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Volunteer opportunities in Attraction and Recreation facilities are cancelled until further notice.

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The Leaders in Training (LIT) program is for youth (ages 13-17) to develop leadership skills and gain valuable volunteering experience while having fun with children. It allows youth to give back to their community and earn leadership or volunteer hours for school too.

A Leader In Training (LIT) volunteers with City of Edmonton recreation leaders to run summer programs for children.

How to Become a 'Leader in Training' (LIT)

Pay your $25 fee for the program through MoveLearnPlay (April 14th)

Complete the "2020 Leaders in Training Application"

Please submit your Volunteer Placement Requests with the application. 
There is no longer a requirement for a Police Information Check.

Training dates will be sent to you to register, once we have confirmed the dates and locations.

The Leaders in Training Experience - New for 2020

LIT Rookie

1st Year in the Program

Skills you will learn:

  • Behaviour management
  • Risk Management
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Sports & Games
  • Songs
  • Program Planning
  • Intro to Leadership
  • Communication Skills
  • Basic Interview Skills
  • Confidentiality


  • Minimum of 2 weeks (70hrs)
  • Must complete 1 week of Green Shack Playground Program
  • Must attend 2 days of training

LIT Junior

2nd Year (or more) in the Program

Skills you will learn (in addition to Rookies):

  • Intermediate Leadership
  • Professionalism
  • Peer Mentoring
  • Resume Building
  • Intermediate Interview Skills
  • Communication & Listening
  • Refereeing Games


  • Must attend 2 days of training
  • Minimum of 2 weeks (70hrs)
  • Plan at least 2 activities or crafts per week
  • Mentor a Rookie LIT

LIT Volunteer Opportunities (July - August, 2020)

Green Shack Playground

Free, Drop-in Programs

Each day of the week you will get to be active and experience a variety of arts, games, sports, and free play! All Green Shack programs have different events that happen throughout the summer. Gain experience working with 6-12-year-olds in a fun and flexible setting! This is your opportunity to share your favourite hobbies and skills.

Day Camps

Registered Programs

Work out of a community facility, City facility or City attraction with children ages 3-12 years in a week-long themed program including sports, drama, science and more. Some registered programs also go on plenty of field trips.

Note: For registered camps, volunteers must be 2 years older than the camp's oldest listed participant age.

Junior Urban Farmer

Volunteer at the Edmonton Valley Zoo Urban Farm. Volunteers help with cleaning and feeding animals in the Urban Farm, and making sure Zoo guests have a positive interaction with the Farm.

Junior Naturalist

Volunteer at the John Janzen Nature Centre to help others learn about nature. Junior Naturalists will work with John Janzen Nature Centre staff to gain leadership skills and help children and youth that drop by the centre to learn more about nature.


LITs are eligible for volunteer appreciation if they log their hours in BetterImpact in the same year in which they volunteered.

  • If you log 20 hours, you get 2 one-day rec passes for a City attraction or recreation facility
  • If you complete your 2-week commitment, you will get invited to the year-end LIT party in August
  • If you log 120 hours, you get a free season's recreation and attractions pass for the next year

Log Volunteer Hours

LIT Coordinators

There are 4 LIT coordinators who will be your guides this summer. You can reach them at 780-944-7413 starting in mid-May, or email them at

For More Information

Leaders in Training Program




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