Teen Stars to Headline Radical Youth Conference
TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 01/09/13 --
Editors Note: There is a photo associated with this press release.
Degrassi's Luke Bilyk, rapper Lil Jaxe, actress Kristin Chenoweth and
Flashpoint's Sarena Parmar join a list of teen superstars for the
largest youth-run empowerment event in Canada - Count Me In
The groundbreaking event, uniting 1,500 students from across Ontario,
will influence youth-driven social change. More than 20 celebrity
speakers, entertainers and young activists from around the world will
take centre stage at The Mississauga Living Arts Centre on Wednesday
April 17, 2013.
Count Me In Conference is being organized entirely by a team of
teenagers. It has been designed as a field trip for students in
grades 8 through 12.
CMIC is a branch of the Canadian organization "Count Me In".
Toronto-born teen icon Shane Feldman started Count Me In as a school
project when he was 13 years old. Now at 18, Shane is proud to be
leading the Count Me In movement, recognized today as the largest
initiative of its kind.
The House of Commons have acknowledged Feldman for his work and he
was recently honored with the Citizen of Character Award.
Count Me In Conference will impact teens with an inspiring line-up of
speakers and entertainers, uniting to share powerful messages
CMIC 2013 Speakers and Performers include:
Luke Bilyk - Host of CMIC 2013; Actor ("Drew Torres" on Degrassi).
Jake Zeldin - aka "Lil Jaxe", 13 year old Canadian rapper.
Sarena Parmar - Plan Canada Ambassador; Actress (Flashpoint,
Kristin Chenoweth - Tony and Emmy(R) Award-winning actress and
singer. ((i)via video)
Wesley Prankard - 14 year old activist, founder of "Northern
Starfish" Attawapiskat initiative.
Maddie Cranston - 9 year old Ocean Warrior, activist, and
Scott Hammell - Guinness World Record setting escape artist and
Simon Jackson - Founder of "The Spirit Bear Youth Coalition", based
Annaleise Carr - Youngest person in history to swim across Lake
David Edward Garcia - Stand up comedian, one of the top youth
speakers in North America.
Talia Leman - 17 year old published author and founder of
Mark Black - 4-time marathon runner, heart & double-lung transplant
Trevor Bodogh - Extreme athlete and bicycle action performer.
Bill Johnson - Speaker, Teacher, Pilot, and Youth Leadership Expert
Shane Feldman - Founder of "Count Me In".
Notable Canadian supporters of Count Me In include singer Victoria
Duffield, actress Ashley Leggat, politician Peter Kent, Canadian Idol
winner Ryan Malcolm, and the cast of Degrassi.
With the support of Presenting Sponsors TD Bank Group and Fabricland,
Count Me In Conference will bring together Canadian charities and
organizations showcasing a selection of opportunities for students to
match their interests with community services.
Significant charity partners who have joined Count Me In to make this
event possible include World Vision Canada, Right To Play, Canadian
Cancer Society, and Plan Canada / Because I am a Girl. Working
together under one roof, these organizations hope to ignite a spark
within the youth audience. The nature of Count Me In is to inspire
youth to connect with one another and with their communities. The day
will shine a light on the importance of community connection,
teamwork, leadership and charity involvement.
Tickets to the conference are free for educators and $11 per student.
Teachers are encouraged to register their schools online
(cmiMovement.com) in January, as there are a limited number of
tickets available. For maximum impact, schools are asked to send a
combination of student leaders and "at-risk" student delegates to the
conference. The event will run from 8:45am to 2:45pm, and is a
cocurricular field trip.
Note to Press:
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-- High resolution photos and multimedia
-- Background information on Count Me In
-- Apply for media accreditation / backstage access at Count Me In
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