Life Skills & Self Development

Defy Your Label

A free self-development program for grades 4-8 (ages 9–13).

Defy Your Label is a free, 8-week program that offers youth in grades 4-8 (ages 9 -13) in their personal growth. The program is designed with the end goal of participants achieving the skills that will aid them in leading more positive and successful lives.

Defy Your Label includes activities that will assist youth with:

  • Defying negative labels, stereotypes, and expectations that they may feel have been placed on them.
  • Developing healthy self-esteem and self-respect.
  • Identifying and redirecting disruptive behaviour to promote positive communication.
  • Develop tools to help them lead happier more successful lives.


  • This is a free program.
  • Registration is open until each session is filled. Children can be registered at any time before and during a tern.
  • A supportive, confidential, and safe environment for youth.
  • Content is designed specifically to aid youth in grades 4-8 (ages 9 -13).
  • The program is available in-person only at this time.
  • Sessions run every Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The program runs January to March, April to May, October to December. Participants can register at any time.
  • Sessions are organized into 3 parts:
    1. Each session starts with selfdevelopment- focused activities such as skill- and team-building exercises, and open discussions.
    2. We break up the self-development discussions with games and socializing activities, to help keep things from getting too overwhelming.
    3. The session ends with closing out the day’s topics and discussions from part one.

Program Goals:

  • Enhance self-esteem, increase distress tolerance, build healthy communication and relationship/social skills, build resiliency, foster conflict resolution skills, and offer cultural education.
  • Develop positive self-image, self-worth, and decision-making skills.
  • Participants will also be taught various coping skills and techniques and be supplied with online support resources to assist them.

If you have any questions, please email