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2014 Kids Power Conference Recap

On Thursday November 13, 2014 at the London Public Library Central Branch, 80 Thames Valley District School Board, London District Catholic School Board and homeschooled students attended our 2014 Kids Power Conference.

Held in partnership with the London Public Library and generously supported by the Optimist Club of London, the Kids Power Conference brings together students identified as leaders by their teachers and peers for a day of leadership-themed workshops and presentations. The goal is to expand the students’ leadership skills while inspiring them to start positive initiatives within their schools and communities.

I really liked the kids and I found that the speakers really inspired me to make a difference in the world.
— Student at the Kid Power Conference, 2014

Sean Hakim opened the conference with his award winning motivational show, titled A Whole New Perspective. His enthusiasm was contagious as he inspired the students to let go of their fears and take responsibility for their lives: "What am I going to do about it? You are in control of your fate by answering that one question."

Nine local and international organizations came together to hold workshops for the students last Thursday, with topics that ranged from MarketingU, to Building Racial and Cultural Understanding, Recognizing Your Leadership Qualities, and Bootcamp Team Building.

Organizations that held workshops at the conference include: Free the Children, London Youth Advisory Council, Boys & Girls Club of London/Real Voice, LUSO Community Services, City of London Neighbourhood, Children and Fire Services, Sagecomm, Powerhouse Training Systems and O.N.E. Hip Hop Dance Studio. Read more about the organizations that participated in Kids Power Conference 2014 here.

[I liked] the fact that it gave us all the opportunity to step out of our comfort zone.
— Student at the Kids Power Conference, 2014

Students were inspired to start positive initiatives in their own schools, with many students indicating that they want to start programs to combat bullying and racism within their schools, as well as support international Free the Children efforts.

Students who attended the conference in previous years went on to win the Ontario’s Speak Up Project Grant and the Dare to Dream Grant, an initiative of the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health.

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London Public Library is a busy library system with 16 branch locations throughout the city with dedicated staff committed to providing excellent service and developing meaningful community partnerships. The Library connects people of all ages to what they need and want - information, collections, programs and resources, both in person and online. From books, CDs, DVDs, e-books, online databases, fun and informative programs, there is something for everyone.