Carleton Project encourages students to embrace their individual traits and use them as strengths. Giving them permission to be themselves allows them to flourish and gain confidence they never knew they had. Participatory education practices allow the transfer of responsibility to the learner over the course of their high school career. It allows students to build upon their individual talents and interests to create targeted, flexible, relevant Individual Education Plans (IEPs) that incorporate the most important people in their lives. This creates a roadmap for life-long learning that builds upon successes and changes people's lives as they take charge of them.