Selena Gomez, Nick Jonas, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. What do they all have in common? They were all a part of Vancouver’s We Day – an event where thousands of youth come together for social change.
Celebrities and motivational speakers grace the stage to empower the next generation in making the world a better place through social initiatives. Tickets cannot be purchased but are earned by making a positive change.
I spoke with Robyn Sahota, the chair of We Council, about why she volunteers in her local community.
Explain a bit about yourself?
I’m Robyn Sahota. I’m 17 years old. I go to Burnaby South Secondary and I’m the chair of We Council.
Can you elaborate on your role?
We’re a council of about eighty to ninety students, so we run various campaigns throughout the year. I’m in charge of organizing that all and putting it all together and advertisement. And making sure the school is aware of what we’re trying to promote.
Why did you decide to be involved with We Day?
I first got started with Free The Children in Grade 10. I was involved with advertisement so making our commercials and posters. From there I was really got involved with knowing why we were doing what we were doing. And through going on a Me to We trip I really got to see how a developing country actually behaves and what the children are really like. From that experience, that has really inspired me to carry on continuously with children.
How long have you been doing this?
For about 3 years now.
What has been your best volunteer experience?
Definitely going abroad was my best experience just getting to meet with the kids that you’re impacting really kind of put into perspective what we’re doing and really made it worth while.
What are your future aspirations?
I’m kind of really interested into medicine so I want to use that in a way with Free The Children’s beliefs to kind of make a positive impact.
How do you encourage others to volunteers?
Just get involved whether it’s at school or in your community. If you see a poster just go and follow through with it. Take any chance you get. Don’t be afraid.
Anything you would like to add?
No matter how young you are just get involved. That’s one thing I wish I did sooner. Yeah, just get involved!
The We Day events are continuing until April 30th across Canada, the US, and the UK, with National We Day Canada on April 1st.