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SJA Connect

SJA Connect is a health, safety and leadership development program for youth aged 14 to 19 offered by St. John Ambulance Canada. This leadership program prepares youth to assist others in their communities during emergencies and disasters, and engage them through volunteerism in community projects, thereby enabling them to develop self-esteem and a great sense of community. It also provides youth the opportunities to connect with their community and build skills employers are looking for. 

Participants can practice essential life and communication skills in a flexible, youth-directed learning environment. The design of the SJA Connect program includes five delivery methods available for certificate completion: youth facilitator-led session, special events, team challenges, self-guided challenges, and external equivalencies.

Our objective is to engage and enable young Canadians to improve their health, safety, confidence and competence through training, volunteer service and leadership opportunities.

Our mission is to assist youth in developing personal life-long health and safety habits and to become confident community leaders.

Why Connect? What sets St. John Ambulance Health, Safety, and Leadership Certificates apart from other programs?

  •  Program flexibility (for busy schedules!)
    •    Youth-directed; participants get to choose elective topics that are relevant to them
    •    Valuable training and certificates required for work (e.g., First Aid & WHMIS)
    •    Development of leadership and communication skills
    •    Improve participants resume and employment skills
    •    Receive credit for applicable topics they’ve already completed
    •    Participate in a program that focuses on living a healthy and safe lifestyle
    •    Short and long-term involvement opportunities with the organization

Leadership Certificate: Level I 

Participants will begin the program working towards achieving the Level 1 Leadership Certificate. The core topics includes St. John Ambulance in Canada, Why Volunteer, Team Dynamics, Conflict Resolution, and Citizenship (Completion time, estimated at a total of 10 hours).

Leadership Certificate: Level II 

After successfully completing the Level I Leadership Certificate, the participants will work towards completing an additional five core topics to achieve the Level II Leadership Certificate. These five topics consist of St. John Ambulance Standard/Emergency First Aid and CPR-C, Introduction to Occupational Health and Safety, Emergency Preparedness, Balanced Lifestyles and Volunteerism Level 1 (30 Hours). 

Leadership Certificate: Level III

Ultimately, participants can earn their Level III Leadership Certificate by completing an additional ten elective topics of their choice from the following modules (minimum one from each module area): Health and Safety, Volunteerism and Community, Leadership and Community, and Life Skills

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SJA [Connect] helped me get my job! I’m working as a Heritage Interpreter this summer, and in the interview I was able to present my certificate that showed I’d attended specific workshops in Public Speaking and Leadership. They were really impressed. First Aid and WHMIS were skills that were great skills to boost my resume too.
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SJA Connect Youth Participant
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All the activities are done in a way that’s relatable, relevant and applicable to our lives and our futures. There’s no textbook for this.
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SJA Connect Youth Participant
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All the activities are done in a way that’s relatable, relevant and applicable to our lives and our futures. There’s no textbook for this.
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SJA Connect Youth Participant