The Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario hosted its annual Just-Us Youth Day, a symposium for more than 210 Grade 10 students from across the Board’s ten secondary schools. The day gives students an opportunity to learn about the good work being done by not-for-profit organizations and individuals committed to social justice initiatives. Each year the presentations are developed around a theme; this year’s theme was “Ignite the Light of Justice,” inspiring students to become informed and act on social justice causes.
Kemptville’s Ryan Hreljac of Ryan’s Well Foundation was the guest speaker at the recent Just-Us Youth Day. Students attended workshops in the afternoon, on how they can make a difference in local and global communities. The workshops, designed to move students to act on social justice causes, were presented by a wide variety of groups including: Free the Children, India Village Poverty Relief Fund, Development and Peace, and Best Buddies Program, among others.