This Saturday, February 28th, the Theodore Roosevelt High School (3436 West Wilson Avenue in Chicago) will hold the first-ever Illinois Youth Summit. More than 200 motivated students from all across Chicagoland will be getting together to explore the importance of leadership and volunteerism in both their local and global communities.
This summit is entitled the Illinois We Act Youth Summit. It is an opportunity for the young people in attendance to learn how to exercise leadership on a day-to-day basis. It will also encourage them to discover issues, things that they care about like gang violence, homelessness, veterans, bullying.
Once they discover their passion, the goal is to teach them how to turn this awareness and passion into action. The Youth Summit will offer the kids these opportunities and will also outfit them with action-planning sessions with a focus on the concept of volunteerism. This day will not only help young people to understand issues that are affecting their own communities, but global issues as well. The goal is to encourage them to empower themselves to be a part of the solution.
For each student that vows commitment to take action on at least one local and one global issue or cause of their choice, they will be eligible to attend We Day Illinois. That event will be a fee stadium-sized youth empowerment event that will be host to 15,000 students from over 500 Illinois schools as they pack the Allstate Arena on April 30th.
We Day is the consorted effort initiative of the We Act educational program. It is the movement of our time; a movement of young people leading local and global change! The intention of We Day is to celebrate and inspire this generation’s shift from me to we; towards acting with intention, leading with compassion and also a belief in the power of community.
We Day is one of the world’s largest registered charities on social media. It has more than five million followers. In 2015 alone, 200,000 young people will get together in various stadiums in 14 cities to take part in this unprecedented educational initiative. We Day Illinois is one of those events.
It will bring together world renowned speakers and performers; influential individuals like Martin Luther King III and entertainers like Jennifer Hudson. The full lineup will be announced in April. These individuals will also share with the young people their passion for change, international experiences and to energize the crowd with unforgettable performances and motivational speeches.
Surprising changes are about to come about beginning on Saturday, February 28th, when over 200 young people will meet at Theodore Roosevelt High School for the first ever Illinois Youth Summit called We Act. Stay tuned to be amazed!