Capilano University is proud to be the exclusive
post-secondary education partner of We Day
Vancouver, which will be held at Rogers Arena on October 21, 2015.
We Day is an educational event held in cities across North
America and the U.K. focused on inspiring youth to lead global change.
Participants can’t buy a ticket to the event. Instead, it must be earned through
the year-long We Schools service learning program in high schools.
Cap’s partnership with We Day reflects
the university’s commitment to educating, engaging and empowering students. We
want youth to know that the energy and great work of We Day doesn't have
to end at high school graduation. The culture of
changemaking is fostered and built into many Capilano programs and initiatives,
helping students reach their fullest potential as agents of change and
lifelong, active global citizens. Learn more about Cap's partnership with We Day in the President's Why We Day blog post on Your Daily Cap.
Attracting youth leaders who are committed to social change
is a priority for Capilano U. To support this goal, the university introduced the We Schools Entrance Scholarships: up to two full ride
scholarships for high school graduates who participated in the We Schools educational
program. The scholarships provide the opportunity for engaged high school
students to continue their education as well as their social action in the
community while their tuition fees are covered.
celebrate We Day on campus, we invite the Capilano community to participate in
CapU We Do and be part of this movement to change the world.
On October 16, join us in the Birch Lower Cafeteria for an hour of music, performances and
Featuring performances by CapU’s Musical
Theatre & the Kenyan Boys Choir; presentations by Trula Fountaine (Empowering
Women in India), Chris Carnavale (Project Change), current and alumni students'
not-for-profit (Make a Difference or Dye Tieing); Musical Therapy with Kristie McCracken; and Julie Vanderyagt and Stephanie
Wells (Me to We).
Last year's We Day Vancouver event, held on October 22, 2014, was a tremendous success.
Capilano U Musical Theatre
student, Kaitlyn Yott had the incredible opportunity to speak on stage at
We Day Vancouver, sharing her inspiring story of triumph over adversity. She was joined
by fellow Musical Theatre students in an energetic and acrobatic performance of You Can’t Stop the Beat from the musical Hairspray that had the We Day audience on their feet and singing along. Learn more about Kaitlyn's story in this video.
The university’s commitment to We Day created the
opportunity for dozens of Capilano U students and employees to volunteer at We
Day. It also inspired an exciting student changemaking initiative. A dedicated
group of Cap U students calling themselves the EmPower Rangers brought the spirit of We Day to campus with their campaign to raise $20,000 for the Take a Hike Foundation, an organization whose mission
is to enable at-risk youth to positively change their lives. After several successful events, including a live stream of
We Day Vancouver in the Capilano Students’ Union Lounge on October 22, they are getting close to their goal.
Capilano University also celebrated We Day on campus with Justice High,
a series of workshops for high school students that are designed to educate and
inspire youth to become changemakers in their communities. Organized by
Capilano U Global
Stewardship students and a group of international student leaders, the event included inspiring speakers and interactive
workshops by organizations such as Oxfam, Amnesty International, Check Your
Head, and Stratosphere. Topics included: Climate Justice; Behind the Brands
- A look into local farming and food sources; and Careers in the International Development
Sector. Students also had the opportunity to sit in on university classes
from a variety of Faculties, tour the university, and network with a dozen non-governmental
organizations (NGOs) who set up booths at Cap. More than 65 secondary
school students from five schools were expected at this invitation-only
—Marc Kielburger, co-founder of Me to We and Free the Children (the organization behind We Day)
Capilano U supports the movement of changemakers on our
campuses, within the community and across the globe. In spring 2014, Capilano
University awarded Marc Kielburger with an
honorary doctorate degree for his outstanding work empowering youth to be
agents of change.
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