IMPACT Leadership Program
Welcome, Leaders of all Kinds!
The application period for IMPACT has closed. We hope to see you next year!
Are YOU Ready to Make an IMPACT?
IMPACT is an innovative and exciting leadership program for students. IMPACT draws from the Social Change Model of Leadership Development, and other models focused on equitable and non-hierarchical models of leadership. In the IMPACT Program, the approach to leadership development emphasizes personal growth, social responsibility, equity, collaboration, and progressive social change. Feel free to check out our frequently asked questions page, and be sure to also read some program testimonials from past IMPACT students!
Is IMPACT for Me?
IMPACT is a leadership program open to all students at Trent University.
IMPACT is for students who wish to engage in self-exploration and personal development, learn to work collaboratively with others, and develop a sense of citizenship through community engagement.
IMPACT is for students who care about social and environmental justice issues.
IMPACT is for students who believe in the power of leadership to affect positive social change.
IMPACT is for students who wish to engage in building an inclusive community of peers.
IMPACT welcomes individuals of all backgrounds, orientations and abilities.
How Does IMPACT Work?
The IMPACT Leadership Program spans a full academic year.
Students must apply to join the IMPACT Leadership Program. If accepted, students will attend a day-long opening retreat, four leadership-themed workshops, one weekend retreat at Camp Kawartha, and one day-long closing retreat. In addition, students will have four virtual meetings with small groups, which will be facilitated by an IMPACT Mentor. Students will also complete a 20-hour volunteer placement with a local non-profit organization in the winter term.
Important Dates for the 2023-2024 Year:
Application deadline is Tuesday, September 19th at midnight. Successful applicants will be notified by Thursday, September 21st.
Program participants should be available to attend/complete the following:
Sunday, October 1st (9 am-4 pm) - Forming and Norming: the IMPACT Opening Retreat
Wednesday, October 11th (2 pm-4 pm) or Thursday, October 12th (10 am-12 pm) - Values and Vision: Introduction to Social Change
Wednesday, November 1st (2 pm-4 pm) or Thursday, November 2nd (10 am-12 pm) - Power and Privilege 101: Unpacking the Backpack
Wednesday, November 22nd (2 pm-4 pm) or Thursday, November 23rd (10 am-12 pm) - When the Going Gets Tough: Controversy with Civility
Wednesday, January 10th (2 pm-4 pm) or Thursday, January 11th (10 am-12 pm) - Community Engagement and Activism: Finding Your Niche
Friday, March 1st (5 pm) - Sunday, March 3rd (2 pm) - Tending Your Inner Fire: the IMPACT Leadership Retreat
Sunday, March 24th (9 am-4 pm) - Wrapping the Bundle: the IMPACT Closing Retreat
In addition, students will be placed in smaller groups and will have four small group meetings with an IMPACT Mentor during the fall term.
The fee for the IMPACT Leadership Program is $150, to be paid with cash upon acceptance to the program. This fee covers the cost of all workshops, retreats, meals and program support. Subsidies are available to domestic students who identify as first generation, mature (age 21+), Indigenous, racialized, disabled, 2SLGBTQI+, rural, low-entrance average, or low income (OSAP eligible). If you would like information about whether you qualify for a subsidy, please contact Johanna Hart (firstname.lastname@example.org).