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Leading Innovative & Engaging Youth Programs (LIEYP) 2018

  Nov 5 - Nov 8, 2018 Mon 2:00 PM - Thu 2:00 PM

Transform your youth program,
your community and our collective potential.

This program is suited to anyone who is interested in high-level training in youth engagement and program planning to enhance their abilities as youth workers, mentors, social workers, employment counsellors, teachers, volunteers or recreation staff.

“It helped me work through the process of putting together programming for youth and think of new and exciting ways to engage youth in our programs and bring in the element of the community in which they live.” – 2013 participant

Leading Innovative and Engaging Youth Programs is a flagship HeartWood training program and is an essential experience for anyone interested in delivering engaging youth programs. Participants will experience a hands on exploration of leadership and facilitation techniques using an appreciative approach coupled with a service-learning framework.

This training is for folks asking how to:

  • Build and deliver programs that meet the real needs of youth (and that youth want to participate in)
  • Design transformative learning experiences using intentional programming tools
  • Incorporate debriefs, evaluation and feedback in engaging and creative ways
  • Deepen your facilitation practice

At Leading Innovative and Engaging Youth Programs we share best practices, applied theory, techniques, and experiential activities you can use to engage youth, deepen their experiences, enhance and build on their strengths and gifts, and identify ways to more deeply connect young people to community action. 

“The thing I appreciated most about this experience has been the comfortable, safe, sharing and caring environment that allowed participants to contribute in ways that felt comfortable doing so, while challenging them to step outside of the comfort zone once in a while – concrete skills and strategies to apply to our work with youth” – 2015 participant

Program Fee: $675 including meals & multiple occupancy accommodation ($750 including private room)
Program Fee including meals but no lodging $555

We have a small bursary fund to support the participation of those who may face financial barriers to attend this training. We can cover full and partial fees for a small number of participants - please contact for more information. 

This is a joint initiative of the HeartWood Centre for Community Youth Development and the Tatamagouche Centre, made possible through funding from the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage. 


Rena Kulczycki

Rena KulczyckiRena Kulczycki, (pronouns: they/them) is an activist & facilitator bent on building inclusive communities that celebrate diversity. Described as an inclusive, engaging and eloquent facilitator, they believe our most transformational experiences are those shared in environments of mutual support and respect, where our limits can be challenged and our ideas collaboratively cultivated. To that end, Rena applies their wit and skill to foster spaces where people may be authentic and vulnerable striving toward stronger and more honest communities of trust and support.

Connor MacEachern

Connor MacEachernConnor MacEachern has been working with young people in Spryfield, NS since 2010. Through his work with Chebucto Connections Pathways to Education Spryfield, he was part of team that developed a Healthy Living program for students in Grade 9. Connor is a two-time alum of LIEYP and used that training to create a program that builds trust among students and facilitators as they investigate ways social expectations affect their understanding of issues such as safe substance use, healthy relationships and consent. 

Adrianna MacKenzie

Adrianna MacKenzieAdrianna Mackenzie is the Executive Director of Chebucto Connections a community development agency in Spryfield. Adrianna got her start in youth engagement at HeartWood Centre for Community Youth Development 20 years ago and believes that the opportunity we have before us, is to transform the way we work with youth and communities to create a different future. Adrianna loves to build on the experience of those in the room and share learnings from her experience working with youth and service providers.

Brian Braganza

Brian Braganza

Brian Braganza is an experiential educator specializing in vocational counselling, sustainability education, masculinity, and youth engagement. He was prepared by Parker J. Palmer and the Centre for Courage & Renewal as a facilitator in 2014 and has led retreats in Nova Scotia and in the U.S. Brian has a 24 year history with the Tatamagouche Centre and with HeartWood Centre for Community Youth Development. Brian delivers experiential programs for men and co-designed T.O.N.E., Therapy Outside Normal Environments, a unique men’s therapeutic project, which builds men’s abilities to connect authentically and live into their wholeness. He lives in a straw-bale home he built on an old farm near Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. Brian is also a wilderness traveler, poet and songwriter.

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