By Design

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"A student of life considers the world a classroom."
-Harvey Mackay
"The only journey is the one within."
-Maria Rilke
"True navigation begins in the human heart. It's the most important map of all."
-Elizabeth Kapu'uwailani Lindsey
"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn."
-Benjamin Franklin

Here Are the Quick Facts:






What we address:
◦ Mental Health & Inspiration- (Chronophobia)
◦ Employability Skills


What we provide:
◦ Creative Coping Strategies & Journey-Mapping
◦ Career-Forward Mentorship
Download a Copy of the Executive Summary Here!

The Life By Design Program

Life by Design™  is a program created by Generate U  for ages 14+. Life by Design™ aims to help young people shape their futures by fostering social-emotional learning competencies and opportunities to explore their interests, skills, and values. The program is delivered over 8- (with room to expand) sessions and uses an experiential learning approach that provides students with skills required to impact their future with increased clarity.

The Life by Design™ curriculum aims to provide a respectful space for students to navigate their futures. They will acquire skills to develop the core competencies- (self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision making, relationship skills, and social awareness) that are embodied in all Generate U programs.

Dream Team magic in the making! Bell High School, Summer 2018
Dream Team mentoring magic in the making! (Bell High School, Summer 2018)

Life By Design™ is currently operating successfully in many schools across the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) to enrich the Grade 10 Careers courses. Life By Design™ tools are acquired and applied to all four stages of career attainment: awareness, planning, commitment, and implementation.

Desired Outcomes for Each Participant

  1. Identify personal values and interests
  2. Determine and manage goals
  3. Examine strategies for coping with change and adversity
  4. Practice effective communication skills
  5. Explore strategies for developing a career plan
  6. Create a social network that relates to interests and passions (Dream Team)

By participating in Life by Design™, our goal is that students leave the program with a set of strategies, techniques and tools that will direct their future.

If you would like to discuss this further, please contact our Director of Operations, Jessica Saulnier-Porter at We look forward to hearing from you.


The Generate U Team

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How Does it Work?

Here's a breakdown of our course:
"She made me realize that I have a passion."
  • Students voice their individual goals from the start: our discovery-driven program addresses the tough questions and builds upon them;
  • Utilizing the Experiential Learning methods, we don't just teach students what they want, we let them discover it;
  • At the end of the program, an inventory of prospective jobs- (and how to get there) are accumulated, AND;
  • At last, the students get to meet those said industry professionals for real hands-on advice on an involved mentoring basis.

Self-Discovery- It's Your Life:

Life By Design isn't a prescriptive program- it's a journey to self awareness:

Over the course of 8 weeks, students will be presented with many opportunities for round-table discussions, visual depictions of their life plans, group activities and more. Students of the Life By Design Program will prepare for the Dream Team Summit- a chance to meet with real industry professionals and pilot their life paths.

The Dream Team Summit:

Here's what student attendees have told us:
The things I have learned are helpful to me because:

"Live your life to the fullest. Always believe in yourself and try things out."

-Lalith, LBD Grad
I enjoyed the Dream Team Conference because:

"I was able to figure out that we shouldn't limit ourselves to a certain thing. We should find opportunities, and open ourselves to more things."

-LBD Grad
The people I have met today are helpful to me because:

"She made me realize I have a passion."

-LBD Grad
The people I have met today are helpful to me because:

"I learned to never say that I can't- (say I will, and I can), instead."

-LBD Grad

Want to Know More?

Get in touch with us to discover the significance of self-awareness, career-planning and unrivaled confidence!

Want to Get Involved?

While we empower people, we are also people-powered! Here's how you can make a difference for not only Generate U, but our community as a whole:

2018 Dream Team Summit,
Bell High School,
Ottawa, ON