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?
IIt’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. Youth are supported by adult mentors and their expanding network of community leaders. YELL has two unique programs, Coffee Talk and Youth Council, and teens are invited to participate in either or both!
When and where does it happen?
YELL meets weekly during the school year and participates in a variety of additional retreats, events, and volunteer opportunities. Please check the Event Calendar for program times and locations.
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. Coffee Talk uses a peer support model to allow youth to open up to one another in a safe and supportive environment.
The YELL Youth Council is for the youth who want to engage in a formal, resume building, leadership program. Youth Council now incorporates the City of Calgary LEAD curriculum to add recognition to all the work the teens do throughout the year. Teens can earn a LEAD certificate that is recognized in and around Calgary, as well as on post-secondary and scholarship applications. 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 use 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 is open to Chestermere, Langdon, and SE Rocky View residents.
What type of projects is YELL involved with?
YELL is involved in various local projects, fundraisers, retreats and volunteer opportunities throughout the year. These include the following:
To complete their LEAD Certificates, Youth Council Members must complete no less than 20 hours of volunteer service throughout Chestermere, SE Rocky View, Calgary, and area. The volunteer service must be with or for the benefit of not-for-profit, charitable, or social justice projects.
Pretty in Pink (Anti-bullying Campaign)
During the month of February Youth Council runs a campaign to help combat bullying. Youth Council members hand make and sell Pretty in Pink buttons to raise funds for anti-bullying efforts in the community. Youth Council also creates and presents assemblies at local schools to raise awareness around bullying and its harmful effects.
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 while making a difference in the community.
Each spring, youth ages 15 – 21 are invited to submit resumes to Synergy for summer and school year Internship positions. Applicants are invited to take part in an authentic interview experience and then receive helpful advice on their resume and interview skills. 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.
Ducks For Bucks
Langdon Children’s Christmas Store
YELL is proud to support the Langdon Children’s Christmas Extravaganza each year at Mountain View Credit Union in Langdon. Youth volunteers help children shop for secret gifts for family members and offer face painting to children while they wait. All proceeds raised from this event are donated to the SE Rocky View Food Bank.
When and where does all this cool YELL stuff happen?
Please check the Event Calendar for program times and locations.
Register for YELL
To participate in YELL, teens must have a Synergy Family Membership.
Membership entitles youth to participate in all meetings in both locations, along with various perks and discounts! We keep the cost of memberships low to reduce barriers to participation but rely on the small fee to keep the programs running. Our membership year runs from September 1 – August 31 to keep in line with the school year, however, youth may join at any time during the year.
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