By Nathaniel Crossley
Hello and welcome to a special edition of Aurora Kid! This time, I am writing about the amazing experience I had a couple of weeks ago at WE DAY down in Calgary! On November the 2nd, I flew down to Calgary with the High School Leadership Program from Father Mercredi High School.
We Day is an annual “youth empowerment” event organized by the Free the Children charity. Held in cities across Canada and the United States, We Day motivates youth to take action on local and global issues. Since 2007, thousands of Canadian students have attended We Day events, which feature speeches and performances from global leaders, social activists and public figures. Each student group that attends is asked to make a commitment of one local and one global action throughout the year in order to help create positive change in the world.
Every WE DAY is different, and is organized like a normal school day; you have your periods, your teachers and your lunch. The 4 periods were Economic Empowerment, Technological Empowerment, Social Empowerment, and lastly, Educational Empowerment. Many Celebrities showed up to the conference, including: Mia Farrow – Award-winning actress and activist, Shawn Desman–Platinum-selling and Juno Award-winning recording artist, Silken Laumann – Olympian, inspirational speaker, author and child advocate, Steve Forbes – Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media, Kardinal Offishall – Award-winning rap artist, music producer and Free The Children ambassador, Dr. Dave Williams – Canadian astronaut, speaker, and doctor, Nikki Yanofsky – Canadian jazz-pop singer and songwriter and many more.
In our seats, we were presented with little WE DAY gift bags. Inside, they had a notebook, pen, and a few pamphlets. To get down to Calgary, WestJet Cares for Kids gave us free flights down and a free night at the Marriot across from the Calgary Tower. Calgary’s WE DAY was held in the Saddledome, Calgary’s massive stadium. In total, there were around 16,000 students from across Alberta and BC. I got to meet many great people who have a similar mind set to mine. WE DAY was the best fieldtrip I have ever gone on. In order to get into WE DAY, you don’t pay for your ticket, you EARN it by doing one Local Action and one Global Action. I hope that one day, I can go back and be a volunteer and maybe even an inspirational speaker!
Thank you for reading this edition of Aurora Kid! If you’d like to learn more about WE DAY and/or Me to We, visit these links: http://www.weday.com/ and http://www.metowe.com/ . If you have anyone that you think should be interviewed in the next Aurora Kid, send me an email at email@example.com or tweet me @thelegofly!