About SJA Connect


SJA Connect is a youth health, safety and leadership development program for young people aged 14 to 19 offered by St. John Ambulance Canada. It is designed to improve the health, safety, confidence and competencies of youth through training, volunteer service and leadership opportunities. Our goal is to assist youth in developing personal life-long health and safety habits and to become confident community leaders.

This leadership certificate 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 six delivery methods available for certificate completion: facilitator-led session, special events, team challenges, self-guided challenges, online learning and external equivalencies.

There are three levels of certificates:

Leadership Certificate: Level I

Participants will begin the program working towards achieving the Leadership Level I Certificate. The core topics within this certificate includes the following:

  • St. John Ambulance in Canada
  • Why Volunteer
  • Team Dynamics
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Citizenship

(Completion time, estimated at a total of 10 hours).

Leadership Certificate: Level II

After successfully completing the Leadership Level I Certificate, the participants will work towards completing an additional five core topics to achieve the Leadership Level II Certificate. These five topics consist of:

  • St. John Ambulance Standard First Aid/CPR-C
  • Introduction to Occupational Health and Safety
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Balanced Lifestyles
  • Volunteerism Level 1 (30 Hours)

Leadership Certificate: Level III

Ultimately, participants can earn their Leadership Level III Certificate by completing an additional ten elective topics of their choice from the following modules:

  • St. John Ambulance
  • Health and Safety
  • Volunteerism and Community
  • Leadership and Community
  • Life Skills