In just a few days, students from Oak Park High School will be joining forces with thousands of other students from around Manitoba for We Day.
Their destination will be MTS Centre. The event that will feature stories about hope, passion and how to get involved. On Oct. 30 instead of the regular instructors, their teachers will be former president of the Soviet Union and Nobel Peace Laureate Mikhail Gorbachev, Lady Bug Foundation founder Hannah Taylor and musical guests and Juno Award winners Shawn Desman and Lights.
Admission for this event is worth special mention. You can’t buy your way in! Students and teachers have earned their seats by working together and planning out a yearlong We Act program. The goal of this cross-Canada event is to empower young people to take charge and make a change in their communities and around the globe. These initiatives could be fundraisers or awareness campaigns — the sky is the limit.
While attending the event, students will receive additional information on how they can help larger projects such as We Scare Hunger, Water Initiative and Free the Children.
Like most ideas, We Day started small, and grew bigger and bigger with more cities being added to the tour each year. More stops have helped foster even more student involvement.
One question that has been asked is: "Why can’t these students get the same message in the classroom?" After reading various materials and watching videos that accompany everything that describes this event, I think it can be summed up with the expression: "You have to see it to believe it."
We Day is an event that is hard to describe. The movement and power that comes from a collection of youth working together is absolutely amazing. Students can walk out feeling that, Yes, they have just one voice, but the impact they can have if they all work together is unimaginable.
The initiatives the Oak Park students decide to pursue will continue to be acted upon following the event, so I think the entire community is in for a treat to see what kind of change we can make if we strive towards what we believe in.
For more information on We Day, and how you can get involved, visit weday.com.
Travis Mitchell is a community correspondent for Charleswood. Comments and story ideas can be sent to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.