Help Your Students Grow as a Leader!

Since 1998, WorldStrides has successfully hosted over 40,000 emerging youth leaders from over 15,000 schools. During our Youth Leadership Programs, your students will learn personal leadership skills and techniques that are needed to be an effective leader and that will also provide formulas for lifelong success.

This private event is a wonderful opportunity for students to strengthen their passion to lead. Our speakers use their engaging charisma to impact and inspire students with their message. Your students will walk away from this experience equipped to become active and responsible citizens, contributing positively to their communities.

In addition to engaging personal leadership lessons for all, WorldStrides can also offer teachers Continuing Education Units for participating and Students the option of earning High School or Pre-College academic credit (Click here for more info on our academic credit programs).

Capacity is limited, so secure your spot for our Leadership Events today!

California's Great America

2nd Annual Northern California
Youth Leadership Day

At California's Great America
Date: November 8, 2024


Southern California
Youth Leadership Day

At Knott’s Berry Farm®
Date: January 24, 2025


25th Annual Southern California
Youth Leadership Day

At Disney California Adventure® Park
Date: February 5, 2025

Valley Fair

Youth Leadership Day

Location: Valleyfair
Date: May 9, 2025


Youth Leadership Day

Location: Kings Dominion
Date: Oct. 23, 2025

Worlds of Fun Boomerang

Youth Leadership Day

At Worlds of Fun
Date: TBD 2025

Guest Speaker, Blake Fly

Let's get this party started.

I'm Blake Fly. Husband. Father. 9X TEDx Speaker.

I’m on a mission to spread appreciation, gratitude and fun in unexpected ways that help people and organizations build the kind of relationships that fuel growth, change lives and make the big vision a very real reality.

I still have a huge crush on my beautiful bride, Emily (we met back in the 90s), and I manage to lose every staring contest I have with our 2 kids, Koah and Summer.

I grew up in outside of Toronto, in Canada. As the youngest in my family, my key relationships were my Mom, dad, older brother, and older sister. I was in the marching band, had braces, 2 dogs, and a garage door covered in marks from neighbourly games of road hockey.

During university, I had over 6,000 roommates, and was responsible for managing one of the largest student residences in the country. Turns out, connecting with thousands of people gave me a knack for speaking to small, medium, and also massive audiences about building epic relationships at work and in life, through acts of unexpected appreciation and gratitude.

I spoke about the power of quickly building community and playfully creating cultures on campus and in organizations. One day I’d talk on how young people can navigate peer pressure, and the next afternoon I was speaking to executives on how to find balance, be even better leaders, and even more awesome parents.

By my late 20s, I was one of the most sought-after youth speakers in North America, delivering 140+ presentations a year.

Across the span of my speaking career, I have been on 9 TEDx stages, spoken to audiences of more than 6000 people, delivered training to tech-entrepreneurs in Indonesia, played drums in Times Square, played guitar across Southeast Asia, and facilitated sing-alongs for teams across the continent.

"I believe that unexpected joy and appreciation are the rocket fuel to creating epic relationships in work and life. Through my keynotes and coaching programs, I help people create more meaningful and memorable relationships in business and life, through a practice of unconventional appreciation, innovation, delight, fun and play."

- Blake Fly

Guest Speaker, Juan Bendaña

Building the Confidence, Courage & Resilience to Lead

Juan Bendaña is a renowned youth speaker, author, and DJ who speaks on high school & University campuses as well as conferences internationally. He speaks to 50,000+ students, educators, and parents across Canada & the United States every year.

He is the Founder of The 100 Day Playbook, a guided Journal that helps students build better habits, boost productivity, & optimize their life.

He has built leadership programs for schools & organizations such as Texas State University, Penn State University, University of Toronto, Sony Pictures and the Siegfried Group.

Through his message of Engagement & Action, Juan creates an environment that makes both students and staff feel inspired, influential, and engaged. Juan gets students excited about engaging with their schools & communities.

He uses storytelling, humor & LIVE DJing to highlight a message of Engagement, Leadership, & Decision Making that resonates with every audience member.

Every year, Juan Keynotes annual conferences, orientation events, & student assemblies that bring him to over 50 cities across Canada & the United States.

Juan brings a new energy to school campus’ and conferences. His message has a lasting impact that sticks with students far beyond the speech.

He is a former snowboard instructor, sushi expert, and can recite every word of the Lion King.

"We are all meant to have more confidence so that we can make things happen in life. I am so excited to be a part of this event and share epic stories and show how to make the most out of 2025 and beyond."

- Juan Bendaña

Southern California Leadership Was A Blast!

A special thanks to everyone who participated and was involved in our sold out Leadership Day this past February. It was great to see so many students, and we can hardly wait to see you again next year!

Looking for further Your Leadership Programs to enhance your college or career objectives? 

National Young Scholars Program - The National Young Scholars Program is designed to provide unique learning experience for bright, forward-thinking elementary school students and aid in their evolution into the next generation of leaders, innovators, and activists. During this six-day Envision program, students develop important leadership skills through hands-on experiences. They learn from influencers of the past and present and leave with a better understanding of who they are, what motivates them, and how they can impact the future.

The Junior National Young Leaders Conference (JrNYLC) - Join the premier leadership development program for middle school students in America. To ensure that students attending JrNYLC have the most impactful experience possible, the program is divided into two separate age groups. Discover all of the amazing opportunities the program provides.

Jr. National Young Leaders Alumni Conference (JrNYLC) - Alumni will gather in Boston to take their leadership skills to the next level. Inspired by our founding fathers, you will spend six incredible days practicing the life-ready leadership and communication skills you will need to succeed while also exploring the many landmarks of early American History among old and new friends.  

California Association of Student Leaders (CASL)The mission of The California Association of Student Leaders (CASL) as a student-led, not-for-profit organization is to provide a statewide network, which facilitates the development of ethical and responsible servant leaders.  At the CASL State Conference, student leaders are empowered to expand their horizons when it comes to their capabilities in cultivating a positive and inclusive school culture. From workshops led by professionally-trained presenters to awe-inspiring keynote speakers and everything in between, students will return from the CASL State Conference to their campuses inspired and equipped to shape a more positive campus culture for their peers. 


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Academic Credit and Professional Development Opportunities

If you are a teacher and would like to learn more about earning free professional development hours, points, or units, or a student and would like to learn more about earning high school / college credit, click here.

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