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Welcome to Youth Leadership Initiative (YLI), where we strive to bring together newcomer and Canadian youth aged 14-24 to foster leadership skills and civic community engagement. Our program is designed to provide youth with opportunities to explore various areas of community engagement, guiding them toward becoming future leaders who can drive positive change in their communities.

YLI is proud to be funded by the Saskatoon Community Foundation, which enables us to provide our program and resources to youth at no cost. This partnership allows us to reach a broader audience and provide opportunities for youth to develop their leadership skills and engage with their communities without any financial barriers.

What is the Youth Leadership Initiative?

At YLI, we believe that community engagement is essential for youth to develop a sense of responsibility and ownership toward their community. The program includes participation in volunteer activities, where youth will gain valuable experience, build networks and acquire new skills, along with leadership training, public speaking workshops, and team-building activities that help youth develop the tools necessary to become leaders. YLI aims to offer a space where youth can build themselves a platform to express their views and opinions, while also taking actionable steps towards bettering their community. These youth-led Passion Projects give youth real-life experience in fostering and championing change. Participants will have the opportunity to work on their passion projects and report on their experiences and findings from the program at the next Youth Summit in 2024. Our program also encourages youth to take ownership of their development, guiding them toward leadership roles and responsibilities within their community.

Our educational workshops and site visits offer a hands-on learning experience for youth to explore different areas of community engagement. By providing access to various organizations and experiences, we aim to ignite a desire for change in the youth that YLI helps shape into tangible, real-life results showcased through their Passion Projects. They will learn how to identify the needs of their community, develop and execute their projects, and learn how to work in a team environment.

We encourage youth to step outside of their comfort zones and challenge themselves by exploring different avenues of community engagement. At YLI, we believe in creating an environment that fosters personal and professional growth, allowing youth to develop their full potential as community leaders through hands-on experience.

Who can join?

The program is open to youth aged 14-24. If you are interested please contact us at

Application open date: May 8, 2023