DSC_0034_1.jpgInspired by worldwide WeDay events, Algoma District School Board, along with a group of dedicated community partners, will host Sault Ste. Marie’s first WeDay-style youth empowerment event called Youthesoo on Thursday May 14th at the Essar Centre.
Youthesoo will be a three hour, jam-packed, energy-fuelled happening featuring Craig Kielburger – humanitarian, social activist and New York Times best-selling author, and co-founder of the world’s leading platform for social change: Free The Children. Joining Craig are motivational speakers Spencer West, Michel Chikwanine and host Jessi Cruickshank of MTV. Additional speakers and musical guests will be announced soon.
(Pictured above:  Media interview ADSB Student Trustee Madison MacLachlan from Superior Heights at the media launch.  Madison and fellow ADSB Student Trustee Maya Werner from CASS have played integral parts in the planning of the Youthesoo event).
Algoma District School Board, Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board and the Algoma Arts Festival Association, are combining their talents and resources to host this event for 5,000 youth from across the Algoma District.   Both of ADSB’s Student Trustees Maya Werner from CASS and Madison MacLachlan from Superior Heights have been at the planning table with the partners to ensure the event will be for and about students. 
“This will be an exciting day to bring leaders together and to build leadership together. As students we are thankful for the exciting collaboration and we appreciate the opportunity to represent student voices in the planning process of this empowering event. We look forward to the positive impact that all of the incredible speakers and performers will no doubt have on creating a sense of unity in the Sault Ste. Marie region's youth as well as inspiring them to make a change in our local and global community," said Madison MacLachlan, Student Trustee.
ADSB Director of Education Lucia Reece added, “We are excited to provide this opportunity for our students to plan and engage in Youthesoo. Having had students attend past WE DAY events in Toronto, our student leader representatives on Project ABCD wanted to hold a similar event in the Sault. Having a common goal made it a perfect opportunity for our School Boards and the Algoma Arts Festival Association to share ideas and costs, allowing us to provide an even bigger event with fabulous presenters. Youthesoo will validate our students’ voices, motivate our youth to be contributing citizens both locally and globally, and will demonstrate that leadership knows no age.”
Youthesoo is intended to recognize local young people for their service to a variety of causes. At the same time youth will be challenged to join the movement and commit to social activism for one local and one global cause.  For updates on the event visit