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John Gerretsen Youth Leadership Award

March 01, 2018
John Gerretsen photoThrough his compassionate and courageous leadership as a member of Provincial Parliament, and Mayor and City Councillor for the City of Kingston, John Gerretsen has devoted his career to enabling positive change, and to advocating for citizens, young and old, throughout our community and province.

In recognition of his long time commitment and stellar service to Kingston and the Islands, the John Gerretsen Youth Leadership Award has been established with the Community Foundation for Kingston & Area to support the leadership development of students in Grades 9 – 12 who would like to further develop their leadership skills.

The John Gerretsen Youth Leadership Award aims to support young leaders as they strive to develop their
potential: to understand their strengths, weaknesses, and leadership style; to set worthy personal goals;
and to develop the confidence, resilience, motivation, and skills to bring these goals to fruition. Growing
their leadership skills may include developing their ability to create and utilize support networks, to guide
others on an effective course of action, and to influence the opinions and behaviours of others to fully
participate in community life and effect positive social change.

DEADLINE: March 28, 2018

Eligibility:
Students are eligible if they are fulltime students at an English or French Public or Catholic Secondary
School within the boundaries of Kingston and the Islands. Successful applicants will have previously
demonstrated leadership in their school and/or community through such traits and activities as collaborating
with others to achieve a worthy goal, solve a problem or facilitate change; leading, advocating and
supporting others; being an accepting and inclusive role model; communicating effectively with others; and
by demonstrating commitment, character, compassion and courage.

Application Process:
Applicants should complete the attached form and submit two letters of reference that describe the
student’s character and commitment to leadership. Reference letters should outline how the student has
demonstrated leadership in the past.

Eligible Leadership Activities:
Students may submit an application for leadership activities that include but are not limited to the following:
a conference, seminar or leadership camp (e.g., Ontario Education Leadership Camp), a course or
program, a government related opportunity such as student paige; or any activity that furthers the student’s
understanding and skill in a specific area of leadership (i.e., environmental or social justice).

Rationale:
As part of the application process, students will be asked to share why they want to participate in this
leadership activity, what they would like to learn, how they will use what they have learned and how this
new learning will be shared.

Financial Allocation:
There will be an annual disbursement of up to $2,000 for the successful applicant(s).The annual total
disbursement may be allocated to one individual or proposal, or may be divided amongst several.

Proposed Budget and Funding Sources:
Students will be required to provide an outline of their expected budget for the experience, including a
breakdown of all costs (e.g., tuition, resources, transportation, meals, accommodation, etc.), and including
any funding amounts that other organization(s) and/or family may ( if at all) be able to contribute. Proposed
budget can be up to $2,000.

Timelines:
Student applications are to be submitted electronically or in hard copy to the office of their respective
Director of Education by March 28, 2018. Successful applicants will be notified by April 30, 2018.
Decisions regarding the awards will be made by a committee of senior representatives of School Boards,
Queen’s University, St. Lawrence College and Community Foundation of Kingston & Area.

Publication of allocations and recipients will include press releases, media opportunities and/or other
means. This will be facilitated through the Boards Communication Officer.

The student will have 12 months from the date of being notified that he or she is a successful applicant to
complete the leadership experience and submit expenses for reimbursement.

Contact Information:
For further information, please contact the office of the Director of Education of either the ALCDSB at
613-354- 6257 extension 448.


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