"Small acts when multiplied by millions of people can transform the world.” -Howard Zinn​

Homegrown Heroes

A4C is leading the way in spreading hope, courage, and compassion in the community. Through coaching, mentoring, and hands-on learning, we enable all who work with us to develop the skills they need to effectively lead the way for positive change. Be a part of this movement—everyday heroes who are committed to improving the quality of life of children, families and youth, in the Kitchener-Waterloo area.

Leader Intensive

Time of Year: Summer
Who: Youth aged 12 – 17

The Leader Intensive is an 8 week session designed to prepare and equip youth with the skills required to contribute to summer activity and program leadership. Themes include Teamwork, Supporting Peers, Self Care, Behaviour Management and Child Protection Practices.

Youth Internship

Who: Applicants should be 16 years of age or older
Perks: An assigned mentor based on interests and goals.
Commitment: 8 – 12 weeks

Prepare yourself for a lifetime of change, influence and leadership as you participate in a guided, real-to-life work experience. Develop your personal understanding and leadership skills, as you contribute to the well-being of the neighbourhood. Internships are offered on a person by person basis individually or in a cohort format. We will customize internships to the particular interests of those involved.  


Commitment: 4 month
Next Start Date: January 2021

Everyone has a God-given contribution that needs to be lived out as we go about our everyday lives: in our families, neighbourhoods, workplaces, among our friends, and throughout our communities. We invite you to join with others and participate in a 4-month journey. Together, through hands-on experience, dialogue, an inner city weekend, a 2-week international experience, study, story, engaged mentoring and reflection we will explore the basics of what brings about lasting change. Participants will have ample opportunity to consider and explore what their contribution might be. 

Learn more and read the heart-warming stories about how people are changing their neighbourhood one act of kindness at a time

Do you see a need for change in your community that you want to act on? We are here to support you.