Youth empowerment event: #youthesoo returns


In collaboration with the Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board, the Algoma District School Board and the Algoma Arts Festival Association over 5,000 children and youth from across our Northern region will gather again at the Essar Centre on May 11, 2017 to join in the movement of their generation and celebrate #youthesoo.

“Once again, we are delighted to have our students participate in #youthesoo.  This experience is a tremendous opportunity for our students to increase their awareness of social justice issues and to contribute their Catholic leadership skills in addressing them in their families and communities,” said John Stadnyk, Director of Education for the Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board.

This dedicated group of partners combine their talents and resources to host Sault Ste. Marie’s second WE DAY-style youth empowerment event directed by Timothy Murphy. Together these partners will facilitate a gathering that will recognize local young people for their service to a variety of causes. At the same time our youth will be challenged to join the movement and commit to social activism for one local and one global cause.

“We are very excited to provide the opportunity for our students to plan and engage in another #youthesoo event, to showcase their leadership, engagement and good citizenship.   Since the last event, our students have continued to put their motivation and leadership to work, engaging in many different projects within their schools and communities to impact social change.  Once again, the #youthesoo event will see our students share the stage with top performers as they have their projects and their voices validated.  Motivating our youth to be contributing citizens both locally and globally supports our mission to develop and graduate ‘Confident Learners, Caring Citizens’.”  Lucia Reece, Director of Education, ADSB.

Inspired by worldwide WE DAY events #youthesoo is a three hour, jam-packed, energy-fuelled happening featuring Craig Kielburger, acclaimed speaker, social entrepreneur and New York Times best-selling author, and co-founder of the WE Movement.  Joining Craig is motivational speaker Spencer West, spoken word poet and member of the Prime Minister’s Youth Council Mustafa Ahmed and one of Canada’s most beloved TV personalities, host Jessi Cruickshank.  Additional speakers and musical guests will be announced soon.

“As Student Trustees we are happy to be the voice of students at the planning table for #youthesoo. With empowering speakers and musicians, this event will motivate students across the district to make a positive change in their communities and around the world. This year, we hope to make a greater impact on the youth of our community, and anticipate that they will gain a better understanding of social justice and will share with their peers.  The planning process has been a unique opportunity to network with community partners to ensure the best event possible. We are so grateful to take part in this inspiring day.” said Benn Fisher, Karlee Reece, Kieran Desjardins and Hope Bye, ADSB and HSCDSB Student Trustees.

“Following a very successful event in 2015 we are excited to present #youthesoo in 2017.  It’s a joy to bring this inspiration to the youth of our Northern communities.” said Donna Hilsinger, Executive Director, AAFA.