Most importantly, the youth are encouraged to be individuals. OC gives our daughter the confidence to speak with her own voice and be heard without judgement. The Facilitators give respect, guidance and encouragement; not rules, tests and grades. She enjoys that learning is student-led and relevant to real life. She has had many opportunities to learn valuable skills and meet inspiring people, both within OC and through outside activities. We have seen our shy wallflower grow into a confident, hard-working young leader, and for that we owe OC so much.