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Opportunity for Youth to Be Leaders of Their Own Learning

By Contributor
March 4th, 2015

A new locally grown youth leadership program has been launched with a focus on developing self-mastery through emotional intelligence development.

Called Young Leaders Connection (YLC), the program aims young people between the ages of 16 and 24 towardsself and social responsibility, community engagement, and leadership.

“With an idle market saturated with job seekers, Young Leaders Connection steps up to the gate offering an opportunity for youth to raise their own bar and be leaders of their own learning,” says Laura Zeman, the designer and facilitator of YLC. “Through a fun, creative and engaging approach, participants can leverage information and tools for their personal and professional development.”

Zeman is a consultant who operates Engalen, a Nelson-based company that focusses on leadership, communication and emotional intellegence development. With a passion for leadership and motivation to make a difference, Zeman designed YLC as a way to support youth in developing their leadership styles and capacity as well as inspire youth to take on leadership roles.

For 2015, this unique and dynamic program is being offered through partnerships with Engalen, Selkirk College and the Kootney Career Development Society (KCDS). With Selkirk College as the facilitation partner and Kootenay Career Devlopment Society as the program sponsor, this springs program is primed for a fun and engaging and impactful adventure.

This Spring, KCDS is sponsoring 100 per cent of YLC participant fees for the first 20 youth. The program includes two full days of training seminars on emotional intellegence leadership and communication, yoga, creative visioning, goal setting, and a community service learning project. Upon completion, participants will receive a certificate. For an additional $99, participants have the option to test their EQ and receive a one-on-one coaching session.

YLC offers two separate streams of learning, one for young women and one for young men (ages 16-24).

“Young Leaders Connection is seeking partnerships that share a common vision,” says Zeman. “Our goal is to continue offering affordable, practical and powerful learning experiences to youth, so that they can catapult themselves into realizing their full potential.”

The program will take place at the Selkirk College Mir Centre for Peace—located on the Castlegar Campus—Young Women’s Workshop: May 16th & June 6th – Young Men’s Workshop: May 17th & June 7th.

For more information and to register for YLC, check out the website at You can also call Selkirk College at 1-250-365-1208 to register.


PHOTO CUTLINE: The Young Leaders Connection program aims young people between the ages of 16 and 24 towardsself and social responsibility, community engagement, and leadership. Nelson’s Laura Zeman is the designer and facilitator of the program.

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