21st century schools face significant challenges as they move towards providing opportunities for learners which recognize and build on their strengths and abilities. The process of supporting young people to develop the desire and the confidence to recognize personal potential and to manage their ongoing learning is a priority. Communication and collaboration are key to learners becoming informed active participants in their own learning and experiencing successful outcomes in today''s society. The research findings reveal that reveals that students found a high degree of satisfaction with the process and place value on having the opportunity to pursue personalized goals as they worked with mentors in a collaborative online environment. The study demonstrated that the emergence of competencies such as ''self management'' and ''relating to others'' was assisted by changes in teacher behaviours and action. As authoritarian approaches were replaced by a collaborative model where independent learning with others was supported, learners began to exhibit the personal competencies.