The Leading, Educating, Active Females (LEAF) program is a provincial initiative that uses Motivate Canada’s Youth Driven Development (YDD) Framework with the Canadian Sport for Life’s Physical Literacy Assessment for Youth training to support the healthy development of young females across Ontario. Using peer role modeling in a process of self-discovery through leadership, education, mentorship and physical activity, the LEAF project will build confidence and enhance capacity to create and implement health-focused action projects for girls and young women in their community. Female youth facilitators will receive training, and work with a local community partner to provide young women and girls with opportunities to participate in sport and physical activity that is safe, inclusive and fun. Women and girls report more barriers to sport and physical activity participation across the lifespan, affecting their involvement as participants, athletes, coaches, officials and leaders. The LEAF project is designed with these barriers in mind and will seek to improve accessibility to physical activity initiatives for girls and young women using a comprehensive approach, which is centred on our YDD principles.
The training will take place at the Mattamy Athletic Centre and accommodations will be provided at the Courtyard Marriott Downtown Toronto.
The LEAF program is supported by the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund.