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Transform your youth program, your community and our collective potential.

This program is suited to anyone who is interested in high-level training in youth engagement and program planning to enhance their abilities as youth workers, mentors, social workers, employment counsellors, teachers, volunteers or recreation staff.

Where: Tatamagouche Centre, NS

Program Fee: $675 including meals & multiple occupancy accommodation ($750 including private room)
Program Fee including meals but no lodging $555

Please register by October 15 *

Register HERE.

We have a small bursary fund to support the participation of those who may face financial barriers to attend this training. We can cover full and partial fees for a small number of participants - please contact for more information. 

“It helped me work through the process of putting together programming for youth and think of new and exciting ways to engage youth in our programs and bring in the element of the community in which they live.” – 2013 participant

Leading Innovative and Engaging Youth Programs is a flagship HeartWood training program and is an essential experience for anyone interested in delivering engaging youth programs. Participants will experience a hands on exploration of leadership and facilitation techniques using an appreciative approach coupled with a service-learning framework.

This training is for folks asking how to:

  • Build and deliver programs that meet the real needs of youth (and that youth want to participate in)

  • Design transformative learning experiences using intentional programming tools

  • Incorporate debriefs, evaluation and feedback in engaging and creative ways

  • Deepen your facilitation practice

At Leading Innovative and Engaging Youth Programs we share best practices, applied theory, techniques, and experiential activities you can use to engage youth, deepen their experiences, enhance and build on their strengths and gifts, and identify ways to more deeply connect young people to community action. 

“The thing I appreciated most about this experience has been the comfortable, safe, sharing and caring environment that allowed participants to contribute in ways that felt comfortable doing so, while challenging them to step outside of the comfort zone once in a while – concrete skills and strategies to apply to our work with youth” – 2015 participant

This is a joint initiative of the HeartWood Centre for Community Youth Development and the Tatamagouche Centre, made possible through funding from the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage. 

Earlier Event: November 5
Together 2018 Charlottetown
Later Event: November 9
ACT 4 Global Change Youth Conference