A lot of fun and learning was had by the more than 60 grade six and seven students that attended the Kids Power Conference held on Thursday, November 10th at the Central Branch of the London Public Library.
The leadership conference gave kids, identified by their school as potential leaders, a chance to discover ways they can be a leader and foster change in their communities and schools.
The kids attended various workshops throughout the day including ones on food choices, racism, tai chi, and the next steps when developing a business. They also enjoyed a scavenger hunt and button making session put on by our partner the London Public Library.
This year's theme BElieve in YOUrself was also reiterated by the keynote speaker Sean Hakim. He used his background in acting and music to captivate and engage the kids while delivering his positive and inspiring messages.
We want to thank our workshop presenters for devoting their time to help inform and inspire the next generation of leaders. We also want to thank our partner the London Public Libray and the support of the Optimist Club of Middlesex-London. We also had a couple of amazing volunteers that gave up their day to come and help the kids. We appreciated all who helped out!
Overall, it was an amazing day and gave kids ideas to start projects in their own schools and communities such as anti-bullying groups, hobbies and sports clubs, straight-gay alliances, anti-racism clubs, art club, chess club and one student who wants to wants to start a club that if you don't have anyone to play with you can play with others in the club. It was great to see the kids realize that they could make a difference by believing in themselves and taking on a leadership role in their schools and communities.
Here is what some of the kids had to say!
"I think the workshops were a good variety. I wouldn't change anything!" - Nathan, Kids Power Conference participant
"What I liked best about the Kids Power Conference was going to the different stations and learning new things." - Lily, Kids Power Conference participant
"Everything was awesome! I liked everything!" - Chris, Kids Power Conference participant