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Youth Recreation Leadership Program in Vancouver

This program is designed for students to consider the field of recreation as a career with a focus on youth. Students will explore using a hands-on approach how to enhance experiences in recreation, sports and leisure, and to create exceptional programming that fosters inclusivity, community and more resilient youth. Students will learn critical thinking, decision making and risk management skills that empower them to lead effectively and respond to challenges.

The Youth Recreation Leadership Co-op Diploma Program is ideally suited to international students and Canadian newcomers. Students who complete the program may work in a variety of settings, including but not limited to indoor and outdoor adventure learning centers, day camps, residential overnight summer camps, resorts, municipalities, and sports organizations.

This Diploma provides a pathway to work for any type of recreational organization including commercial, not-for-profit and government organizations. All the course material will be presented in such a way as to mitigate the difficulties encountered not only in the subject matter but also in the challenges associated with language, culture, and skills building.

Youth Recreation Leadership Program Course Breakdown

Course: Introduction to Youth Recreation, Leisure, and Sport

# of Weeks: 2

# of Hours: 40

Course: Value of Recreation Programs and Youth Development

# of Weeks: 3

# of Hours: 60

Course: Diversity and Inclusion in Recreation, Leisure & Service

# of Weeks: 2

# of Hours: 40

Course: Creating Safe Environments: Preventing Bullying and Harassment

# of Weeks: 2

# of Hours: 40

Course: Program & Event Planning

# of Weeks: 3

# of Hours: 60

Course: Leadership and Career Planning for Recreation, Leisure, and Sport

# of Weeks: 2

# of Hours: 40

Course: First Aid Training & Emergency Preparedness

# of Weeks: 2

# of Hours: 40

Cooperative Work Experience

# of Weeks: 12

# of Hours: 240

*The order in which students will take the courses, after completing the required Introduction to Youth Recreation, Leisure, and Sport, will vary based on the student’s start date.  Contact us for the course delivery schedule.

Youth Recreation Leadership Courses Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, successful students will have reliably demonstrated the ability to youth programming, critical thinking and decision making, risk management, program planning, inclusion and diversity, basic standard first aid and career planning.

Admission Requirements

Minimum Age: 18 Years

Education: Secondary school graduation or equivalent.

No Criminal Record (police check required)

Language Skills: Minimum 65% in either English 12, English Studies 12, English First Peoples 12, ENGL 090, or equivalent.

Successful completion of three consecutive full-time years of secondary school and/or post-secondary education taught in the English language in a country where English is the principal language.

Countries from which education in English is accepted:

  • Canada, the U.S.A., U.S. Virgin Islands, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia, Tanzania, and Ireland
  • Singapore, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Jamaica, and the Philippines

International Students must demonstrate intermediate level English with Tamwood Careers’ online test and interview. The online test and interview are exempt if CEFR B1, IELTS 4.5, TOEFL iBT 31, Cambridge PET (Merit), Tamwood Language Centre’s intermediate level, or proof of successful completion of Tamwood Business Communication Couse A, B and C in Tamwood Careers.

*Students who need to improve their English skills before getting admitted to this program can take English courses at Tamwood Language Centres.

Program Features

Learn from industry professionals with first-hand knowledge

Level up your career

Morning classes

Earn money by working while you study

Small classes encourage dynamic instructor to student and peer-to-peer learning

Join a student community of over 60 nationalities and build your global business network

Gain valuable Canadian work experience through a 24 week co-op work term

Option to transfer courses completed to a public institution for further studies and to qualify for a post graduation work permit.

Career Occupations

Graduates of this program will be prepared for a variety of positions in the field of youth recreation, including (but not limited to) Community Recreation Facilitator, Summer Camp Counselor, Summer Camp Activity Specialist, Youth Program Assistant, Youth Program Coordinator, Outdoor Education Leader, Guest Services Coordinator, Resort Activity Facilitator, Before and After School Educator

Co-op Work Experience

All students complete a valuable 240-hour work placement as part of this program.  Work placements will be in organizations and in positions that allow students to gain experience in the field of youth recreation and/or education.  Tamwood staff work with students to support them in securing their co-op work placement through workshops on resume writing, interview skills and networking skills and through job leads and coaching.

Visit our Work While Studying page to read more about the services and support you can access as a co-op student.

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