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. 

Difference Maker

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.

Supplemental Resources

Accessible E-Book Word Format: Man in Motion

 In this poignant story, discover how Rick and his team found the courage and determination to persevere against all odds, proving to the world that one person can make a difference.  An epic tale of adventure, friendship, struggle, and triumph.

Available by request only.

Poster: Difference Maker

"Each of us has the ability to make a difference." Rick Hansen poster

Difference Maker student certificates

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.

Prezi: Overcoming Obstacles

"Identifying Personal Passions" Lesson Prezi

Prezi: The Power of Teamwork

"Overcoming Obstacles" Lesson Prezi


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