After School Leaders

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Are you between the ages of 14-18?
Looking for something unique and fun to do after school?


You should definitely check out the After School Leaders (ASL) program where there's something for everyone!

The ASL program offers unique after school opportunities to young people in high schools across Winnipeg and Brandon. You will have the opportunity to meet people from different schools, work as a team and as an individual, be mentored by industry professionals, and build your resume with new skills and experiences!

Building Confidence

Creating Learning Opportunities

ASL programs are delivered by partner organizations throughout the city covering a wide range of interests, such as; culinary arts, comic book creation, musical theatre, film production, music creation, song writing, broadcasting, bike mechanics, science and technology, art, dance, and more. Programs run from October to January and from March to June; two days a week after school. Check out some of our previous programs below!

Music Making and Cinematography at Just TV

Youth who participated in the Just TV program had opportunities to make their very own music and videos with the help of top production equipment, first class studios, and staff and mentors who are currently working in the industry. Here are a few projects from previous sessions at Just TV:

Anti-bullying Video

Ali Fontaine Music Video


Culinary Arts at Red River College

The Culinary Arts program at Red River College in Winnipeg and Assiniboine Community College in Brandon offered youth the opportunity to learn cooking and baking skills, kitchen safety, and get their Food Handler’s and WHMIS certification throughout their program. Youth who participated in this program were instructed by professional chefs in state of the art culinary facilities at the colleges.

Culinary Arts Students
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Summer Work Experience Program

Looking for summer work opportunities? Look no further! Youth who participate in the ASL program throughout the school year are given the opportunity to apply for paid summer work placements in the field of their program.

After School Leaders Employment

Growing Positive Friendships


What is ASL?

ASL is a an after school program that offers students ages 14-18 in Winnipeg schools the opportunity to explore career options and identify an area that taps their potential and passion within the content areas of arts, science, technology, sports and communication.

Who are the partner organizations?

Our partner organizations are youth serving agencies throughout Winnipeg and Brandon and are subject to change as programs change. Some of the organizations who have delivered ASL in the past are; Manitoba Theatre for Young People (MTYP), Just TV/Broadway Neighborhood Centre, Red River College, The Winnipeg Repair and Education Cycling Hub (The WRENCH), Ka Ni Kanichihk, CanU, Freeze Frame, Graffiti Art Programming (GAP), Winnipeg Aboriginal Sport Achievement Centre (WASAC), and Assiniboine Community College.

Who is eligible to participate?

Any youth who attends school and is between the ages of 14-18 is eligible to participate.

What is the role of the Province of Manitoba?

The Province of Manitoba is the primary funder of ASL and is responsible for the overview and coordination of all the ASL program sites. The Program Coordinator is also responsible for visiting program sites for monitoring purposes. You can contact the program coordinator with any questions or concerns at

What is the time commitment for youth?

ASL offers two 10-14 week sessions during the school year; one from October to January, and the other from March to June. ASL sites run two days a week for 3-4 hours after school. Each program has a slightly different schedule, but all programs run between Monday-Friday and are finished by 8pm at the latest. Specific information will be made available on our website during the registration process prior to the beginning of each new session.

Are there any costs associated with ASL?

There are no costs to the youth to participate in program.

How do youth get to and from program?

Youth are given bus tickets in each program to get to their ASL site and back home at the end of the evening. They are also given an extra bus ticket to return to program the following day.

Is there food provided while youth are at program?

Every program day the youth will be provided with a nutritiously balanced snack/meal.

Will youth have the opportunity to showcase their accomplishments to their family and friends?

There will be a showcase for each program during the final month of program where youth are able to show off their accomplishments to their family and friends. This will look different for each program, but this process is youth led and they will have a say in what their showcase entails.

After School Leaders: Spring 2020

** All of the ASL programs provide a nutritious meal/snack,
as well as bus tickets to travel to and from program. **

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Just TV : Videography and Music Making

Dates: March 16th – May 15th, 2020
Days of the week: Monday and Friday, 4:00 – 8:30pm
Location: Broadway Neighbourhood Centre, 185 Young Street

Have you ever wondered how your favourite songs, music videos, YouTube Channels, documentaries and short films were made? The After School Leaders JUST TV program is the place for you. JUST TV has the latest in video production equipment, two professional recording studios, knowledgeable, creative, and energetic staff to help you learn the basics in your areas of interest. In addition to individual projects, participants are encouraged to work together in a group project, gaining hands on experience in acting, lighting, audio, camera operation, script development, writing, storyboarding and editing. Past participants have recorded songs, made music videos, Claymation videos, documentaries, short films and more. JUST TV is a fun place to get experience and tools you need to get started-and with the help from the creative, competent and friendly staff, you can create your very own video or song.  As a final graduation, participants host a showcase for friends and family to perform/present all projects created throughout program.

Students interested in Videography and Music Making at Just TV, should register online by March 7th.

