TORONTO, May 10, 2017 /CNW/ - We Vow, a new national youth social justice campaign focused on empowering young people taking action against intolerance, invites teachers and school boards across the country to join the cause.
The We Vow campaign (wevow.ca) began with a song written by a father and daughter asking young people to re-imagine the world as it could be, and act on it. From a place of love, We Vow urges all of us towards a higher version of ourselves.
There are many ways for teachers to integrate the We Vow mission into the classroom. With the assistance of arts teachers engaged in the campaign, we have identified a list of learning opportunities drawn from the Ontario curriculum. See the full list at wevow.ca/teaching-tools
There are two ways for young people to engage in the We Vow campaign:
1. Community Activism: The campaign calls on young people to make tangible commitments in their communities. From raising money for local social service agencies to volunteering with breakfast programs to helping neighbours in need, young people are asked to make a difference, share their acts of love with Wevow.ca in photo, video and story, and spread the word. The most inspiring vows – and vowers – will be profiled on WeVow.ca and earn a "heart" on the Canadian map of We Vow contributions.
2. Artistic Creativity: We invite submissions at wevow.ca for original songs, short stories, poetry and videos from Canadian young people telling the stories of their challenges, their vows to improve their communities and their world and the triumphs along the way. Panels of distinguished artists will review submissions, feature the most inspiring each month on wevow.ca.
It began with a conversation between Toronto journalist, Robert Cribb, and his daughter, Alexandra, about intolerance and injustice in the world. The two sat down at the piano and started writing. The result – We Vow – became a song for Ally's school choir. Paula Griffith, Ally's vocal coach and a renowned singer in Toronto, added her soaring voice to an early recording of the song. Youth choirs from across the city joined in. Eventually, a community of artists, parents and young people was moved to act. And a social justice campaign was born.
Can a song change the world? It already has.
See how to get involved at Wevow.ca.
SOURCE We Vow
For further information: Robert Cribb, Co-founder, We Vow, firstname.lastname@example.org, 416-579-0289