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Looking for something to do next year? Not quite prepared for university but ready to move on? Why not consider joining our School of Leadership for a year: change the world and get changed in the process! LiveDifferent (formerly Absolute)’s School of Leadership is a one-year alternative education program that allows you to travel all over Canada, study topics such as cultural diversity and religions of the world, live in Mexico for a semester, and have the time of your life!Andie at School of LeadershipHey! My name is Andie, and I primarily joined the School of Leadership as an ‘intermission’ between high school and university. Little did I know all the opportunities that awaited me in this program! I just finished touring all over Western Canada, giving motivational assemblies in high schools, where we have been addressing relevant issues such as self worth, depression, and violence, as well as challenging students to be agents of change and to take up the cause of social justice.I never imagined myself living on a pimpin’ tour bus and speaking to peers my age about a topic I cared so much about! It was an incredibly unique and life-changing experience that allowed me to connect with other teens from all sorts of backgrounds and situations. I wouldn’t give it up for the world. I am now living in Baja, Mexico for four months, immersed in a completely different culture. While here, I am studying social justice courses, volunteering around the community, building houses and community centers for families, and helping with the Hero Holiday humanitarian trips. It is incredible to have an opportunity like this where I am surrounded by such a rich and diverse culture.LiveDifferent (formerly Absolute)’s School of Leadership has handed me so many awesome experiences, given me insight to a world outside of our own, and helped me to grow and mature so much in the past year. I am so stoked to be part of it and I invite you to experience it for yourself! Through what I have learned this year,the people I have met and friendships I have developed, and the lives that I have touched, I now realize something powerful: like Mahahtma Ghandi once said, “We must be the change we wish to see in the world”!

Author: LiveDifferent

Date: April 14th, 2008