Empowers youth to become conscientious members of their community through volunteerism, social activism and self-determination.
Youth Encouraging Lasting Leadership (YELL)
Who’s it for?
Teens (ages 13-17+) that are ready to take on the world!
What’s it all about?
It’s about youth that are driven by a passion for their community, the environment, and social justice. YELL is more than just a place to engage the community. The program can also offer an important social experience for those who are looking for a place to belong. Our youth welcome new members and guests all the time, no matter what! Diversity and individuality is encouraged.
YELL meets weekly to develop their strengths. Youth are supported by adult mentors and their expanding network of community leaders.
For many members, YELL holds a very strong social connection and is an opportunity to build healthy relationships with peers and mentors through sharing our lives and interests. To facilitate this, we have adapted YELL to provide a 1 hour, weekly “coffee talk” for youth in both Langdon and Chestermere. This is a less formal setting where youth will reconnect each week and discuss the social issues that are important to them. This is also an opportunity for youth to learn about what opportunities are available and receive information on how to get involved in projects and activities.
For the youth who want a more formal approach to getting active in the community. All youth are welcome and encouraged to participate in the council but must demonstrate commitment and work ethic to attend. Youth on the council show consistent attendance to meetings and using the time to develop projects and organize volunteer opportunities and events. Youth may sit on the council year round or choose to attend over the course of a specific project they are particularly invested in. Youth Council happens 1 hour per week in Chestermere. Langdon residents are also welcome.
What type of projects is YELL involved with?
YELL is involved in various enriching local projects, fundraisers, retreats and internships throughout the year. These include the following:
Annual Polar Bear Dip
Every year Yell participants brave the frigid Great Canadian North and take the plunge into an outdoor pool in Chestermere’s Annual Polar Bear Dip. Participants are encouraged to dress up like their favorite super heroes in support of youth programming in the community. Participants collect pledges and make a donation as they make the commitment to take an icy swim. All proceeds go to Synergy youth programs such as Creative Kids, YELL, and SHOUT.
Pretty in Pink (Anti-bullying Campaign)
Synergy takes a stand against bullying during February. Purchase your Pretty in Pink Button and show your commitment to be an ally against bullying. Though the campaign is focused in February, buttons are available year round because bullying is not just a 1 day or 1 month problem. Take a stand with Synergy.
All Candidates Forum
YELL has had the opportunity to take a leadership role in the community by hosting All Candidate’s Forums during both Provincial and Municipal elections. YELL members work alongside candidates in preparation for the Forum while learning about the political process. All Candidate Forums are open to the public as an opportunity to become familiar with the candidates and their platforms.
Youth Internship Program
Synergy’s Youth Internship Program gives local youth an opportunity to gain hands on work experience and real life jobs skills, all well making a difference in the community.
Each spring, youth ages 14 – 21 are invited to submit resumes to Synergy for the Summer Internship positions. Applicants are invited to take part in an authentic interview experience and then receive helpful advice on their resume and interview skills. Summer Interns are considered for both internal Synergy Internships and external Community Partner Internships when available. Synergy Youth Interns can be involved in a variety of activities, including but not limited to, assisting with summer programs, mentoring younger children and youth, assisting with events, assisting with office and administrative duties, acting as camp leaders, and more!
Youth are consulted and placed in a position that best suits their strengths, interests, and opportunity for growth.
Bucks for Ducks
Christmas with Dignity Children’s Story
The Christmas with Dignity (CWD) program is an annual campaign that raises money for families in need in Chestermere and area. Synergy has worked in partnership with Chestermere Community Services to host the Childrens Store. Money raised through donations is placed in a fund that is provided to temporarily help families pay for their basic needs.
Although ‘Christmas’ is in the name and the majority of the funds are used during the holiday season, donations can be accessed at anytime throughout the year when families in the community need assistance.
When and where does all this cool YELL stuff happen?
Please check the Event Calendar for program times and locations.
Register for YELL
What’s the cost?
2016 Synergy Family Membership for one child: $50.00
2016 Synergy Family Membership for 2 or more children: $75.00
How do I sign my youth up?
Apply for a Synergy Family Membership by filling out a membership form. Membership entitles youth to participate in all meetings in both locations, along with various perks and discounts!
Need more information?
Youth Program Facilitator