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The WRENCH: Youth Cycle Builders

Dates: March 9th – June 10th, 2020
Days of the week: Monday and Wednesday, 4:00 – 7:30pm
Location: The WRENCH, 1057 Logan Avenue

Are you 14 years old or older and going to school? Do you like bikes? Do you want to learn how to build and paint a custom bike for yourself? Would you like to make money with your new skills? Sign up for the WRENCH’s Youth Bike Builders – After School Leaders program. Youth Bike Builders (YBB) taps into your mechanical potential by channelling your passion for bicycles. Over a series of 24 workshops YCB will give you well-rounded training for future employment, covering everything from basic to advanced bicycle mechanics, frame painting and riding skills. Each session YBB participants will dismantle and re-build a different bicycle component system. In the process you will build a custom bicycle to keep for yourself and one (or more) to sell – and you get to keep the money! And that’s not all: after completing the Youth Bike Builders course you will be eligible for a summer job at the WRENCH!

Students interested in Youth Cycle Builders at The WRENCH, should register online by February 28th.

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MTYP: Digital Film

Dates: March 2nd, 2020 – June 12th, 2020
Days of the week: Monday and Friday, 4:30 – 7:30pm
Location: Manitoba Theatre for Young People, 2 Forks Market Road

At MTYP’s Digital Film program, students will learn the ins and outs of what it takes to produce a movie from industry professionals. Participants will create characters, develop storylines, write a screenplay, compose or select music, rehearse, design, light, and shoot their own movie. Their world premiere will be screened at their final celebration at the end of the program. Digital Film is an exciting initiation for ASL participants new to MTYP, but is also designed to expand the experience of students who have taken an MTYP program in the past. Besides advancing film training and technical proficiency as important job skills for artists entering today’s work force in the cultural sector, this program values the personal growth and community building that has made the ASL program at MTYP a life changer.

Students interested in Digital Film at MTYP should register online by March 1st.

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Graffiti Art Programming Inc.: Studio 393 Radio and Podcast Mentorship

Dates: March 16th - June 18th, 2020
Days of the week: Tuesday and Thursday, 4:30 – 7:30pm
Location: Studio 393 in the Portage Place Mall Skywalk - Between the Bay and Portage Place

Interested in podcasts and radio? Have a story, song, or opinion you want to share with the community? At After School Leaders Radio and Podcast Mentorship at Studio 393, participants will gain experience in interviewing, writing, and recording, while having the opportunity to work with a series of local industry professionals in radio and journalism.The final goal of this session will be the production of a live-to-tape podcast and a corresponding Studio 393 ‘Zine, to which participants will have the opportunity to contribute visual art and creative writing through a series of art workshops in painting, printmaking and photography.

Students interested in the Studio 393 Radio and Podcast Mentorship should register online by March 9th.


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Red River College: Biotechnology

Dates: March 19th – June 16th , 2020
Days of the week: Tuesday and Thursday, 4:30 – 8:00pm
Location: Red River College, 2055 Notre Dame Avenue

The After School Leaders Biotechnology Training Program will provide you with hands on opportunities to explore fun facts of Science and Biotechnology. You will do activities and experiments like DNA extraction using Strawberries, Tablet Making (Aspirin Production), making bath bombs, elephant toothpaste and explore other fields like Fermentation, Bioprocessing, Animal Health Technology and Dental Assisting (making your teeth molds). You will be working in a laboratory setting learning to follow safety procedures, using different lab instruments. Besides gaining technical experience you will develop personal skills like time management, following directions and working in a group; all great additions to your resume. You will also complete the WHMIS( Workplace Hazardous Material Information System) program and receive WHMIS certification.

Students interested in Biotechnology at Red River College,should register online by March 5th.

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Red River College: Culinary and Baking

Dates: March 3rd – May 6th, 2020
Days of the week: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays 3:30 – 7:30pm
Location: Red River College, 504 Main Street

Since 2013 Red River College has partnered with the province of Manitoba to offer the After School Leaders Culinary program. Classes are held at the Paterson GlobalFoods Institute two to three times a week for 9-10 weeks, offering the students a total of 90 hours of hands-on training in our culinary and baking labs. Instructors are graduates of the Culinary Arts program at RRC and are well-versed in leading classes of up to 16 students through this introduction to foodservice.
Our curriculum covers entry level training to a broad stroke of areas within professional culinary arts. Students begin the term with a knife skills class which sets them up for success for the remainder of the program. Daily in our labs, students work on their own or in teams to prepare the assigned recipes after a demonstration and instruction time. In baking classes, we cover everything from cookies to pastries, yeast baking and custards. In our culinary classes, several days are focused on cultural food studies, while also highlighting nutrition, food allergies, and sensory development. Students go on a field trip where they grocery shop according to a budget, with shopping lists they produce as a group, based on recipes they select. We return to the culinary lab to create their menu, which completes a menu planning project where emphasis is put on being involved in knowing how to best utilize your time, money and resources when it comes to everyday food preparations. Students also study and write the provincial Food Handler's test as well as study the WHMIS system.

The program concludes with a reception, which highlights the students’ accomplishments and growth, as they prepare and serve a wonderful sampling of appetizers and desserts to supporters of the program, and to friends and family.

Students interested in Biotechnology at Red River College,should register online by February 26th.


Registration Form

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Partner Organizations


Broadway Neighbourhood Centre

Graffiti Art Programming

Ka Ni Kanichihk

Manitoba Theatre for Young People

Red River College



A partnership of:

Manitoba Education and Training • Manitoba Families • Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living • Manitoba Indigenous and Northern Relations • Manitoba Justice • Manitoba Sustainable Development / Francophone Affairs / Status of Women