Central students to take part in We Day

NYA Times

Central students looking to make a global impact will be among the 18,000 students statewide attending We Day festivities on Tuesday, Oct. 8.
The day, the first of it’s kind in Minnesota, will focus on developing global initiatives that make an impact.
A youth empowerment initiative of international charity and educational partner, Free The Children, We Day Minnesota and the We Act program work to motivate 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.
About 20 middle school students and 35 high school from Central will be attending We Day Minnesota, according to Irene Yaeck, K-12 school counselor and Student Council advisor.
Already students have come up with some ideas for community and global events, some of which they have already taken part in.
“We thought of doing things we do like a ditch clean-up, tutoring and food drives,” she said. “For globally, we do the bloodmobile drive and Feed my Starving Children.”
Students have also discussed ideas about potentially going someplace or sending money for community and global initiatives, but hope to develop those ideas at We Day.
“I think it’s a positive thing anytime you can think beyond our immediate area,” she said. “(I hope students get) more of an awareness of people around us and globally, too,”
The We Day event at the Xcel Energy Center includes international activists and co-founders of Free The Children, Craig and Marc Kielburger, world-renowned speakers and musicians.
For more information, visit www.weday.com.

Contact Adam Gruenewald at adam.gruenewald@ecm-inc.com.