Live Different is about embracing a lifestyle of caring for people, not "stuff".

It's about the choices we make everyday:
-to pour into at least one social issue or cause that we are passionate about.
-to daily seek out opportunities to show kindness toward others
-to live simply, because our choices impact our global community


It started as an ideal, but we knew it could become a reality. It is more than an experience or an organization, and it is bigger than what any of us realize.

Welcome to Live Different! We are about change. We are about hope. We are about the continual dream and reality of making a positive difference in the world around us. We believe that together, we really can make a difference!

We all know apathy sucks. We all agree that injustice is not acceptable. We all want to do something to stop the cycle of selfishness in our lives and in our world. It is possible - but we need to know where to start. So that is why, every day, we are challenging the status quo and calling the world in which we live to wake up and Live Different.

To Live Different means to choose to answer the call to social activism, each and every day - starting with ourselves.

Live Different (formerly known as Absolute Leadership Development) was established as a Canadian charity in 2000. From the very beginning we have been passionate about making a difference in the lives of the people we encounter through our high school presentations, our humanitarian build programs and our leadership development opportunities. We have grown over the years, but one thing will never change: our commitment to inspiring those around us to embrace hope and change, starting with their own lives.

We believe that each of us can be a part of that change, each and every day. All it takes is us just beginning to do it! From reaching out to someone in your life, to changing how you shop, to traveling around the world with our Live Different Builds or Academy programs, each of us can be a part of something incredible. Each of us can Live Different!

Program Overview

Live Different's Motivational Presentations

Live Different's Motivational Presentations have emerged as the most popular school assembly in Canada’s public, Catholic, and independent middle and secondary schools. Going beyond motivation, Live Different offers a live, concert-style, school-wide motivational assembly and supplementary workshops, programs and resources presenting a message that everyone has value and stirring students to take immediate action to make a positive difference in their world. Live Different has taken significant measures to ensure all students can be reached with this exciting program by switching to a fully sponsored, donation based pricing model which will give as many schools as possible access to this opportunity. Our presentations create the forum to invite students to volunteer on a Live Different Build - student humanitarian relief trip, giving them a tangible hands-on opportunity to make the real difference in their lives by showing compassion and meeting the needs of others. This program also encompasses our Road Team Internships, which are exciting, hands-on opportunities to gain experience working with a non-profit, and to make a difference in the lives of young people all across Canada.

Live Different Builds

Live Different Builds (formerly known as Hero Holiday) is a program that provides youth an opportunity to change their lives by meeting the needs of others who live in poverty. Throughout the year, Live Different provides opportunities for high school students to volunteer in humanitarian relief projects by bringing practical assistance to those living in extreme poverty. Activities may include building homes, distributing supplies, providing food, mobile medical clinics and working with children at risk. This program allows them to see first-hand how two-thirds of the world lives, expands their world view and gives them an opportunity to become educators on world poverty by sharing their experiences.

Live Different Academy

Live Different Academy is a four month leadership development program that provides students an opportunity to go to the next level of personal development through their active participation in Live Different's mandate of empowering youth and pursuing social justice. Live Different Academy students spend their time in Mexico completing a course on international social justice and assisting in the local community. The advantage of this ‘school’ is the practical, cross-cultural nature of this experience. The lives of the Live Different Academy graduates are changed for good as a result of this intensive and rewarding adventure.