The Facts: Leadership training provides young people practical skills in teamwork, time management, goal-setting, self confidence, and communication. Ultimately, leadership strengthens positive development and life skills learning, that youth will pass on to their peers and communities. More specifically, recreational and outdoor educational activities promote healthy child development, including stress management, social inclusion, teamwork, health, and overall academic performance. However, a child’s ability to access recreation is dependent on family’s income.
Leadership Programs After-School and in the Summer: Children in families making below $30,000 per year are half as likely to be involved in weekly or monthly extracurricular sports or arts activities as children in families making $100,000 or more per year. This is why the Leacock Foundation offers fee-free outdoor and recreational leadership programming after school, on weekends, and during the summer.