Take Action Academy is not your typical summer camp. Sure, there are bonfires, arts and crafts, singing and dancing and lots of fun and games, but it’s also a week filled with discussions around social-justice-themed topics, and opportunities to build strong leadership skills and a sense of self.
Building on the Free The Children movement started by Craig Kielburger at the age of 12, Take Action Academy provides a foundation for like-minded youth to connect, learn from one another and create action plans to affect the issues they are passionate about. Learn from the experiences of one participant, Cyrus Jordan from Tyee Elementary School, who attended Vancouver Take Action Academy!
Academy was full of caring, fun people who wanted to make a difference. I learned many great things there, including problem solving, how to lead a group and most importantly how to work as a team. We did many team-building activities, which were not only fun, but we also learned something. I met many wonderful people at Academy who wanted to make a difference just as I do, some that I will remember for the rest of my life.
I chose to go to Academy to broaden my horizons on social issues and find out what I could do to help make the world a better place. I would definitely want to go back to Academy because it’s a great environment to learn, play, have fun and make a difference. My favourite part about Academy was being able to just hang around with my friends and do what I love: change the world. I would absolutely recommend Academy to anyone who wants to make a difference, gain peer support and learn leadership skills.
Near the end of the week, we created action plans where we brainstormed about how we could fundraise or raise awareness in our community or towards the issues we’re passionate about.
I have almost completed my own action plan that I developed during Academy. My action plan was focused on clean water, with my goal to build a well in Kenya. I went to my school's student council, which I am co-president of, and created a Free The Children club at school. We have been working at it for a year now and we are so close to finishing it! It just shows you what a little persistence and what Take Action Academy can do for you.
I left Academy with the motivation, tools and support needed to make a difference in the world. Take Action Academy truly changed my life.
Take Action Academy brings together young people from across the country and beyond, and allows them to feel the excitement of learning leadership skills in a supportive environment full of like-minded peers. Take Action Academy will be happening in eight locations across North America in the summer of 2012, including Vancouver, B.C. and Calgary, AB.
Visit freethechildren.com to learn more and book your spot today!