Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.
- Jack Welch
The Grade 6 Foundations of Youth Leadership at OELC is offered to Grade 6 students who are looking to learn more about the process of leading. They might already have a natural ability to influence others or show interest in leading others, but they are also keen to learn more about themselves as a leader through a variety of hands on and engaging activities.
This course enables the student to see themselves as a leader and learn more about the foundations of leadership. They will learn about the important relationship between leader and follower, as well as the life long process of being a leader. They will learn a variety of new skills that are the building blocks to effective leadership. They will be challenged to bring this new thinking back to their schools and attempt new challenges.
Leadership development will occur in group sessions, workshops and a variety of outdoor activities.
Leadership Development Sessions
Sessions focus on:
- Developing a sense of belonging, inclusion, purpose and self-mastery
- Developing, an understanding of each individual’s unique needs, interests, strengths, challenges
- Identifying areas of growth and strategies to foster that growth e.g. social interactions, working as part of a team, communication skills, conflict resolution, problem-solving, etc.
Students have the choice of three different workshops that allow them to explore new leadership skills in a variety of ways. The workshops provide the students with the opportunity to see themselves as leader, follower, and use new learning from the leadership development sessions to apply to different scenarios. While being active and engaged, students will see themselves as leader or follower, but most importantly allowing themselves to gain a sense of who they are in a leadership role and part of the process. Some examples of workshops include Dealing with Drama, Dragon’s Den, as well as art and movement based selections.
Outdoor Recreational Activities
Students have the opportunity to participate in many outdoor activities. This includes such things as low ropes, climbing wall, outdoor cooperative education games, as well as a variety of activities planned for free time.