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"Youthesoo" held in SSM with a focus on empowering youth. ADSB Student Trustees played key role in planning the day.

In May (2015), five thousand Girls-with-Craig2.jpgGrade 7 to 10 students from across the district attended Youthesoo, Sault Ste. Marie’s first WeDay-style event, at the Essar Centre. This empowering event for youth was brought to Sault Ste. Marie through the collaborative efforts of the Algoma District School Board (ADSB), Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board (HSCDSB), Algoma Arts Festival Association and international charity and educational partner Free the Children. Student Trustees and co-chairs of the ADSB Student Senate Maya Werner and Madison MacLachlan (pictured left with guest speaker Craig Kielburger) represented ADSB students throughout the Youthesoo planning process and funded part of this year’s event from Project ABCD funds.

Maya and Madison spoke at the event and shared the success of youth initiatives in the district, including the success of Action for Building a Community that is Drug free (ABCD). Like Youthesoo, ABCD empowers youth and reminds them that their choices matter and that they should look beyond themselves to their local and global communities.

Along with Student Trustees from our co-terminus board, Maya and Madison led the audience in a pledge that included a committment to "...believe in one self, to look for opportunities to give back locally, to remain compassionate and to embark on a life journey to effect positive global change."

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Youthesoo featured local, national and international entertainers and motivational speakers who empowered youth to become active local and global citizens. Speakers included Craig Kielburger, children’s rights activist and the co-founder of Free the Children, and Spencer West (left) who climbed Mount Kilimanjaro after he lost both his legs from the pelvis down.

Special musical guest, critically acclaimed R&B/hip hop artist JRDN (left second from bottom) and spoken-word poet Mustafa (bottom left) both gave encore performances.  

Youthesoo was modeled after Free the Children’s WeDay which began in 2007 and has since engaged millions around the world through events held in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom.
 
Pictured below:
1. Student supporters from WC Eaket Secondary School in Blind River.
2. "Crowd Pumpers" from various high schools.
3. Student supporters from Chapleau Public School. 
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