StrongerU Student Sponsorship Program

"If you want something you've never had, you must be willing to do something you've never done."

- Thomas Jefferson

The StrongerU Senior Fitness Student Sponsorship Program pairs students from programs such as Health and Physical Education, Kinesiology, Gerontology, Therapeutic Recreation, and more, with senior-serving organizations such as senior centers and retirement communities.

 

Two students will be selected from the applicant pool to receive free access to the StrongerU Senior Fitness Online Instructor Course ($250 value) and a one year subscription ($240 value) to the StrongerU Senior Fitness Series which provides instructors with 30 minutes of new StrongerU class content each month. In exchange, the successful applicants will volunteer their time and gain experience by teaching a weekly 30-minute class at the host organization from July to December 2021. 

The Commitment

  • Complete the online StrongerU Senior Fitness Instructor Course. Typically takes between 8-12 hours. The course is completed at your own pace, but must be completed by March 31st 2021.

  • Learn your first 30-minutes of StrongerU Senior Fitness content between April 1st and June 23rd.  

  • Team-teach weekly with the other sponsorship recipient weekly at the host organization from July to December 2021 (approximately 24- thirty minute classes, classes may be taught virtually). 

The Impact 

  • Become a certified Senior Fitness Instructor​

  • Gain valuable experience

  • Help the host organization to offer a high quality fitness program to the seniors they serve. 

Click the button below to apply by Friday, February 5th 2021.  

StrongerU Student Sponsorship Alumni

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Winter/Spring Term 2020

Mount Royal University - Good Companions 50 Plus Club

Talis Aurini

"I really enjoyed the lesson structure of the course. They were well thought out and provided key aspects that a fitness instructor needs to ensure a fun and safe class environment. I would highly recommend this program to anyone new, or experienced, in leading fitness classes for seniors." 

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Summer/Fall Term 2020

Mount Royal University - Good Companions 50 Plus Club

Natalie Messer

"StrongerU was a fantastic learning experience!  Not only have I been able to expand my resume into the ever growing senior population but I was able to reinforce my previous knowledge and build on my technology and adaptability skills by entering this experience during Covid19.  While challenging, this was like a third practicum and has been so rewarding for me both professionally and personally with the clientele!"

Summer/Fall Term 2020

Mount Royal University - Good Companions 50 Plus Club

Savannah Grasza

“StrongerU Senior Fitness has provided me not only an amazing opportunity to work with a different age group of people in fitness but an amazing learning experience. The program has opened up many opportunities for me and increased my profession and personal social network. If you love fitness and working with amazing people this is definitely the placement for you!” 

Summer/Fall Term 2020

Lethbridge College - Blue Sky Lodge (Green Acres Foundation)

Kelci Trapp

"My experience working with Emily in the StrongerU Senior Fitness program has been amazing. From the very start of the program she has been great at coaching us and encouraging us throughout the process of learning the new materials."

Summer/Fall Term 2020

Lethbridge College - Blue Sky Lodge (Green Acres Foundation)

Christina Start

"The StrongerU seniors fitness certification has helped me feel confident  in my facilitation skills. My personal health has improved from doing our fitness sessions as well! It's been an amazing experience!"

StrongerU Student Sponsorship Current Students

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Winter/Spring Term 2021

Mount Royal University - Good Companions 50 Plus Club

Emma Naughton

"I am super excited to meet new faces and learn more about the StrongerU Senior Fitness.  I can't wait to get started and join this awesome fitness environment."

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Winter/Spring Term 2021

University of Windsor - Life After Fifty

Teodora Glisic

"Throughout my undergrad in Kinesiology, I have always had the interest in helping others with fitness especially seniors in my community. I am excited for this course, which will be an opportunity to gain experience and knowledge to help seniors in my community during their fitness journey."

Winter/Spring Term 2021

University of Windsor - Life After Fifty

Amanda Tetzlaff

"I was introduced to working with older adults in my Undergraduate degree in University through multiple courses and volunteer placements. Ever since, I knew that helping older adults remain active in the community was something I wanted to be a part of. I am looking forward to learning the StrongerU Senior Fitness program and being able to teach it to older adults within the community!”

Winter/Spring Term 2021

University of Victoria - Berwick House

Sydney Cervi

"I am most looking forward to helping others achieve their physical fitness goals. I am also excited to learn from others that I would not usually be in contact with!"

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