For Ashton Muttart and Briar Roberts, two high school seniors from Kinkora, P.E.I., deciding how to proceed with their ACTIVATE in Action project was almost a no-brainer. After attending the ACTIVATE 2012 National Youth Leadership Forum, Muttart and Roberts used their training to bring back a much-missed after-hours sports club at their school, Kinkora Regional High.

As students at Memorial University in St. John’s, Nfld., Brady Turner and Michael Carter had always been passionate about basketball. Together with their friend Tyler Power, they shared a desire to help youth improve their basketball skills, but they weren’t quite sure where to start. That’s when ACTIVATE gave them a major assist.

If someone told you that, because of an activity that you implemented, they went from running 0km to 10km, how would you feel? Kyla Crocker, 21 years old and a resident of Chaswick, Nova Scotia, knows how that feels. Due to a desire to create change, a passion for taking initiative, and a love for sport, Kyla did something that would intimidate many others– she took a step into the unknown, held tightly to her vision  of a more active community, and ran with the principles that the ACTIVATE National Youth Leadership Forum taught her.

Self-esteem, girl-talk and basketball

It was ESTEEM Team training that gave Alisha Tatham her public speaking tools, and a comfort level to get in front of kids and talk. But this 26 year-old Olympian & Canadian National Women’s’ basketball team member really took her ESTEEM Team training experience to a new level when she chose to run a summer basketball clinic. Alisha is this week’s example of Youth-Driven Development or as we at Motivate Canada like to refer to it “Y.D.D.”

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