Hello everyone!

The past week has been very busy for attending events! Last Tuesday, April 14th, I appeared at the Count Me In LIVE conference held at the Sony Centre. Count Me In is a youth-led initiative that aims to encourage all youth to get involved in their communities to create positive change. With approximately 3000 students from grade 7-12 and beyond in attendance, it was a day filled with lots of energy and inspiring talks!

With the Founder and CEO of Count Me In, Shane Feldman

With the Founder and CEO of Count Me In, Shane Feldman

I had the opportunity to join the Spirit Squad which was responsible for pumping up the group. The day began with all of the youth volunteers breaking up into small groups to come up with a cheer that we would use to get the crowd excited for the day ahead. My team included 10 other girls and our cheer was a repeat after me style cheer that went like this:

“If you love Count Me In (if you love Count Me In) clap your hands (clap your hands)! Na, na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na!! Oooh ahh Count Me In HUH!!’

It goes on for several verses so I think you get the idea! My team displayed so much spirit and creativity that we won the cheer challenge, which meant that our cheer was the official cheer for Count Me In this year! So exciting!

Once we made it to the theatre, I was given a seat in the very front row with a perfect view of all of the guest speakers who were literally right in front of me! Ashley Leggat and Michael Seater from Life With Derek presented one of the performers, and the fangirl in me was so excited that we were in such close proximity! Mental health activist Kevin Breel even commented on my sash during his talk!

The Spirit Squad captains, Leah and Emily, were always so energetic!

The Spirit Squad captains, Leah and Emily, were always so energetic!

For me, the highlight of the day was definitely listening to all of the different guest speakers and performers. From laughing at Yahya Bakkar’s story to jamming out to Cimorelli, I noticed that there was a central theme to each of the talks by the guest speakers. That, all it takes is one person to identify a need within a community and initiate a solution. Count Me In works to connect students to volunteer opportunities that they can be passionate about, and that’s just what the official After Party was all about!

Following the live show (which was also broadcasted online to students around the world!) several charities and organizations had booths set up to recruit student volunteers. I particularly enjoyed chatting with the reps at Because I Am A Girl as this organization is closely affiliated to my platform, which is to empower all girls and women to initiate change. More specifically, my goal is to emphasize the importance of girls’ education and to promote gender equality around the world. Stay tuned for updates on how I will be promoting my platform during my reign!

At the Habitat For Humanity booth during the CMI After Party!

At the Habitat For Humanity booth during the CMI After Party!

All in all, I had a blast at the Count Me In LIVE youth conference! It was an awesome opportunity to connect with thought-provoking speakers and other youth within the GTA. If you would like to see more photos from the event, check out the album on my official Facebook page!

So the next time an amazing opportunity to create positive change presents itself, will you count yourself in?

Until next time,

Alessia

xo

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