One of the things that has always been very important to me is standing up for what you believe in — no matter how old (or young!) you are. My first experience standing up for what I believed in was when I was an elementary school student, saddened to see trees cut down and a favourite field cleared out for new development. It was at that point that I knew what was important to me as a citizen of the Earth. Eventually, I went on to join clubs that brought awareness to social and environmental rights. I was very actively involved in a few environmental committees in c.e.g.e.p. and university as well.
This is what I hope for my own child. I hope that when she finds her passion and what she wants to support and stand for, my wish is that she has the confidence to do so. She’ll certainly have the support from Hubby and myself. Even at 4 years old, she’s already sounding like a mini version of the amazing Hannah Alper!
When TELUS gave me the opportunity to attend WeDay in Toronto, I was overwhelmed by the energy and commitment Canadian youth had and even more blown away by their desire to make positive change in their communities. Now, that is something to be proud of.
Free the Children and TELUS partner to inspire young people to give back with new smartphone app
I’ve actually been waiting with baited breath for Free the Children and TELUS to officially introduce We365! It’s the first digital platform to inspire social good in youth.
Below are some snippets from the Media Release today:
In front of 18,000 youth and educators today at the youth empowerment and educational event We Day Vancouver, Free The Children and TELUS introduced We365, a first of its kind digital platform (in combination of functionality) for young people, making it easier than ever to make positive change in communities, locally and globally. We365 is a one-stop-shop for youth to take action, providing a central hub to collect and track volunteer hours, applaud and reward young world-changers, encourage social activism and help them connect with other like-minded, young individuals. For every sign-up from now until April 2014, Free The Children will immunize a child in its Adopt a Village communities overseas. Immunizations are crucial to preventing illnesses and enabling youth to grow up healthy and strong. In addition, every person who registers for We365 between September 20 and December 31, 2013, will be entered for a chance to win a $10,000 gift to their charity of choice* from TELUS.
“Young people today have the commitment and passion to change the world. TELUS is excited to continue to build upon our existing partnership with Free The Children and our investment in youth through We365 – an innovative new platform that celebrates and nurtures a like-minded community spirit,” said Jill Schnarr, Vice President of Community Affairs, TELUS. “Through We365, TELUS is combining the power of technology with the popularity of social media, and will engage kids with online challenges throughout the year, inviting them to take action to better their communities, in the process, giving them a chance to win access to exclusive events, as well as scholarships and charity grants.”
We365 is easy to use with five key features:
· Causes & Challenges – We365 connects users with more than 60 causes they are passionate about, such as the environment, animal welfare, education and anti-bullying. Challenges are the actions users take to help support the causes they care most about.
· The Action Dial – this interactive dial allows users to take online and real-life challenges through photos, status updates or check-ins. Challenges range from simple daily online actions to weekly tasks with a real world impact. It can be as simple as posting a photo of a person picking up litter, donating lunch money, or volunteering at a local animal shelter.
· Volunteer Tracking – In recent years, many school boards have committed to service learning and volunteering to enrich the student experience. The Volunteer Tracking feature helps students, educators and organizations track and verify hours that can be leveraged to build their social impact portfolio for school purposes, résumés and university applications.
· Personal Fundraising Pages – Users can create personal fundraising pages for charities or causes they are most passionate about, with access to 85,000 registered charities in Canada. What’s more, with special thanks to RBC, the new platform will empower financial literacy, supporting personal fundraising pages and providing relevant causes/challenges to help young people gain a stronger understanding of money matters.
· Gamification and Badges – Users are recognized by earning points for the completion of challenges, volunteer hours, and fundraising dollars. Users with high scores can be rewarded with badges that will be displayed on their profiles to celebrate their impact.
The free We365 digital platform is a safe environment for like-minded young people to connect and share ways they are making a positive difference in the world, together. Students under 13 can join with parental guidance. Their privacy is protected, with limited connectivity to other users, and parents are sent regular email updates on their child’s activity. Youth over 13 have unlimited access to the social space to connect, track their mandatory school volunteer hours, and share their social impact on other social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.
With the introduction of the We365 app, it is important to ensure that kids are engaging in online activities safely. With that in mind, TELUS WISE and TELUS WISE Footprint Internet safety programs for youth will be integrated into the We365 app. TELUS WISE is a unique educational program focusing on Internet and smartphone safety that helps keep families safer from online criminal activity such as financial fraud and cyberbullying. This program is available as a free resource to all Canadian families. Visit www.telus.com/wise for more information.
Impressing not only youth, but parents too.
As a loyal TELUS customer since 2000, I’ve been in awe of TELUS’ social commitment. Not only are they a reliable, trustworthy carrier, but their support for various causes (social, environmental, to begin with) are impressive. As a parent to a child who will be more and more active on the internet in the coming years, I am excited about TELUS’ steps in making programs for youth that will keep youth and families safer online. We365, in my opinion, should be something students across Canada should have.
In addition, We365 has been awarded the Parent Tested Parent Approved (PTPA) Winner’s Seal of Approval. PTPA Media has North America’s largest volunteer parent testing community, with over 60,000 parents and was rated the Most Trusted Seal by 22,000 parents.
We365 is globally available on www.we365.com. It will also be available for free download on BlackBerry®, Android™** and IOS through BlackBerry World, Google Play and the Apple App Store. A French version of the digital platform will be available later this fall.