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“Students that were trained in Take the Lead!® have become more mature. The leadership skills they learned and practiced during the Take the Lead!® program have transferred to everyday school life”

Take the Lead!®

Take the Lead!® is a program focused on fostering leadership skills in youth aged 11-14. Our youth know how to play best! Utilizing Take the Lead!® resources and training, youth can practice leading active play opportunities, providing more physical activity opportunities for their peers. Because of Take the Lead!® training, we are confident that these same youth will later draw upon these skills as they reinvest in our communities.

Program Outcomes:

  • Youth leaders (ages 11 – 14) demonstrate leadership qualities and self-confidence

  • Children are physically active for a minimum of 30 minutes per day in the school environment, to help achieve the goal of 60-90 minutes of physical activity per day

  • There are safe active play areas for children

  • Increased time dedicated to active, fun play during school recess, noon hour and the after school time period

  • Strengthened capacity of schools and communities to support physical activity for children

Endorsed by PHE Canada

Physical and Health Education Canada (PHE Canada) champions healthy, active kids by promoting and advancing quality health and physical education opportunities and healthy learning environments. 

In 2016, SPRA engaged PHE Canada to review and revise Take the Lead!® manuals to ensure they are high quality, current, and meet the needs of youth in Saskatchewan. PHE Canada officially endorsed the updated Take the Lead!® content and materials in 2018, saying that “the resource supports the aim and philosophy of [the] Health Education and Physical Education curriculum, is written clearly and would be applicable in the majority of recreational spaces.”

Some of the improvements and revisions made to the Take the Lead! manuals include:

  • More content on Physical Literacy, Fundamental Movement Skills, and holistic wellness

  • Increase in presence of cultural elements including Indigenous ways of knowing and understanding

  • Inclusion of more activities suitable for small and large group sizes

  • Emphasis on the benefits of outdoor play and option to lead activities outdoors

  • Re-organization of the training modules to increase ease in facilitation of Youth Leader training

  • Presence of content related to group management and creating inclusive environments that foster participation among groups of all abilities

For more information about the updated materials, or to request copies of the new manuals, please contact us.

To Host a Take the Lead!® Workshop

To host a Take the Lead!® Leadership Coach workshop or Youth Leader training, complete the online Workshop Request Form.

Where Can Take the Lead!® Be Used?

Any school or organization that wishes to increase time dedicated to active play, decrease instances of negative behaviour, and that provides services to youth ages 11-14.

Take the Lead!® Training Assistance Program

Apply to the Training Assistance Program for $350 or $500 to run Take the Lead! in your school or community in Saskatchewan.

Eligible expenses include: 

  • Expenses associated with training Leadership Coach(es) and Youth Leaders (i.e. facilitator fee, facility cost, mileage, meals, substitute teacher costs, travel, etc.)

  • Equipment that will be used to support delivery of the program. Note, examples of relevant equipment are available upon request

  • Incentives for Youth Leaders and/or costs incurred from recognizing Youth Leaders’ dedication to Take the Lead! (Youth Leader lunches, Youth Leader field trip, etc.)

Funding is available on a first come first serve basis and once funds are allocated the Training Assistance Program will be considered closed. \

Priority for the $500.00 amount will be given to applicants who will be running a program for the first time, or who will be hosting a Leadership Coach workshop.

The Training Assistance Program closes January 31, 2020.

How to Apply

Step 1: Read and sign the Understanding the Agreement (PDF)
Step 2: Complete the online application


If you have questions, or need assistance with the online application, please contact:

Kacie Loshka
Assistant Consultant
Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association

Take the Lead!® Success Stories

These young people have taken the lead! 

Watch these short video clips on YouTube to hear how Take the Lead!® has impacted the lives of young people:

For More Information


Kelsey Michaluk


SPRA Consultant - Youth Engagement
(306) 780-9219