Youth Leadership

Home of the Leaders in Training (LIT) and Quest Programs!

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Since 1982, the Leaders in Training (LIT) program has been providing youth with the opportunity to learn and develop leadership skills, all while giving back to the community through volunteer work. 

The program offers participants basic training in areas such as customer service, public speaking and strategies for working with children (behaviour management, leading games and crafts). Our goal is to provide a supportive and supervised environment for young people to learn and try out these skills as they discover more about themselves and their community. 

Once a participant has completed LIT, they are eligible for our Quest program, which is “level 2” of LIT. Quest participants take on additional leadership responsibilities with training the LIT’s and acting as role models for the new participants.

You can email youth@nanaimo.ca for more information.

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Current LIT & Quest

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Prospective LIT & Quest

LIT Level 1

  • Wear YELLOW shirts       
  • Level 1 of the Leadership Training Program
  • Volunteer between 40-6o hours
  • Attend “LIT University”
  • Work toward completing their “Passport to Leadership”

LIT Level 2

  • Wear BLUE shirts
  • Level 2 of the Leadership Training Program
  • Volunteer between 40-60 hours
  • Attend and assist with “LIT University”
  • Work toward completing a more extensive “Passport to Leadership”
  • Can specialize in Arenas, or Aquatics

Passport to Leadership

  • Orientation
  • LIT University Workshops
    • Children 101
    • On the Job 101
    • Clowning 101
    • Teamwork 101
  • Additional Workshops (LIT x2 – Quest x4)
  • Fun Nights (LIT x1 – Quest x 2)
  • Special Events (LIT & Quest x1)
  • Sport, Art or Preschool Placement (LIT & Quest x1)
  • Daycamp or Playground Placement (LIT & Quest x1)
  • Community Involvement Placement (LIT & Quest x1)

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Volunteer Placements

  • Placements are chosen by participants at “Placement Sign-Up Night”
  • Participants chose their placements from a list of available options provided prior to sign-up night
  • Placement categories are Workshops, Fun Nights, Special Events, Sport, Art or Preschool, Day Camp or Playground, and Community Involvement.
  • The first hour of placement night is for Quest only
  • Placements are allocated on a first-come first-serve basis
  • Participants should have second and third choices ready in case their first choice isn't available
  • More placements will often be made available as the summer progresses
  • Only placements that take place during the program will be counted – no prior learning will be considered

Program Requirements

  • Leader evaluations
  • Self Evaluations
  • Completed Passport to Leadership
  • Title Page

Note: If any of these items are missing, the participants will still be awarded a certificate, and can continue working towards completion during the next season of LLIT/Quest. LIT must be complete for participants to register in Quest.

$99 Program Fee

This includes:

  • One T-Shirt (uniform worn to ALL placements)
  • Training (LIT University)
  • Orientation
  • Workshops
  • Fun Nights
  • Passports to Leadership
  • Manuals
  • End of Summer Celebration

Contact Information

The youth@nanaimo.ca email address will get you through to the Recreation Coordinator who oversees the LIT & Quest program at any time during the year, and to the Recreation Leader who is hired to oversee the program and the volunteers. This leader is full time in the summer (late May to the first week of September) and part time on the Fall/Winter (mid October to the end of March).

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Testimonials

Here's what participants had to say:

"I had a lot of fun volunteering; it opened my eyes to how great it is to do things for others"

"I got to meet a bunch of new people and do what I love...Volunteer!"

"I’m glad I had this experience this summer and I think it helped me in many ways. On way is by boosting my confidence"

"I had a great time. I’LL BE BACK"

Here's what parents had to say:

"Thank-you for this fantastic program. I really think the community benefits from it – in addition to the great things it does for the kids"

"Thank-you for a great experience. Our daughter really built confidence and developed concrete skills over the summer. Looking forward to Quest next year"

"My child was horrified that I registered her. Told grampa I had signed her life away. Made a big mopey drama show around the house that was driving me nuts. But then the independence and the success and meeting other people she liked became life changing"

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Registration - 2017 Spring/Summer Barcodes

Leaders In Training (LIT)

#152223

Quest Community

#152224
Quest Aquatics #152227
Quest Arenas #152226
Parent Information Night #152225

Workshops - LIT University

Children 101 June 12 #152229
Children 101 June 13 #152231
Teamwork 101 June 14 #152233
Teamwork 101 June 15 #152235
Clowning 101 June 19 #152228
Clowning 101 June 20 #152230
On the Job 101 June 21 #152232
On the Job 101 June 22 #152234

NOTE: You must register for either LIT, Quest Community, Quest Aquatics, or Quest Arenas in order to register for the workshops – no exceptions!

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Leaders in Training Program Philosophy

Park, Recreation & Environment believes that young adults should have the opportunity to develop leaderships skills in programs that will benefit their selves and their community. 

The Leaders-In-Training program endeavors to develop tangible leadership and program skills and should:

  • Develop self confidence and nurture self-esteem
  • Offer challenges at a rate appropriate to each individual’s developmental rate
  • Operate in a caring and safe environment
  • Allow progressively increase levels of responsibility and success
  • Be aware of and responsive to individual needs and abilities
  • Provide a mentor who is supportive and provides guidance
  • Be experimental in nature

Want to have the LIT & Quest Team at your program or event?  Submit a request form:

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Last updated: October 5, 2017

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