Investing in Children Blog

Be Your Own Superhero

Heroism isn't something that happens to you. You do not need special powers, access to advanced technology, or a bottomless fortune to be a hero. Heroism is a choice: you can choose to be a hero, a leader, or a change-maker in your community. You can be your own superhero.

In November, we will be holding our Kids Power Conference at the London Public Library, Central Branch. 

The Kids Power Conference brings together 100 students from grades 6 and 7 who have been identified as leaders by their teachers and peers. The students participate in workshops that help develop their leadership skills, while inspiring, educating and creating lasting memories that the students can bring back to their respective schools.

Our theme for this year's event is Be Your Own Superhero. 

The individuals and organizations listed below share our passion for empowering youth and providing opportunities to learn and thrive. They are generously donating their time to hold workshops at the conference. We can't thank them enough!

City of London Neighbourhood, Children & Fire Services: Ryan Babington, Maggie Mallender-Peirce and Christina Strangio are Leader in Training Coordinators, and Laurie Quinlan is an Area Services Supervisor with the City of London Neighbourhood, Children & Fire Services. Together they run the City of London Leader in Training (LIT) program. Each year they help hundreds of young leaders as discover their own leadership potential.

Learn more about the City of London's Play Your Way!

London Public Library: 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. Check us out!

Learn more about London Public Library.

Matt Ross, London Youth Advisory Council: Matt Ross is an experimenter in London. Experimenting in many areas of Government, Science and Business. Experimenting with youth political engagement in founding the London Youth Advisory Council (a federal non-profit which seeks to reboot citizenship by training youth aged 15-25 in political representation and government). Experimenting with new technologies doing research in Chemistry at Western University in the faculty of Science. Or experimenting with for profit business founding Brown Table Apps, a software company started out of the London Youth Advisory Council.

Learn more about London Youth Advisory Council.

Leroy Hibbert, LUSO Community Services: Leroy Hibbert lives in London, ON, is married to a beautiful woman named Helen and they have a wonderful daughter. He is employed at LUSO Community Services as the Multicultural Outreach Coordinator. His responsibilities include: facilitating workshops, presentations and training on race relations, cultural diversity and awareness to youth, parents, professionals and community groups in the non profit and profit sectors. In addition to these activities, Leroy is a member of the Thames Valley District School and London District Catholic School Board’s Safe Schools committee, The London Black History Coordinating Committee, the Coaching Boys into Men Committee and The Pledge Committee.

Learn more about LUSO Community Services.

Alexandra Dyment, Free the Children: Alexandra is an outreach speaker from Free The Children. Last year she spoke to over 20,000 students across Ontario speaking about Free the Children and inspiring youth to make a difference. Alexandra has been to over 36 different countries and spent half of her summer in Kenya this year. She believes strongly in the idea that life should be a daring adventure and is here today because she wants to encourage you to leave your mark!

Learn more about Free the Children.

Lindsay Sage, sagecomm: Lindsay is sagecomm's Director, Brand and Content Strategy, and has more than 10 years of experience in a range of diverse environments, from education and research, to technology and nonprofit sectors. Lindsay holds a BA Hons. in English and Comparative Literature from The University of Western Ontario and a post-graduate certificate in Corporate Communication and Public Relations from Fanshawe College. The sagecomm team donates both financially, and with time and expertise, to many local and regional charities each year, including Junior Achievement of London and District, Pillar Nonprofit Network and YMCA of Western Ontario.

Learn more about Sagecomm.

Jim Han, O.N.E. Hip Hop Dance Studio: Jim is a co-founder of London's elite break-dance crew, Ill At Will and London's only hip-hop studio, O.N.E. He has taught thousands of children and youth at schools, community centres and libraries for the past 7 years, educating and mentoring students of all ages about the positive lifestyle that hip-hop culture has to offer. Jim and his crew remain active in the community performing, competing and connecting with various youth agencies to set up multiple after-school dance programs.

Learn more about O.N.E. Hip Hop Dance Studio.

Real Voice

Real Voice, Boys and Girls Club: Real Voice is a youth community action project of the Boys and Girls Club. Real Voice provides creative leadership opportunities for youth using a strategy of film-making. We facilitate opportunities for groups of youth to work together within neighbourhood spaces to create short films with a message; films which raise awareness on issues that matter to them. The process is facilitated by young people, who are hired onto the project as youth community developers. Real Voice provides young people with an opportunity to engage their skills and leadership, become involved in their community, build relationships with peers, and reflect on issues they believe are important in a collaborative process that is both fun and creative.

Learn more about the Boys and Girls Club.

Chelsey Moore, Powerhouses Training Systems: Hey there! I’m Chelsey, I co-own Powerhouse Training Systems in London Ontario. There is no one size fits all approach to healthy living and I believe everyone has to find their own balance. I love to lift heavy, live big, laugh lots and enjoy all the small things life has to offer. I am on a journey to lead a happy, healthy lifestyle and encourage you to join in the fun!

Read more about Chelsey Moore.

Meridian Credit Union: We would also like to thank Meridian Credit Union in London for providing materials to help the students learn about starting their own small business. Previous student attendees of the Kids Power Conference have gone on to win government grants to start their initiatives; we look forward to seeing what this year's attendees accomplish!  

Read more about Meridian Credit Union's Small Business Resource Centre.