I’m so excited to share that I have just launched a Change Heroes campaign called Project Empowerment and I’m so happy to see the change that my team is going to make. I’ve learned a thing or two about creating change in the past few years – I traveled across this beautiful country with We Day the We Create Change Tour. When I look back on what we did, why we did it and who we did it for, what it all comes down to is EMPOWERMENT.
I am writing this today because I have been empowered – my journey as a changemaker is fueled by it.
I am empowered by support from my parents and teachers.
I am empowered by my role models and mentors.
I am empowered by my community – that community that includes you – the community that we call WE.
I am empowered because I have found my voice both through my blog and through speaking.
I am empowered by the many organizations like Free The Children, Change Heroes and RBC Insurance and the tools and resources that they provide to me.
I am empowered because I know that the all of the things that we do add up to make a big difference.
Here’s the biggest thing that I have learned about empowerment – when you have it – you need to do 2 things with it.
1. Use it.
2. Share it. Give it away. Pass it on.
This is really important and has both local and global meaning this year.
Locally, empower your friends, family and community to find their spark and take action. Believe in and support someone the way that others have done for you. That is how you empower somebody.
Globally, with initiatives like Project Empowerment, we turn our focus beyond our circle to include people that we don’t know, but we can give them empowerment that will make a big difference in their lives and the lives of their families and communites. Empowerment is all about providing opportunity for people to create their own change.
This is why I’ve launched my Project Empowerment Campaign with Change Heroes. It’s really easy – and so much fun – to get involved!
I’m asking for you to give $1 a day for 3 months – that’s less than a chocolate bar or a bag of chips. I’ve made the first donation to get it started.
The funds I’ve committed to raising will make a long-lasting impact on villages in Ecuador through various programs, including:
3-year programs with girls in primary and secondary school to develop public speaking skills, leadership training, group working skills and developing confidence and pride.
Training and skill development to empower women to engage in entrepreneurship opportunities to support the livelihood of their families.
Weaving, animal husbandry, as well as financial and empowerment training to develop small businesses.
Free The Children encourages formations of women’s and girls’ groups to strengthen family income, increase self-esteem of young women and develop strong female leaders.
All 4 actions enables a community of women to support their families through small business, and send their children to school. instead of work. This kind of support helps break the cycle of poverty, and we know what happens when kids go to school. That’s right….Change.
Change Heroes is an awesome way to create change and get your friends and family involved with you. It is really proof that all the little things (even $1 a day) adds up to make a big difference. Project Empowerment is a campaign that is running for a limited time – you have to launch by the end of March.
Oh, there’s one more thing to tell you – RBC Insurance is giving away a Me to We trip for 4 to Ecuador and if your #ProjectEmpowerment campaign raises $3000 or more, you are entered into a draw to win a trip to see the change that you are creating first hand!