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SJA Cadets Program

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St. John Ambulance's Cadets Program is a structured health-oriented programs that provides young people with opportunities for social, educational and personal development through training, local community volunteering service, leisure activities and participation at special events. Activities include First Aid, Health Care training, community service, camping and recreational events. Read more below for our program benefits and structures. 

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SJA CADETS (Ages 12-17):

St. John Ambulance York Region’s Cadets Program is one of the largest youth groups in Canada with over 200 youth and 4 Units operating in our region. Learn first aid, leadership skills, personal development and make new friends while having fun! Participants learn life skills along with helping to provide assistance at community service events under the guidance of qualified adult members. 


Administers, trains and helps to supervise St. John Ambulance Cadet Program participants.

St. John Ambulance provides a safe, well-managed service to the community and to those who participate.


• Having Fun!  

• Making New Friends   

• Social & Camping Events   

• Community Service Hours   

• First Aid Training & Certificates 

• Leadership Training & Experience

• Achievement Awards Program

Learn First Aid & Leadership!


York Region currently has TWO Youth Units operating in Richmond Hill, ONE in Newmarket and ONE in Markham. See our Unit Meeting Locations MAP.

Meeting are held on WEEKDAY NIGHTS from 6:30pm to 9:00pm depending on the youth unit and location.


St. John Ambulance, established in 1884, is one of Canada's largest and oldest not-for-profit charitable organizations, providing public volunteering opportunities, community service programs in addition to providing FIRST AID CPR & AED courses for the public. Our public First Aid courses help fund the operations of our volunteer community services. Our Youth Program started in Canada in 1933.

As St. John Ambulance is a world-wide recognized organization in over 40 countries, all our older Youth members strive to complete a minimum of 60 hours of community service every year to be recognized as being “proficient”. At the 10 year proficiency mark, a service medal is issued by the Queen of England through the Order of St. John and presented by the Lieutenant Governor.

​While our volunteerism opportunities for youth 12-17 years are catered for students with the intent of being an "active" monthly member in our organization in addition to working towards exceeding their minimum 40 community service hours prior to their high school graduation.

​Our “Active” YOUTH members also benefit through yearly First Aid certificate courses, which are the same as public First Aid courses, but offered at NO COST to our members. This ensures that all our youth members are First Aid Certified and able to provide First Aid support to family and in our community.

Along with providing Public Community Services, our program is centered on learning First Aid, volunteering in the community and completing proficiencies, which are like the badges programs you know of from other organizations.

The Cadets Proficiency Program is an integral part of the total St. John Ambulance Youth Program. It encourages Cadets, ages 12-21  to deepen and broaden their interests, talents and skills in many areas. Certificates and the Grand Prior’s Badge, gives recognition to St. John Ambulance youth who have committed time and effort to meet the required standards.   

The Grand Prior’s Award is highly regarded and issued by the Queen of England and presented through in some provinces by the Lieutenant-Governor. It is an award that holds acclaimed recognition and can be put on their résumés for future employment opportunities. It is the only Cadet merit award badge which may be worn on the St. John Ambulance uniform as long as the individual is a member of St. John Ambulance. 

Our program follows the school year curricular calendar where we take a break from weekly meetings during the summer and major holidays.

For our enrolled “Active Members”, there are always opportunities to participate in summer break volunteering duties as our Medical First Responders and officers continue to provide public community support throughout the year. 

​The FIRST STEP would be to complete the JOIN INTEREST FORM and come out to a few of our meetings and see if this is a program that your child / youth would enjoy. If, for some reasons, it is not a good fit for your child / youth, they can leave the program anytime. Please return all SJA uniform items that may have been provided to them as these are wholly owned by the St. John Ambulance charity.

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"Volunteering with St. John Ambulance, we do more than SAVE LIVES, we also CHANGE LIVES!"
SJAconnect - Youth Cadet

SJA Connect National Program is a health, safety and leadership development program offered by St. John Ambulance Canada. This leadership 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.

In York Region, the SJA Connect program is offered through our SJA Youth Program. Participants who join our Youth Program and who are 14+ years or older will also be enrolled into the National SJA Connect Program to benefit from its Certificate Programs. 


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.

SJA CONNECT - Leadership Certificate: Level I

Participants will begin the program working towards achieving the Level 1 Leadership Certificate. The core topics includes St. John Ambulance in Canada, Why Volunteer, Team Dynamics, Conflict Resolution, and Citizenship (Completion time, estimated at a total of 10 hours).


SJA CONNECT - Leadership Certificate: Level II

After successfully completing the Level I Leadership Certificate, the participants will work towards completing an additional five core topics to achieve the Level II Leadership Certificate. These five topics consist of St. John Ambulance Standard First Aid/CPR-C, Introduction to Occupational Health and Safety, Emergency Preparedness, Balanced Lifestyles and Volunteerism Level 1 (30 Hours).


SJA CONNECT - Leadership Certificate: Level III

Ultimately, participants can earn their Level III Leadership 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, and Life Skills.



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Uniform - Youth Cadet


"Grand Prior's Badge Award"

You’ll work towards achieving a proficiency and certificate in each subject at the Youth Unit meetings. Units usually meet once a week, and it takes around six weeks to earn your first proficiency.


The Youth Proficiency Program is an integral part of the total St. John Ambulance youth program. It encourages Youth to deepen and broaden their interests, talents and skills in many areas. Certificates, badges, and the Grand Prior’s Badge, give recognition to St. John youth who have committed time and effort to meet the required standards.


Every youth member must be given the opportunity to work towards the highest of all the Cadet awards - The Grand Prior’s Badge. This award is highly regarded and is presented, in some provinces, by the Lieutenant-Governor. It is the only Youth merit award badge which may be worn on the St. John Ambulance uniform as long as the individual is a member of the Brigade.

More information on the The Proficiency Subjects will be posted here soon!




Grand Prior Award - Youth Cadet

YOUTH SERVICE AWARDS - Community Service

The Special Service Shield is awarded by the Provincial Commissioner to Youth who have completed a minimum of 200 voluntary hours of service to their community. On completion of each additional 200 hours of service, an appropriate Service Shield will be awarded. While these shields may be worn on the member's uniform until their 19th birthday, these Shields will not be awarded to Youth subsequent to their 16th birthday. St. John Juniors are not eligible for the Special Service Shield. Only the highest Service Shield earned is to be left on a Youth uniform. 







Placement of the Award on a Uniform 

It should be noted that a youth member is entitled to wear their highest earned Youth Service Award Badge on their uniform until their 19th birthday after which it is to be removed from their uniform. Their highest Youth Service Award Badge should be sewn on their uniform just above the location of an optional name tag which is just above the right hand pocket of their uniform shirt. Some youth members may choose to place this Award on a work dress sweater if they have been issued one to wear.

Service Award - Youth Cadet
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