What is We Day Really About?

I never know where to begin when talking about We Day.  It’s such a HUGE and overwhelming day.  There is so much going on and so much energy and so much hope.  There’s hope in each and every child’s eyes as they listen to experts and mentors and innovators speak to them about all that can be accomplished if only they would commit to accomplishing it.

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The fact that these kids are there in the first place demonstrates some level of commitment.  They earned there way there after all.  You see, you can’t buy a ticket to We Day.  In order to gain access to this massive event, kids need to volunteer in support of a local act and a global one too.

More than a one-day event, We Day is connected to the year-long We Act program, which offers educational resources and campaigns to help young people turn the day’s inspiration into sustained action. We Day and We Act are cause inclusive, empowering young people to find their passion and create the change they want to see. By taking action on one local and one global cause, students are equipped with the tools to succeed academically, in the workplace and as active citizens.

Together, We Day and We Act are a blueprint for helping the next generation of global citizens.

The easiest way to get your kids involved is to download the We365 app.  When you download the app, TELUS will donate $5 in support of We Day.  The app allows kids to connect with friends, challenge them to make a difference and it also logs volunteer hours.  With the We365 app kids will no longer wonder where to start – it suggests causes to get behind and helps them share safely to inspire others to do the same.
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If you’re wondering what sorts of causes kids can get involved in here’s one from RBC. The #wecreatechange challenge encourages children to collect change.  Once they have $50 they can deposit that money via RBC to a special account that’s set up there.  When they do that, RBC will purchase a goat for a family overseas.

 Your gift of a goat can flourish into a herd, providing an entire family with nutritious milk and sustainable income. That herd enables a woman to start turning her home farm into a thriving business. Equipped with entrepreneurial training and financial education, she can earn enough to send her children to school, plan for emergencies and build a better future for her family.Ending poverty once and for all means sustainably equipping families with the tools they need so they can empower themselves and their communities.

That’s an example of a global act.  Local acts can be anything from collecting for the food bank or fundraising for books for their school’s library.  With the app, it’s easy to get kids excited and motivated to make a social change.

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Thank you TELUS for inviting me to expose my children to We Day.  At 7, Hannah is just beginning to understand what it’s all about and by the time she’s old enough to really take charge of a cause I hope she’s empowered and fired up enough to do so.  She spoke to her class a little about her experience, she told them about how We Day helps kids who don’t have milk, to get milk – a concept her entire class could connect with and her teacher emailed me later in the afternoon.  It said:

Hannah is definitely a natural leader, and will one day “be the change” we want to see in the world!

Reading that note brought tears to my eyes. It’s hard to realize when we’re in this day to day space of being Mom, that we really are doing worthwhile and important things with our children when we expose them to social good.  And that if our children don’t start a huge movement with their service, the smallest actions are very worthwhile.  Kids that are engaged in their communities, who think of others once in a while and who are willing to give what they have in order to help someone who needs it will keep this world moving forward from Me to We.  



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