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The Leadership Lab

An intensive leadership masterclass program, that offers youth leaders from across the GTA summer employment, volunteer opportunities, and OSSD credits.

Since 2011, Trinity has offered GTA youth, The Leadership Lab a one-of-a-kind, integrative and experiential, peer leadership intensive masterclass. Each summer, Trinity draws a diverse group of youth from across Toronto into an inclusive, non-judgmental, intentional community to heighten their peer leadership development and explore what it means to be Canadian.

During the six-week summer program, an intergenerational team of secondary, post-secondary students, and retired educator volunteers, work with Trinity to co-create new programs, training materials, and credit courses, that address the challenges facing today’s youth.

The Leadership Lab facilitates the development of sense of person, sense of place, community, compassion, and diversity. Trinity uses immersive processes that are as important as the products or outcomes.

Encouraging youth to develop deep thinking, activities include:

  • Intergenerational mentoring exchanges
  • Conducting social scans, asset and resource mapping of their home communities
  • Interpersonal and intrapersonal skills training
  • Field trips that promote an exploration of Toronto’s infrastructure and history of immigration, integration and inclusion (e.g. Fort York, St. Lawrence Market Gallery, Toronto Archives, Old City Hall Courts, City Hall, Queens Park, etc.)
  • Exploration of the city’s infrastructure, history/heritage, civics, arts, health, environment, business (e.g. Fort York, City Hall, St. Lawrence Market Gallery, Necropolis, Toronto Archives, Brickworks, Old City Hall Courts, Toronto Mounted Police Unit, Bridgepoint Health, National Film Board, Queens Park, AGO, CAMH, Ontario Historical Society, Rouge Park, university and college campuses, etc.)
    Conducting interviews and networking opportunities with representatives of many sectors of Canadian society.

The goal is to root the participants in the broader community, work with diversity, develop civic awareness, a stronger sense of citizenship and belonging.

Increased collaboration between older adults and youth (groups that don’t typically work together) in mentoring and leadership activities that support transitions and promote positive life choices for both young and old results in more vibrant cohesive communities.

Each summer brings youth the opportunity to explore a new “theme” with Trinity.

Leadership Lab themes are constantly evolving to support youth as they grow in today’s changing society.

Leadership Lab Themes have included:

Peer Leadership
Community Engagement
Urban Citizenship Wilderness Stewardship
Post-Secondary Transitions
Handling Stress
Canada 150
Emergency Preparedness
Mental Health
Inclusion and Diversity

Leading to the development of:

Peer-led workshops:
Civic Engagement
Career and Personal Development
Environmental Awareness & Emergency Preparedness
Handling Stress
Transitioning to Post-Secondary Future

Youth-led Community Engagements:

Walking Tours
Forums and Idea Exchanges
Coffeehouse Collectives

Blended Learning OSSD Credit Courses:

Leadership in a Changing Society (IDC4U)
Leadership and Peer Support (GPP3O)
Civics/Careers Studies (CHV20-GLC20)

What the Youth Participants Think

  • 95% of participants reported that the Leadership Lab helped them feel more comfortable in a leadership role
  • 95% of participants reported that they significantly improved their understanding of their community and Canada’s infrastructure
  • 85% of participants reported that the program encouraged them to explore their community further, get involved with other community programs, organizations, and opportunities, and reach out to their local politicians
  • 100% of participants reported that they were able to gain insight and ideas from the diverse group of individuals involved in the program
  • 85% believe the Leadership Lab would be beneficial to their peers


About Trinity

Trinity provides experiential and integrated learning using the arts and intergenerational interactions to foster peer leadership, personal development and community resilience.

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Volunteer & Career Opportunities

Trinity is currently recruiting Retired Educators, Career Counsellors, & Education Workers to volunteer as Trainer/Facilitators in our high school programs. Read more.


  • So happy to be able to bring to you, for the first time, Trinity’s art publication! The magazine is a collection of beautiful art, poetry, and pieces created by the #leadershiplab2019 team. We are immensely proud of the work we have been able to put out. Link to magazine in bio.

#torontoartists #artmagazine 
  • And that's a wrap on this summer! Thank you to every single member of Trinity Theatre for putting in your hard work, dedication and passion into your projects this summer. It's not actually over- we have a lot of things to change in our communities to better them, and each team will be carrying on their projects into the school year. Also, look out for new projects featuring members of the team coming soon! 
Also, thank you to Christeen Awad for the beautiful illustration! Check out her page at @shadowqueencreations.
  • New episode alert! In this episode of "My Neighbourhood," we talk about mental health- there's this misconstrued understanding surrounding mental health, and in this episode, we’ll be denouncing that. We will be sharing with you the history of how mental health issues have been treated in Canada. Also, we will speak with many people at Trinity Theatre about their experiences with attitudes towards mental health and how to improve mental health facilities in our communities.

We hope this episode can enlighten you.

This episode features Riya, Fiza, Charu and Ambuj. Thank you so much for being part of the podcast!

Listen to it via the link in our bio, or copy paste this link into your browser; 
  • The art episode is now out on the podcast! This is the first part of the art episode and it features our very own members of the communications team, Chantelle and Ariane. 
Some of topics discussed in the episode are about their inspirations, what it means to be an artist and more. 
Listen to it via the link in our bio, or copy paste this link into your browser;

www.soundcloud.com/trinitytheatretoronto/ the-art-episode-part-1
  • Trinity Theatre's podcast, My Neighbourhood is now out! 
If you want a little slice into people's opinions and experiences with mental health, art, history and more, have a listen! It's a very informative yet touching podcast, full of personal stories and detailed research. 
Go to the link in our bio, or copy-paste the link here into your browser to listen. 
We hope you all enjoy!
  • Finally, congratulations to team Malvern on their amazing walking tour! We would like to thank all the special guests, and everyone who contributed to the success of each walking tour. It has been an amazing summer, and we are so proud of everything our teams have accomplished.

#leadershiplab2019 #community #development

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