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The LIT program helps youth develop leadership skills and gain valuable experience while having fun with children. It allows youth to give back to your 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.

  • Volunteers must attend an intake night
  • LITs must attend both days of training to participate in the program.
  • Volunteers in the program must volunteer for a minimum of two weeks in July or August

Program Summary

  • For Ages 13-17 years
  • Registration opens April 1 (Program costs $25)
  • Intake Nights start in May
  • Training is in June and July
  • Volunteer positions are in July and August 

Intake Summary for Becoming a LIT

  • Part A: Complete the 3-step registration process
    • Pay online (Registration opens April 1)
    • Complete the online intake form
    • Attend an intake night
  • Part B: Attend two days of LIT training 
    • You must attend 2 full days of training, with 4 dates to choose from
  • Part C: Volunteer a minimum of two weeks in July and August
    • Volunteers pick a min of two weeks in July and or  August they want to volunteer for 

LIT Volunteer Opportunities (July - August, 2019)

Playground Programs

Join the fun at a playground near you. As a playground LIT you get a chance to participate in a variety of activities, from games and crafts to drama, music, sports and more. Gain experience working with 6-12 year olds in a fun, flexible setting.

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.

Becoming a Leader In Training

Part A: Register as a LIT (3 Steps)

Step 1: Pay the $25 Application Fee

Note: You must pre-register and pay to reserve an intake time slot. Spots are limited and they fill up fast! 

  • Paying saves a spot at one of the intake nights and your overall spot in the program
  • Pay options include: online, calling 311, or in-person at any recreation centre
List of Intake Nights and Registration Codes
  • Registration Nights can take over an hour to complete
  • Call 311 to register in one of the 7 registration nights, each with two time slots
  • For more information, call 311 or 780-944-7413
Date Location Time Code
Thursday, May 23 Circle Square, Community Services
11808 St. Albert Trail NW
Friday, May 24 Terwillegar Community Recreation Centre
2051 Leger Road NW
Tuesday, May 28 Terwillegar Community Recreation Centre
2051 Leger Road NW
Thursday, May 30 Mill Woods Community Recreation Centre
7207 - 28 Avenue NW
Tuesday, June 4 Clareview Community Recreation Centre
3804 - 139 Avenue NW
Thursday, June 6 The Meadows Community Recreation Centre
2704 - 17 Street NW
Monday, June 10 Circle Square, Community Services
11808 St. Albert Trail NW


Step 2: Complete the intake form before you attend your registration night

Fill out the Leaders in Training Intake Form (responses accepted starting April 1.) This form will give permission for the LIT to participate in the program.

Step 3: Attend the Intake Night you pre-registered to attend

This process takes about an hour to complete. At the intake night, LITs will:

  • Confirm training dates
  • Sign a photo consent form
    (needed so we can take their photo for their summer volunteer photo ID)
  • Have their photo taken for their summer volunteer photo ID
    (IDs will be given out at the completion of LIT training)
  • Complete a short interview
  • Choose their volunteering locations and dates
    • Placements need to be after their training dates
    • Site volunteer placements are first-come, first-served for selections
    • Some Facility and Attraction camps may be reserved for returning LITs
    • Please bring a list of weeks when you will be available to volunteer for your reference
  • Complete a Police Check (required for all LITs)

For your police check, please bring two pieces of government-issued ID (originals as well as a photocopy of them). One needs to be photo ID. Acceptable IDs are:

  • driver's license (or learner's permit)
  • birth certificate
  • Alberta Health card
  • passport
  • immigration ID card
  • citizenship card
  • Indian status card
  • permanent resident card
  • firearms card

Part B: LIT Training

All LITs must attend a 2-day LIT training session. You pick your training dates at the Intake Night.

Training Dates

Level Date Time
Level 1 June 22-23 (Sat-Sun) 9:30am-4:30pm
July 5-6 (Fri-Sat) 9:30am-4:30pm
July 12-13 (Fri-Sat) 9:30am-4:30pm
Level 2 * June 15-16 (Sat-Sun) 10am-4pm

* Level 2 is for LITs who have had at least one year of LIT.

Part C: Volunteer

Your commitment is to volunteer at your chosen sites or programs for a minimum of two weeks.

  • You pick your volunteer placements (when and where you want to volunteer) at the intake night
  • You can choose to volunteer for a minimum of 2 weeks, up to a maximum of 9 weeks.
    • You can max-and-match placements. For example, you can do one week of the Green Shack program and one week of registered camps. It's up to you.
  • Volunteer spots are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis
  • For registered camps, LITs have to be two years older than the campers in the camp
  • You have to pick placements after your training dates
  • Camps and some playgrounds sites do fill up fast, so come with backup ideas that would work best for you if you are planning your placements before you attend the intake night


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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