The third edition of Mighty Peace Day is still 16 months away, but there’s lots of work to be done for the youth celebration to be a success. Organizers have launched the Mighty Peace Youth 4 Change Initiative, which Production and Advocacy Chairperson Keith Curtis says is about reaching out to even more students and schools.
“Get in to the schools and help the youth and the teachers find their philanthropic passion; what it is that they care about that they want to raise money for. Because we’re so closely tied to Free The Children, our goal is we want the kids working on something local, something national, and then something international.”
Groups like the band Her Brothers and The She Project will be brought up to speak at local schools about what they do and inspire children to find their passion. Youth advocate Tegwyn Curtis has made that a part of her personal mission.
“It’s not just the adults anymore who have the power to change the world; it’s our generation. We’re the ones who are looking towards the future, we’re the ones who are going to be running the world someday and we really have to see that we do have the power to make a change and we have the resources to make a change now even though we still are youth.”
Students around the Peace Region build up volunteer hours to attend the event, which features motivational speakers. The number of attendees went up by a thousand last year to 3,400, and organizers hope to see a full arena this time around. Mighty Peace Day III is set for May 2nd, 2017.