1-UP is a leadership program for young men in high school. It complements the development of its participants, helping them to become good students and virtuous leaders, giving them a competitive advantage in their personal and academic lives.

1-UP takes place every Saturday from September to April and is hosted at Ernescliff College, a student residence on the University of Toronto campus. The Christian orientation of the activities at Ernescliff is entrusted to Opus Dei, an institution of the Catholic Church.



1-UP’s mission is to prepare young men to become responsible, mature, and principled leaders, dedicated to the service of their families, friends, and communities.

The Program


1-UP is divided into two seminars: The Big Picture Seminar (for grades 9 and 10) and Filling the Gaps (for grades 11 and 12). Participants meet at Ernescliff every Saturday from September to April. These meetings include a monthly interactive session specially geared to each seminar and complimentary activities on off-weeks.


At the heart of 1-UP is one-on-one mentoring. Each participant is paired with a carefully-chosen university student or young professional, who helps them apply the program material to their everyday lives and shares academic and personal advice.


How can I explain 1-UP to my friends in one sentence?

1-UP is a leadership program for young men that fosters character formation and a spirit of service.

When does 1-UP take place?

1-UP consists of different activities that take place every Saturday. Visit Schedule and Fees to see how 1-UP activities are spread throughout the month.

What is Ernescliff College?

Ernescliff College is a student residence on the downtown campus of the University of Toronto that also offers various leadership and personal development activities for young men in high school and university.

Why is the Christian orientation of the activities at Ernescliff College entrusted to Opus Dei?

Activities at Ernescliff College are based on a Christian view of life that recognizes the dignity of the human person, the value of human work, and the God-given moral law. Opus Dei is an institution of the Catholic Church whose mission is to help people find God in and through the circumstances of their ordinary life. It ensures that a true Christian spirit is present in all the activities organized at Ernescliff.

So, is 1-UP only for Christians?

No. As a leadership program, the 1-UP is open to students of all backgrounds. Ernescliff College offers an integral and complete approach to personal development and character formation; the Christian faith informs this effort.

For those who are interested, Ernescliff also offers activities of Christian formation. Click here for more information.



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