Youth LEaD

Program Details



  • Workshops: 4:30pm to 7:30pm

  • Online Engagement: Self-directed, aproximately 1 hour per topic.

Delivery Method: Workshops & Online Learning

Workshop Location: 50 Burnhamthorpe Rd. West, Community Door Board Rooms (Above Suite 300), Mississauga. (The Sussex Centre)

Youth Leadership Education and Development

What is this about? Are you going to high school? Are you passionate about creating a positive change in your community? Do you see an area of need in the community to uplift the quality of life for youth? Do you have a social project idea and are looking for a place to bring it to life? Or, would you simply like to be engaged in the community? Then, the Youth LEaD (Youth Leadership Education and Development) program is an excellent opportunity for you.

Youth LEaD is a learning series specially designed to develop leadership skills in youth along with skills in project management, volunteer engagement, and service excellence.  

What do I have to do? You will commit to completing all modules in the program as listed below and join a like-minded group of peers from across the Peel region to organize a community service project. These projects will be organized to address social issues in the following areas;




How will I benefit? After the execution of the community service project, as our way of saying 'thank you' for making an impact in the community you will receive;

  • Volunteer MBC along with your Mentors will guide and support you throughout the program. 

  • A valuable "Certificate of Completion."
  • A description of your learning and the skills gained.
  • Your volunteer hours which includes hours contributed from the start of the program till the Participant Recognition Event.​ Ideally this will be about 20hrs depending on your contribution level to the learning activities.

Enrollments Closed


Course Fees

  • This course is FREE of charge to youth residing or attending school in Peel.

  • Participation is through enrollment.

  • The Certificate of Completion and Volunteer Hours are awarded only to students who complete the entire program.

  • See program outline for your required commitment.

Program Inquiries

Shaminda Perera

Manager, Community Engagement

Phone: 905.238.2622 - Ext. 222

Email: sperera [at]

Program Outline:

You will participate in 4 learning sessions and their learning activities, engage with the Youth LEaD eCafe, deliver 1 group presentation, implement a community project as a group, and participate in your recognition event. Here is how they are structured:

02 February 2017: Bringing a Project Idea to Life!

          03 - 08 February: Youth LEaD eCafe! (Online Engagement)

09 February 2017: Reaching Out & Gaining Support!

          10 - 15 February: Youth LEaD eCafe! (Online Engagement)

16 February 2017: How to Create an Awesome Event Experience?

          17 - 22 February: Youth LEaD eCafe! (Online Engagement)

23 February 2017: Pitching & Winning Our Project! (Group Presentations)

          24 February - 08 March: Announcement of selected projects ideas & project proposal finalization.

09 March 2017: What does it Mean to Lead Projects? 

          10 March - end of project: Social Media & In-School Promotions.

Between 23 April & 28 May 2017: Project Implementation (One day during this period).

01 June 2017: Participant Recognition Event


Meet the Program Facilitator: Shaminda Perera 

Shaminda’s lifelong interest is to help people learn and grow, and is passionate about assisting youth in realizing their true potential. He has over a decade of experience as an adult learning specialist and program developer. As the Manager of Community Engagement, Shaminda overlooks and coordinates Volunteer MBC's Step Up Youth Volunteer Ambassadors (SUYVA) program. SUYVA is an exclusively high school student led group that is focused on making an impact in the community through promoting and organizing projects to increase youth volunteerism across the Peel region.

Engaging his skills as an adult educator, in 2012 and 2013 he was called upon by Volunteer MBC, on behalf of Ontario Volunteer Centre Network (OVCN), to conduct the train-the-trainer model of Volunteer Canada’s "Volunteer Screening Training” to Volunteer Centres across the Province of Ontario. In 2012, he also developed “The Service Excellence Blueprint (TSEB)” for Volunteer MBC as a tool to help nonprofit and charitable organizations to build a culture of service excellence in their organizations. Volunteer MBC’s “Service Excellence” workshops are based on this blueprint. He also developed Volunteer MBC's "Youth Leadership Education and Development (Youth LEaD)" program which provides skills to youth in project planning, leadership, service excellence, and volunteer engagement.

He is a proud member of the Mississauga Cooksville Lions Club currently serving as the Club's 1st Vice President and Secretary. Shaminda also volunteers as a 'Welcome Team Member' for the Greater Toronto Airports Authority. In education front, at present he is working towards his Master of Education in Adult Education degree at Yorkville University, New Brunswick. His research interest is Knowledge Management in the not-for-profit sector.


Who is it for?

All high school youth in Mississauga, Brampton, and Caledon (graduated from Grade 8 to until graduation of Grade 12), who are passionate about making a positive impact in the community.

Schools, youth groups, and other professionals who work with youth are encouraged to promote and refer the program among the youth.

Participant Commitment:

We request the courtesy of applications only from youth who are able to commit to the learning activities as described above in the Program Outline.

Legal Disclaimer:

The content presented in the Youth LEaD learning series is for educational purposes only. The content is intended only for the registered participant. Any unauthorized use, copying, or disclosure is prohibited.

During the program photographs and videos will be taken for the purpose of program marketing and social

Program Sponsor:

This program is made possible by the generous funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Program Supporters: