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Exploring Career Choices Exploratory - Recreational Leadership

Exploratory - Recreational Leadership


Students will gain foundational knowledge and skills in recreational leadership and the human services sector and will be trained by qualified and accredited agencies to earn industry-recognized credentials including: First Aid and CPR, High Five and LEAD with a focus on children and youth recreational leadership. Students will complete HCS3000 in the first week of the program.

Students will develop vital skills including:

  • intercultural competencies
  • play leadership
  • physical literacy
  • adapted physical activity
  • children’s human rights education
  • career preparation ​

Program Benefits

  • Build confidence and essential skills that will support working in the field of recreational leadership with a focus on youth programs
  • Connect with a variety of key agencies and organizations including the City of Calgary, Ever Active Schools, Youth Employment Centre and the Calgary Public Library
  • Develop and hone employment skills through instruction offered in partnership with the Youth Employment Centre
  • Possibility of summer employment with the City of Calgary’s youth programs​
  • Credits - up to 14 credits
    in CTS and Work Experience
    ​(attendance dependent)

Student El​​igibi​lity

Open to all CBE high school students, who:

  • Will be 16 years of age by the start of the program
  • Are enthusiastic with strong communication skills, interested in working with children and are committed to teamwork
  • Are able to commit to the duration of the program and attend daily from Mondays to Thursdays from 1:00 - 4:00 pm
  • Please note: Eligibility in possible volunteer and employment opportunities may require you to have a Police Information Check completed


  • Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the Calgary Public Library (800 - 3rd Street SE) each day.
  • Students are responsible for catching up on missed work from their home high school when attending full day field trips.​

Program D​​elivery a​nd Location

  • In-person at the Central Calgary Public Library (800 - 3rd Street SE)​​

Program D​​ates

  • Semester 2 (February to May), Monday to Thursday, 1-3:30 pm
    • There will be some full day fieldtrips scheduled. These dates will be shared far in advance, once they are set.​​
  • ​Important Application Information

    • An application does not guarantee a seat in the program.
    • Students must submit their completed application package with signatures to their home high school Off-campus Coordinator or Guidance Counsellor. The school will submit to Unique Pathways on the student’s behalf.
  • How to Apply

    • The application deadline for February 2023 programming has now passed. Please talk to your home high school Off-campus Coordinator or Guidance Counsellor to start planning for future programs!
    • Applications for Summer and Fall 2023 programs will be posted in Spring 2023 – check back often!
  • Program Partner​

    City of Calgary

  • Application D​eadline:

    The application deadline for February 2023 has now passed. Please talk to your home high school Off-campus Coordi​nator or Guidance Counsellor to start planning for future programs!

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