Our Proven Framework

In 2003, we launched our award-winning nonprofit with the mission to help people reach their fullest potential, no matter the obstacles they face.  For nearly two decades now, we have been working with people in search of ways to overcome adversity in their lives and discover meaning within themselves. In that time, our objective within the organization has remained constant. The questions that first started us on this journey have not changed. But the answers have evolved naturally through trial and error, and through our interactions and experiences within the No Barriers community. 

In a sense, No Barriers became a rigorous test kitchen, where we would see in real-time what ingredients worked best to help people overcome challenges. Tens of thousands of people have passed through the doors of that kitchen. Year over year, we sat with participants and engaged with their struggles. We listened to them in their lowest moments, when they felt the most lost or overwhelmed by obstacles; and we worked with them to refine strategies and tools that wouldn’t just get them through that moment, but get them through the rest of their journey. 

And the result is a recipe that we call the seven Life Elements (pictured below).  By bringing people on a journey through these elements, they come to discover that despite the barriers—both big and small—that each of us face, we can learn how to push past them, reconnect with our purpose, and unleash the best in ourselves and others.

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Made up of interactive and distinctive content, the No Barriers Educator Community provides resources to challenge mindsets and alter how kids respond to the inevitable challenges they will face.

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Global Impact Challenge

This is a national diversity and inclusion competition designed to spark the best ideas from students for building a world free of barriers, stereotypes and discrimination. Our goal is to equip educators with the necessary tools to help students dream big and break down barriers through the Global Impact Challenge.  Winners receive cash prizes to invest in their ideas! Check out the challenge here.


Through inspirational stories of extraordinary role models combined with authentic, character-building activities, this unique learning opportunity is designed to:

  • Give 11 to 14-year-olds the essential tools they need to live their best life.
  • ​Build confidence, self-esteem and resilience.
  • ​Prepare students for unexpected challenges.
  • Help students empathise with, relate to and learn from those who have already inspire millions with their stories.
  • Allow students to face their fears, troubles and barriers with the real-world experience needed to not feel lost or alone!


No Barriers Ignite is a free curriculum that introduces students to the No Barriers Life and engages them more deeply in the first life element, Vision. In just six 30-minute lessons, students explore their own identity and values to create a personal Vision, then collaborate with peers to take positive community action.

Challenge your students to:

  • Develop a personal vision based on values, interests, and desires
  • Explore purpose and barriers that can get in the way of pursuing it
  • Collaborate with peers to take positive community action
  • Inspire others by sharing their Ignite stories


No Barriers Climb takes students on an eight-lesson expedition to climb Mount Everest, guided by Erik Weihenmayer. At each stop, students explore a No Barriers Life element through unique activities. The expedition ends with a personal pledge to go out and have a positive impact on the world.  Student learn:
  • To build hope in the midst of adversity
  • To understand what it means to live a purposeful life and why it matters
  • How to build their own rope team around them to support them in the best and worst of times
  • How to take small actionable steps to achieve a goal that you may have first thought was impossible to attain

Classroom Kits

Our kits provide inspiration and guidance to foster a No Barriers presence in an educator’s learning environment. Contents include activity plans,
a poster set, flags of the No Barriers Life elements, a copy of the young adult version of Erik Weihenmayer’s book titled No Barriers and our bestselling What’s Within You book, supplies to create a pledge wall, and other special gifts.  Check them out here.

The No Barriers Book

“This is an incredibly inspiring book; stories of people who refused to give up their dreams despite the daunting obstacles in their way. Each one illustrates “the indomitable human spirit” which I always cite as one of my most profound reasons for hope for humanity’s future. And when you have read it, and been moved and uplifted, you will realize that you too have some of that indomitable spirit and that you too can overcome the barriers that loom ahead in your life.”

Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE,Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace

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Made up of interactive and distinctive content, the No Barriers Educator Community provides resources to challenge mindsets and alter how kids respond to the inevitable challenges they will face.

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