Youth Leadership Programs

Children Are 1/3 of Our Population & All Of Our Future

~Select Panel for the Promotion of Child Health-1981
Youth Services believe young people in Maple Ridge have significant leadership potential, but would benefit from increased opportunity and guidance to develop it. By engaging youth in meaningful leadership-based programs, we empower youth to enhance their self-belief while making a real difference in the community in which they live.

It is never too early to engage children in leadership skills training. Youth Services is pleased to provide the following programs for youth aged 13-18. Check out the Arts and Recreation Guide for more information.

Youth Action Park Mentorship Program

This leadership development training prepares youth to become mentors in the Thomas Haney Action Park. Through training youth will gain certifications and build their skills as leaders. After successful evaluation youth will earn an honorarium for their time spent mentoring in the action park. For more information on the Youth Action Park Mentorship Program contact Clint Gamache at 604-467-7443.

Maple Ridge Youth Council

This leadership group is made up of youth aged 12-18 whose goal is to positively promote youth in Maple Ridge. With a focus on leadership development, youth will design workshops, plan special events and address social issues facing youth today. We are looking forward to new members joining us. Call Meghan MacMillan at 604-467-7497. The Youth Council meets on Tuesday nights at 7:00 pm beginning in October. New members are always welcome.

Babysitter Training

This course comes highly recommended and is often expected from potential clients. At the completion of this course you will have the skills and knowledge to confidently provide safe and secure care as a certified babysitter. Please note: Participants must be 11 years old or have their birthday during the program and before the exam date.

Babysitter Training Camp

The program is for those who want more than basic skills. Learn games, snacks, story telling, puppets and more. Successful completion is marked by receipt of a Red Cross Babysitter's Certificate. Please note: Participants must be 11 years old or have their birthday during the program and before the exam date.

Leadership Training Workshops

Volunteer & Employment Opportunities

Participants in these leadership workshops will be considered for volunteer and employment opportunities with Parks, Recreation & Culture. Don't pass up on these fantastic training sessions!

Games Leader

Come learn how to run games for children in this fun and action packed workshop. Participants will learn a variety of age appropriate games for all age groups, creative ways to split children into teams, team building activities and much more. Ideal for babysitters, youth leaders, peer leadership students and coaches.

Crafts for Children

Learn how to run and create a variety of crafts for children. Participants will learn the process of planning and implementing age appropriate crafts for a variety of age groups. Ideal for babysitters, youth leaders, peer leadership students and coaches.

Youth Futures Leadership Development Program

This summer program is geared towards youth entering grades eight to 12. Youth will learn what leadership means and participate in practical components to gain leadership skills. Participants will learn how to plan and implement games and crafts for children and other activities for children in a recreational setting. All participants will be required to attend a three-day overnight orientation, weekly training seminars and commit to 8-10 hours weekly for volunteer experience. Youth can graduate through the program's three stages:
  1. Youth Alumni Leadership
  2. Youth Futures Junior Leadership
  3. Youth Futures Senior Leadership
Youth Futures Registration Package