This toolkit supports young people’s unique vision of positive change in their communities. Lessons teach key skills such as goal-setting, analysis, teamwork, and planning and presentation skills, with a strong emphasis on collaboration and inclusive teamwork.
The secondary Difference Maker Program teaches students to identify and act upon their vision for creating positive change. It includes lessons that teach goal setting, analysis, and planning and presentation skills, with a strong emphasis on collaboration and inclusive teamwork. Students build towards creating and carrying out their own campaign to create positive change in their school or local community.
Students can receive Letters of Recognition from the Rick Hansen Foundation to recognize the time and effort put into their campaign and acknowledge the skills and experience they obtained through the Program. Please scroll down to download all the supplementary resources which go with this toolkit.
Learn how educators can use this FREE bilingual resource. Curriculum-specific lessons and activities introduce students to the concept of a Difference Maker and to the different ways young people can make a difference in their homes, their school and their communities.
To be used for in-class activities, homework assignments, and student projects.
Students identify personal passions by ranking causes in order of importance to them and examining why people value causes differently.
Student groups complete SWOT Analysis of Rick Hansen's Man In Motion World Tour in order to identify the qualities and strategies that can be used to overcome obstacles.
Students take an in-depth look at Rick Hansen's Man In Motion World Tour to learn the extent to which a reliable, well-balanced team is essential to successfully achieving goals.
Students apply the knowledge and skills from previous lessons and create a step-by-step action plan for generating positive change in their community.
Recognize students or staff who have taken part in the Difference Maker Program or who already do amazing work in your classroom, school or community. Available by email request.
Play this short animation video to introduce the concept of Difference Making.