As summer draws to a close, the time has come to also say goodbye to Me to We Take Action Campers, who CONC’s LOFT Kitchen has been lucky to host this past July and August.
Campers, ages 10-17, were bused in weekly from the Take Action camp ground in Bethany, Ontario, to learn about social enterprise, homelessness and poverty interventions while actively giving back to our community. They made sandwich lunches for our shelter, participated in drop-in programming and created signs and banners for community events, such as the Bloorcourt Summer Street Festival! In addition to walking up and down the sidewalks in their brightly printed t-shirts, our campers welcomed a new neighbour, Saving Gigi, with a song!
Take Action Campers are encouraged to build confidence while developing leadership skills to “reveal the world-changer within!” It is connected with the We Charity, founded by Craig and Marc Kielburger, social entrepreneurs and the co-founders of a family of organizations dedicated to the power of WE, a movement of people coming together to change the world. Alongside a lengthy body of charitable work, WE has created a holistic development model called WE Villages, helping to lift more than one million people out of poverty in Africa, Asia and Latin America; while also developing programming in Canada, the U.S. and the UK with WE Schools and WE Day, engaging over 2.4 million change makers a year.
At CONC, we are inspired to see the motivation and passion of youth channeled into social action working for our community’s most vulnerable. We are proud to be a part of the WE experience, engaging and educating youth on poverty, homelessness and what we need to do to solve these complex societal issues. Here are what some of the campers had to say about their experience with CONC:
– “I absolutely loved my experience at CONC. It was so inspiring to see how dedicated and committed the staff are to helping others (the elderly, youth and men and women who needed help.) I really loved making someone’s sandwich and possibly giving them the only meal they would have for the day. One of my favourite experiences there was creating the beautiful ‘WELCOME TO CONC’ poster for the Bloorcourt Festival. I would definitely revisit CONC in the future.” – Daria, 14
– “I had a great experience, and now me and my cousin are looking for a homeless shelter to donate to and we want to work with CONC. I think it would be a great idea!” – Mackenzie, 11
– “I really enjoyed spending time with everyone in CONC. It was really cool what we did to make a difference in the world. I learned so much about food insecurity and I was encouraged to change that”- Freya, 12
– “I loved going to CONC. I became aware of how easy it is to help, and how rewarding it is. I’m so glad I went to CONC.” – Megan, 17
Thank you to everyone who helped to make the 2017 Me to We Take Action Camp experience a success!