”

—Sarah, age 18

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“YLD taught me skills like how to make a resume, which helped me when I started to look for a summer job.”

—Trevor, age 16