ParticipACTION and Coca-Cola Canada have a 10-year, $10 million partnership with the goal of creating stronger communities by enabling teens to find opportunities to build self-confidence and leadership skills.

The program, called the ParticipACTION Teen Challenge, provides micro-grants of up to $500 for 13-19 year-olds to fund programs that the teens help design themselves. The grants have paid for everything from basketball coaches to breakdancing instructors, pedometers for a walking club, transportation to ski hills, prizes for leadership events, tournament entrance fees and necessary equipment, such as Kin-Balls, kayak rentals and team jerseys. 

To date, ParticipACTION Teen Challenge has encouraged over 500,000 teens and 5,000 community organizations to work together to design local activities, helping teens facilitate stronger connections to the community, and fostering social interactions that help build confidence and self-esteem. The program is administered by 13 provincial and territorial partner organizations and is delivered by a network of local registered community organizations across the nation.

Local community organizations say that ParticipACTION Teen Challenge is having a positive impact and has:

  • Improved participants’ overall personal development (confidence, self-esteem) (98%)
  • Increased opportunities to engage in new/ different activities (98%)
  • Developed teens’ leadership skills (92%)

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