Youville Moms Attend National We Day!

June 4th, 2013

We Day Logo via Free the Children

On Monday, April 29th, 2013, hundreds of students from all over the Ottawa area packed the Robert Guertin Arena for National We Day, a call to action for youth and a day of motivation, inspiration and fun, created by Marc & Craig Kielburger, activists and founders of Free the Children and Me to We.

From their website,

We Day is the signature experience: the movement of our time, bringing together a generation of youth to be engaged in changing the world through an inspirational event and yearlong educational program. The We Day movement lives online at weday.com, an online hub dedicated to educating, engaging and empowering a generation of socially-conscious youth.

We Day is an initiative of Free The Children, an international charity and educational partner that works with schools to implement the We Act program.

Thanks to the generosity of Free the Children and with the help of one of our loyal supporters (and her sister), four of our young moms from Youville Centre had the chance to attend!

It was a unique and eye-opening opportunity for our students to attend an exciting, inspiring event like this, and to hear many amazing guest speakers who touched on topics such as environmental conservation, bullying, leadership and giving back to your community through small acts of local and global kindness and volunteerism.Celebrity music acts included Shawn Desman, Neverest, Tyler Shaw, Kardinal Offishall, and Karl Wolf.  Actor and Activist Martin Sheen was the Keynote Speaker.

Each student who attends a We Day event must commit to one local, and one global act to make our world a better place. This commitment replaces any admission charges for the event. Our students look forward to brainstorming and planning their local and global acts in the upcoming 2013/2014 school year, so stay tuned to the blog for their progress!

Included in the lineup of speakers was a young man named Spencer West. He encouraged everyone in attendance to “redefine possible” and he was very inspirational. Please watch the video below for Spencer’s story.

I think we can all agree that Youville Centre moms are redefining what is possible in their own lives and for their children.  We are very proud of their bravery, hard work and commitment to creating a brighter future for themselves and their children.

Please enjoy a few reflections from the students who attended National We Day:

Reflections from National We Day

By: Youville Centre Students

Our impressions:

“I really liked how there was an Inuit speaker because I’m Inuit.
Just the fact that he was being heard was inspiring!”
~Tamera, age 18

“It was really informative about ways to change the world.”
~Jessica, age 17

It inspired us to think about our children:

“I want Mason (age 16 mos) to grow up in a peaceful universe.”
~Tamera, age 18

“As a mom that’s one of the things you worry about most is that
your child will be bullied.”
~Jessica, age 17

Quotes we loved:

“Never say I wish I would have”

“Change will not come if you’re waiting for somebody else”

Many thanks to Free the Children and to our Mentorship Program Task force for making this day possible!

As a follow up to our experience at We Day, Hannah from Free the Children volunteered her time to speak to our students about many of the themes discussed above.

Thank you, Hannah for your time and for inspiring us!