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Leaders aren’t born; they’re grown. At Thrive, we say this a lot, but we don’t often get to talk about the second part of that statement: “Growing leaders requires an intentional approach to child and youth development.” This post will look at the intersection of creative experiential learning, Positive Youth Development (PYD), and leadership development. From the PYD formula to real-world case studies, let's uncover how taking a PYD approach fosters positive relationships, develops critical leadership skills, and paves the way for a brighter future.

Understanding Positive Youth Development (PYD)

Positive Youth Development (PYD) is a holistic approach to working with youth that shifts the focus from correcting problems to enhancing strengths and potentials in young people. The PYD formula emphasizes the five Cs—competence, confidence, connection, character, and caring—work synergistically to support youth and create a sixth C: contribution. It's more than overcoming obstacles; it's about full potential and flourishing personally and socially. 

Six Key Assets in the PYD Formula

  1. Competence: Building skills and competencies.

  2. Confidence: Instilling a sense of self-assurance.

  3. Connection: Fostering meaningful relationships.

  4. Character: Developing a solid moral compass.

  5. Caring: Encouraging empathy and compassion.

  6. Contribution: Inspiring youth to make a difference.

Thrive Youth's Approach

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Our programs are use creative experiential learning, the process of learning by doing through art-based interventions. In a hands-on environment where effort and thought are valued more than artistic perfection, trying something new to express thoughts or feelings can support the development of attributes like self-confidence, self-worth, and self-efficacy–the sense that you can achieve something you’re excited about. In short, it helps young people see their own potential.

For many of our participants who struggle in traditional learning spaces, the feeling of learning new skills, expressing themselves, or even connecting with peers in an inclusive environment can change how they view themselves. 

This approach blends seamlessly into the tenets of PYD, allowing them to make positive changes in their lives without using an externally driven "corrective" force. in this context, art-based interventions serve as a therapeutic and developmental tool. These interventions allow youth to explore their emotions, express their thoughts, and develop creative problem-solving skills.

  1. Enhanced Self-Expression: Art as a universal language.

  2. Emotional Regulation: Therapeutic benefits of artistic activities.

  3. Skill Development: Fostering creativity and critical thinking.

  4. Building Resilience: Embracing mistakes and learning from them.

  5. Fostering Connections: Collaborative art projects for community building.

Sustained Impact: PYD in the Long Run

PYD isn’t just about preventing negative outcomes; it's about supporting a generation of young people in developing critical leadership and life skills. Integrating experiential learning through art-based interventions and PYD provides a vibrant and practical approach to achieving this goal. By encouraging artistic expression and creating supportive environments, we nurture our youth's talents and potential and invest in a brighter, more creative future.

Want to get involved? Learn more about how you can work with Thrive to support young Canadians across the country.

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Onlia Insurance Innovates with Charitable Giving App Feature in Support of Thrive Youth

Toronto, ON – February 28th, 2024 – Onlia Insurance is proud to announce a partnership with Thrive Youth Development Canada, a charity committed to providing leadership development programs to children and youth in underserved communities across Canada. Starting in March 2024, Onlia will introduce a digital giving feature within its app, allowing customers to donate a portion of their monthly cashback driving rewards directly to Thrive Youth.

This innovative partnership harnesses the power of technology to facilitate effortless digital donations from consumers, fostering a mutually beneficial initiative that enriches communities and invests in the future leaders of Canada.

"At Onlia, we always look for ways to improve our customers' insurance experience. Our latest initiative, integrating a charitable giving option into our monthly safe driving rewards program, reflects our commitment to using technology for positive social impact," said Lambert Morvan, CEO of Onlia. "By empowering our customers to support Thrive Youth, we are collectively investing in the future leaders of Canada, and reinforcing Onlia's commitment to driving positive change within our communities."

"Collaborating with Onlia is a game-changer for Thrive," said Jenn Wilson, CEO of Thrive Youth. "It not only raises awareness about our mission but also opens up new avenues to expand our programming and support more young people in under-resourced communities across the country. Together with Onlia and its customers, we're setting a new standard for corporate social responsibility in Canada.”

For more information about Onlia, Thrive Youth, and how to participate in the donation program, please visit

About Onlia 

Onlia offers innovative digital home and auto insurance to Canadians. Onlia’s mission is to bring clarity, simplicity and utility to auto and home insurance. Because Canadians want great coverage without complication — and no matter what turns life takes, to feel supported along the way.

Onlia was launched in 2018, as a joint venture between Achmea, the largest insurance group in the Netherlands, and Fairfax Financial, a Canadian-based financial holding company.

About Thrive Youth

Thrive Youth is a registered charity committed to providing free-of-cost leadership development programs for children and youth aged 9 to 17 in under-resourced communities. In doing so, Thrive Youth aims to close the opportunity gap for young people facing barriers to success and empower them to reach their full potential and thrive in their communities.

For More Information

For further information about Onlia's safe driving cashback program and the partnership with Thrive Youth, please contact:

Julia Stein

Director Marketing, Brand & Communications

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We are thrilled to announce the launch of our brand-new website—a vibrant hub for all things Thrive Youth! This digital platform is not just a website; it's a reflection of our mission, our beliefs, and the incredible journey we embark on with the young people we are privileged to support.

The homepage of Thrive's new website

What to Look Out For:

  • Our Programs: Learn about the innovative programs we've developed to empower youth, close opportunity gaps, and foster leadership and change making skills.

  • Success Stories: Be inspired by the real-life stories of young people who have discovered their strengths, defined their futures, and are making a tangible impact in their communities.

  • Get Involved: Learn how you can contribute to our mission, whether through volunteering, partnerships, or donations. Every bit of support makes a monumental difference.

  • Our Blog: Stay tuned for regular updates, insights, and thought leadership articles that delve into the issues affecting today's youth, the successes we're celebrating, and the challenges we're tackling head-on.

We're so excited to share our ideas, our work, and the impactful stories of the young change makers we support. Our new website is a testament to the belief that together, we can foster a world where every young person has the opportunity to thrive, regardless of their background. Follow our journey!

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