Youth-Led Social Change Event in Seattle with Microsoft, We Day, and Free The Children

I was invited to attend a media kick off event for the Youth Led Social Change Event. It took place in between Zoe’s Kindergarten bus time pick up and drop off but because it was so far south I wasn’t able to fit it into my schedule. I’m really excited that Microsoft is working to help empower our youth to take charge and make change. I wish I would have been able to attend the event so that I could give you a first hand account of how excited the youth were.

image

If you’re interested in seeing what to expect check out the We Day Toronto video, which captures a great sneak peak of what’s to come at the first U.S. We Day in Seattle in March, including potential appearances by the Dalai Lama, Richard Branson, Justin Bieber, Jennifer Hudson, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal, Nelly Furtado and more. 

International charity and educational partner Free The Children is pleased to announce the first-ever U.S. We Day, featuring Former President of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev amongst many other notable speakers and performers. This youth-led empowerment event will take place in Seattle on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at Key Arena, thanks in part to Co-Title Sponsor, Microsoft, and partnership with Seattle Seahawks, Head Coach Pete Carroll and A Better Seattle. After a six-year history of inspirational and impactful We Day events coupled with a year-long service program engaging hundreds of thousands of youth across Canada, Free The Children will make its U.S. debut to 15,000 students from schools across the Pacific Northwest at We Day Seattle in March with a planned expansion to key cities across the U.S. to follow.

image

“Free The Children was founded by my classmates and me in 1995 when I was 12 years old,” said Craig Kielburger, co-founder of Free The Children.  “We’ve grown from a small group of passionate kids who launched fundraisers and petitions to promote child rights to an educational partner providing service learning and civic engagement opportunities to more than 3,500 schools and a network of almost two million young active global citizens. We are thrilled to bring our first U.S. We Day to the Seattle area, connecting students and teachers to world-renowned speakers and performers, such as past speakers Sir Richard Branson and Magic Johnson, and singers Nelly Furtado and Jennifer Hudson.”

image

The official announcement was made this morning by Microsoft’s General Counsel and Executive Vice President Brad Smith at Federal Way High School, located south of Seattle, to a crowd of 2,000 area students, as well as education officials and community leaders.  He was joined on stage by Kielburger and Carroll who unveiled Gorbachev as the first speaker confirmed for We Day Seattle. Additional speakers and performers will be announced in the coming months. Other notable guests in attendance included U.S. Freestyle Skier Patrick Deneen, Seattle Seahawks’ cornerback Richard Sherman, and former child soldier Michel Chikwanine.  

image

We Day is free for students and teachers to attend thanks in part to the generous lead support of Microsoft and other individuals and foundations.  In return, students must earn their way in through service by taking one local and one global action to better the world through a year-long program called We Act. This year-long service learning program offers Washington schools speaking tours, educational resources, domestic service campaigns, international volunteer opportunities and support to help youth and teachers take action on any issue or cause.

“As part of our recently announced Microsoft YouthSpark initiative, the We Day and We Act programs will be exciting opportunities to empower and inspire young people to work together for positive change,” said Brad Smith, General Counsel and Executive Vice President, Microsoft. “We’re pleased to help thousands of Puget Sound youth spark change, big and small, both here at home and beyond.”

“We are excited to partner with and help expand the work of Free The Children in order to educate and empower students and teachers throughout the State of Washington,” said Seahawks Head Coach Carroll, founder of A Better Seattle and known for his passion for helping young people.  “Making an impact doesn’t have to wait — they can make a huge difference right now and play a big part in building safe and healthy communities for years and generations to come.”

Students and teachers can learn more about We Day and We Act and how they can get involved by visiting www.weday.com/seattle. Washington schools have already started to make a difference. Shorewood High School in Shoreline, Wash., raised more than $10,000 in the past year to support Free The Children’s international development communities in Kenya, building a new school from the ground up.

 

I received photos and information being a Windows Champion and living locally here in Seattle.

Recent Articles on Mom Start

image.png

Nature Made Kids First Vitamins Benefit Make-A-Wish

We received samples When it comes to getting kids to eat a variety we all know that it can be quite difficult. My son eats anything I cook but hates most veggies and won’t touch fruit unless I tell him that’s all he gets. Most of the time he says he’s not hungry after all […]

Perfect Bloody Mary

Perfect Bloody Mary Recipe

The first time I ever had a Bloody Mary was the day after my 21st birthday, when a friend took me out to dinner to celebrate and told me I should order one with my meal! It certainly wasn’t my last time enjoying one, and now I have an easy recipe for this classic drink […]

Teddy Tank

Tank You Beary Much Teddy!

Teddy Tank from TeleBrands is just as it says it is. A teddy bear and a tank. I received Cute Doggie as my sample from TeleBrands to review and share with you all what I thought about it. When I received the Cute Doggie Teddy Tank, I was pleasantly surprised at the size. It was […]

beeb 015

BATTROBORG Warrior Playset by Tomy Toys

Just in time for the holiday season I received a complimentary set of Battroborg Warriors. As a fan of old Japan, I can now travel back-in-time to the Neo-Edo Period with my Robot Warrior Samurai and Ninja Battle Set from TOMY Toys. These guys are the perfect toy for any robot fanatic- old or young. […]

Jack O' Lantern Cocktail

Jack-O’-Lantern Cocktail Recipe

Andrea Correale, owner of the catering company Elegant Affairs, knows a thing or two about throwing a fabulous Halloween shindig! Check out this lovely Jack ‘O Latern cocktail perfect for All Hallow’s: Jack-O’-Lantern Cocktail Recipe by Andrea Correale Ingredients: -1 oz Cognac -.5 oz Grand marnier -1.5 oz Orange Juice -.5 oz Ginger Ale -Orange […]

Keeping Kids Hydrated with DripDrop Hydration Powder #DrinkDripDrop #ad.

