VITAL is a youth leadership program for students attending Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute.

VITAL (Volunteers In Training As Leaders) is offered to high school students throughout the year from October until June. In October, participants meet once a week for the 5-weeks of leadership training. 

Following the training sessions, participants volunteer once per week in our BLAST program at one of three local elementary schools.  Participants will have the opportunity to earn at least 20 hours of community service.

There is no fee for the program, however, registration is required.  Spaces are limited. For more information, please call our City Programs Manager at 416-466-9987 Ext. 305 or email

Volunteers In Training As Leaders

During the five VITAL leadership training sessions, participants develop leadership skills and positive character qualities that will prepare them to effectively work with the youth in our BLAST after-school program. Here are some of the fun, interactive things that go on during the program:

  • Fun leadership skill-building workshops and games
  • Public speaking and job preparedness workshops – great for resumes and college applications
  • Planning and implementing activities at our BLASTafter-school program
  • Gaining certification in First Aid
  • Volunteering in their community and earning community volunteer hours.
  • Participating in the Leadership Field Trip

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Role Models: VITAL kids develop skills through games
VITAL kids working together to build skills

I've learned so much by volunteering. What I’ve learned will help me understand people better and how to communicate with them. I feel much more confident!

Role Models: VITAL lessons in communication


The Youth Leadership Field Trip is intended as an opportunity for program participants from our LED and VITAL programs to come together and explore challenges, consolidate leadership learnings and expand their personal networks and community connections. This retreat, either at a nearby outdoor education centre or at our own Moorelands Camp, gives participants the opportunity to connect with each other, practice the skills they developed over the year and reflect on how they will continue to use their newly honed skills after the end of program.

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VITAL leadership retreat

We enable kids to create connections, build confidence, gain competence and develop character.

The goal of the VITAL program is to empower young people to transform their lives and to become community leaders and positive role models.

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An Update from Lynda on COVID-19

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation and public health advice to stay at home, Moorelands Kids’ office staff are working remotely and our office will be virtual from Monday March 16th to Monday, April 6th. After-school programs will not run. Staff members are available by email or phone. Please visit our contact page to get in touch via email or our staff directory for a list of phone numbers.

We continue to accept applications for Moorelands Camp 2020. If you would like to make a donation, please click here or call: 416-466-9987 ext. 309.

New Virtual Programs Launch!

We're excited to launch virtual leadership programs while TDSB schools are closed. Check them out here: Virtual Programs.

If you need information on COVID-19 or health advice, please visit Toronto Public Health’s website. Moorelands Kids will continue to post updates about our services as the situation evolves.

Stay safe and healthy,

Lynda Tilley, Executive Director | Moorelands Kids