International activists and co-founders of Free The Children

International activists and co-founders of Free The Children

Barriere students empowered to change the world at We Day

20 students from Barriere Elementary’s grade 7 classes and 15 students from grades 9-11 from Barriere Secondary will attend We Day

Rooted in the belief that every young person has the power to change the world, We Day brings a generation of young leaders together to prove that no one is alone in their desire for change. Empowering youth to move the needle on the most pressing local and global issues of our time, We Day celebrates the potential of young people to create the change they want to see.

We Day brings together world renowned speakers and performers – from Selena Gomez, Orlando Bloom, Marianas Trench, Neverest, Silken Laumann, Kardinal Offisnal and many more – with international activists and We Day co-founders, Craig and Mac Kielburger, to share their passion for change, international experiences and energize the crowd with unforgettable performances and motivational speeches.

We Day Vancouver will take place on Oct. 22, 2014 at the Rogers Arena with 20,000 students and educators from more than 700 schools. Schools will be travelling from across the province to attend We Day Vancouver including as far as Whitehorse, Yukon and Yellowknife. Mildred Hall School and William MacDonald Middle School as well as Vanier Catholic Secondary School will travel 2374 km to attend We Day.

Twenty students from Barriere Elementary’s grade seven classes and 15 students from grades nine to 11 from Barriere Secondary will board the bus at 2:45 a.m. the morning of Oct. 22, at the high school, and arrive in Vancouver at about 8 a.m.  Once the event is over, they will get back on the bus at 2:30 p.m. and should be back home by around 8:30 p.m. the same day.

Barriere Elementary had 50 students apply, so, to choose who would be able to attend, they had to write a short essay on leadership and commitment, and explain what it means to them and what they will bring back to the community.

Twenty five secondary students applied to attend the event by writing a small essay about why they wanted to participate in We Day and how they would represent our community.

We Day Vancouver is free of charge to the tens of thousands of students and educators in attendance thanks to the generous support of sponsors, including National Co-Title Sponsors RBC and TELUS. We Day Vancouver will be streamed live on Oct. 22, 2014 at 9 a.m. PT on www.MTV.ca/weday. It will also be taped for broadcast on MTV premiering Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 at 8 p.m. ET and on CTV, Saturday, Nov. 22 at 7:00 p.m. ET.

More than a one-day event, We Day is connected to the year-long We Act program, which provides educational resources and campaigns to help young people turn the day’s inspiration into sustained action.  An example of one of these campaigns is Free The Children’s We Scare Hunger campaign, collecting 262,065 lbs of food for local food banks. Over 480 schools participated last Halloween in We Scare Hunger, including Barriere Elementary.

We Day and We Act are cause inclusive, empowering young people to find their passion and create the change they want to see. If you would like to explore the We Day, in further detail, information can be found on the following website: http://www.freethechildren.com/