This is a partnered post with SheSpeaks.   Honestly my daughter hates drinking water. She wants to drink juice, milk, lemonade, or anything other than water; so I had to learn a trick. I had to learn to flavor her water. And with DripDrop I’m not only flavoring her water I’m also helping her hydration […]

Making cookies on COOKINA!

Holiday Baking Hacks: Get Cooking With COOKINA!

Samples provided. I love trying new kitchen tools, and I had a chance to do just that over the weekend when I put some new products from COOKINA to the test. The company is known for its unique cooking sheet protectors, which aim to make cooking and cleaning easier. The first product I tried was […]

12-Fall-smoothie-recipes.jpg

12 Smoothie Recipes Perfect For Fall

Here are 12 Smoothie Recipes Perfect For Fall PUMPkin Up Your Health! The Perfect Vanilla Pumpkin Smoothie: A Quick & Nutritious Recipe Pumpkin Cheesecake Breakfast Smoothie CARAMEL APPLE SMOOTHIES Carrot Ginger Date Smoothie Apple Cider Smoothie- Pumpkin-Apple Breakfast Smoothie Butterscotch Apple Pie Shake Banana Pumpkin Spice Milkshakes Apple Orange Peach Slushie Pumpkin Spice Green Smoothie […]

Almond Ghost Cookies

Almond Ghost Cookies Recipe

Sample provided; MomStart is a Truvia ambassador. Halloween kicks off the holiday baking season for me. I love to whip up ghoulish goodies for my friends – and since I’m somewhat of an experimental cook, I always seem to be trying new variations on old favorites. Since I love to try new things, I was […]

Frugaa

Be Frugal With Frugaa!

This is a partnered post. Being a lifelong thrifty person, I know a thing or two about using coupons. Like many of my peers, I got my start working in social media via coupon blogging! Things have changed a lot in recent years, but benefits of frugality always remain. These days, you can do a […]

image.png

The Truvia Baking Star Voting Has Begun

This is a partnered post as part of my Truvia Ambassadorship. Today is the day where you can go on-line and start voting for your favorite bakers. Participants submitted a video which showcases their baking talents and highlights an original recipe featuring either the NEW Truvia® Brown Sugar Blend or the Truvia® Baking Blend via […]

Black Widow Shot

Black Widow Shot: The Perfect Drink For Your Halloween Party!

New York caterer Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs has the perfect goth cocktail to serve up at your Halloween party – it’ll go especially well with any Iggy Azalea costumes you have planned. Black Widow Shot Recipe by Andrea Correale Ingredients: 1 ½ oz. black vodka ½ oz. Chilled cranberry juice Instructions: 1. Fill a […]

Salted-Caramel-Muddy-Buddies.jpg

Jiff Salted Caramel Flavored Hazelnut Spread Muddy Buddies

When we got home from summer vacation I had samples from Jiff to try, one of those being the Salted Caramel Flavored Hazelnut spread. My kids fell instantly in love and started telling everyone about it. One of the people they told was their on-line teacher who helps me home school and she was so […]

image.png

Choose Your Own Adventure: Just Jesse the Jack on ABC Zoo

This is a partnered post. Education is often on my mind and very important to me and I love to find ways to supplement education in a way that makes the kids feel like they are playing, so yes, video games. Video games, iBooks or educational apps are the perfect way to have kids play […]

Pumpkin Pie

Where There’s a Whisk, There’s a Way!

This is a partnered post. When I was about 9 years old, I used to call the 1-800 numbers listed on the back of baking products and ask if they had coupons or recipe booklets they could mail me. Being a mini chef in training, I enjoyed getting new recipes and had fun talking about […]

image_thumb.png

Treat All The Pawesome Pets This Halloween #TreatThePups #Ad #Giveaway

This is a sponsored post with lunchbox all opinions are our own.   Do you want to know how my sister got her dogs to sit still and look amazing for her wedding announcement? Dog treats of course!! They are super cute Pawesome dogs right? Yep these dogs are pawesome for sure, as any puppy […]

Savory Spinach Chive Soft Pretzels

Savory Spinach Chive Soft Pretzels Recipe

Have you ever tried cooking your own soft pretzel at home – using tea as an ingredient? In honor of October being National Pretzel Month, Numi Organic Tea came up with this delightful, one-of-a-kind recipe: Savory Spinach Chive Soft Pretzels Recipe by Megan Silverman Makes 12 baked pretzels Ingredients: 7 bags Spinach Chive – Numi […]

image.png

For The Love of Beef! Your One Stop Knowledge Source #KnowYourBeef

This is a partnered post with The Motherhood and Beef It’s What’s For Dinner, all opinions are our own. Last week I spent the afternoon learning all about Beef and it made me very hungry, just thinking about it right now also makes me very hungry. I love beef, I love all different kinds of […]

Comments

Trackbacks

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *