PowerPlay Strategies is committed to empowering young people to take charge of their own learning. We work directly with schools, educators and families. We also partner with sponsor organizations to implement community-focused initiatives that have impact.

Our Learning Approach

Our four-step process empowers learners to take charge and put their best efforts into a project that is relevant to their lives. With PowerPlay, young people lead this process and adults stand by to observe, reassure and provide assistance when needed. 

Real-life challenges


Exciting real-world challenges spark curiosity, capture imaginations and inspire learners  to flex their creative muscles. 

Dynamic action plans


Young people set goals, identify tools they will need and lay out a step-by-step action path to reach their targets.

Real-world activities


Youth take risks, experiment, express themselves and stretch their capacities as they implement their plans. 

Reflecting on their learning


Learners consider their experience, celebrate accomplishments and develop success strategies for school and other areas of life. 

With PowerPlay, students self-direct their learning and have fun setting and achieving their own goals.

Components of Engagement

Our multi-faceted projects and real-world themes add rigour to the classroom. We engage students in learning by:

  • Appealing to their interests.
  • Communicating at their level of understanding.
  • Using fun and interactive techniques.
  • Empowering them to be decision makers.
  • Encouraging them to make mistakes.
  • Challenging them to create their own solutions.


21st Century Skill Development

PowerPlay helps young people develop practical life skills and an entrepreneurial mindset that is critical in the 21st Century. Related competencies include:

  • Self-Esteem and Confidence
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Communications
  •  Collaboration and Teamwork
  •  Creativity and Innovation
  •  Organization and Planning

Perhaps most significantly, students discover their own ability to be successful and internalize positive beliefs that will support them in all areas of life. 

PowerPlay helps young people develop 21st Century Skills.

PowerPlay helps young people develop 21st Century Skills.


Our Founder

Bill Roche is committed to helping young people prepare for an ever-changing global economy.

Bill Roche founded PowerPlay Strategies in 1999 because he felt it was critical to start teaching entrepreneurship from an early age. Regardless of their future career path, youth need to be innovative, adaptable and self-reliant.

The PowerPlay Learning Model cultivates entrepreneurial spirit, money smarts and social responsibility. Young people explore their passions, talents and interests as they develop the tools needed to confidently navigate our rapidly changing world.

Bill’s educational resources have sold more than 40,000 copies and his programs have reached over 250,000 elementary and high school students across North America.

A strong advocate for entrepreneurship education, Bill presents his teaching and coaching strategies at a variety of educator conferences, where he captivates and inspires audiences with real-life success stories and case studies.