“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!® 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.
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
The Take the Lead! program as a whole and specific modules in the Youth Leader Training meets a number of outcomes in the Saskatchewan Curriculum. SPRA has created a document to show the alignment between Take the Lead! and Grade 6 & 7 Health Education, Grade 6 & 7 Physical Education and Grade 6 & 7 Career Education outcomes.
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!® Leadership Coach workshop or Youth Leader training, complete the online Workshop Request Form.
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.
The 2022/23 Take the Lead! Training Assistance Program grant is available now!
Groups are eligible to apply for up to $500 in support of implementing or maintaining a Take the Lead! program to build youth leadership and promote active play. Eligible expenses include:
The grant will remain open until January 31, 2023 or until all available funds have been allocated. Applications will be processed on a first come, first served basis and will be individually reviewed upon submission.
Download the Application Package
We’ve launched a new Take the Lead! resource that compliments existing program materials! The resource contains ideas for games and activities that are low-touch and promote physical distancing.
Whether or not you are currently involved in the Take the Lead! program, we encourage you to access this resource in support of active and safe play for youth.
Request the Free Resource
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:
Take the Lead! Changes How Kids Feel About School – Ecole Centennial, Regina
What Does It Feel Like to be a Youth Leader? – Ecole Centennial, Regina
How Does Take the Lead! Affect the Kids? – Ecole Centennial, Regina
Youth Leaders “Know More Better” – Ecole Centennial, Regina
SPRA Consultant - Youth Engagement