About ASCEND Leadership

ASCEND Leaders set out on a new trajectory that transforms the way that young people think, act and engage with the world around them.

Leadership programs are varied and unique at each SWLSB school serving over 12 000 students. ASCEND Leadership provides a link to enhance the progression of learning for each program by supporting the school, teacher, staff member and students.

Since 2008, we have been helping students to develop their leadership competency and capacity as they take action to have a positive impact in their community.

We are moving young people from spectator, to participant, and into a stakeholder in a learning environment.

Every student has unique abilities, but what they sometimes lack are meaningful opportunities to develop the agency to use those abilities in proactive ways that benefit them and their world.

By linking the learning in the classroom to real world experiences, students begin to gain confidence, develop empathy, critical thinking and understanding as well as progressively developing the tools necessary to lead.

The next generation of leaders develop the essential leadership and followership skills of the individual and team.

Students are given meaningful roles to effect real change in our communities through the development and practice of these leadership skills. ASCEND Leadership works to support the teacher and staff member as they develop leaders in their school.

ASCEND Leadership helps students to explore their interests, talents and to pursue their passions while serving a need in our schools, communities, and around the world.

ASCEND Leadership is a trans-formative, multi year training process that equips young people with the skills required by tomorrow's CEOs and community leaders as they take on meaningful leadership responsibilities now.

ASCEND Leaders understand the team. Team building and effective teamwork is an art form that students learn through their dynamic roles throughout their years in the program. Students are immersed in team building, team management and communication, and evaluated teamwork.

Mens Sana In Corpore Sano Ut Prosim Aliis

A healthy mind in a healthy body in service to others.

ASCEND Leadership creates a climate for a broad set of goals and different dimensions of learning to overlap, interconnect, and become mutually reinforcing from competency to capacity and visible through measurable growth and outcomes.

Mind - We know that words without actions are meaningless.

Starting in grade 5, students begin to learn to lead. Students progress as leaders by understanding the exchange between followers and leaders. Over the years, each student explores their talents and different opportunities as they begin to understand their world and their roles in it with local, national and global community initiatives.

Body - We know that actions without understanding are empty.

Moving from intention to purposeful actions draw students and adults together. Through the art of team building, leaders learn to work to address needs in their community in sustainable and meaningful ways.

Soul - We know that inaction is impossible.

Everyone has a role. Everyone has opportunity. Everyone has a place. Students are encouraged to use the skills that they are learning in the classroom to move from bystander, to active participant, to dynamic leader in the pursuit for excellence as we seek a better world. This is leadership in service to the team and the wider world.

"What leadership meant and still means to me now is the fire to not only change yourself but to change those around you and to affect them in a way that will be with them forever. To be an example of respect, of love and of true leadership and that is not something that can be bought and is truly priceless."

Jessica Williams - 2013 Graduate