On Thursday May 3rd, The Fish Project finally took place! It was months of hard work, but it was all worth it.
Held at Cassie Campbell Community Centre in Brampton, and attended by the students of Fletcher’s Meadow Secondary School, the Fish Project was able to inspire an amazing group of students. Although the group was small, the overall quality and caliber of individuals in attendance was beyond compare. Along the way, they were able to pick up some helpful tip to learn “how to fish”. Through this one-day conference, students were given the tools they needed to start their own initiatives.
Louroz Mercarder talked to the youth about starting their own initiatives and how to do just that. Matthew Manzano talk about using social media for social good. Adriane Beaudry enlightened everyone as to the importance of volunteering. Finally, Lisa Huynh was able to inspire the entire group with her story. Collectively, they were able to deliver an amazing message — but the success went far beyond that.
Delivering a message is one part of the puzzle. Having the youth respond is the other. Throughout each workshop, these young people were engaging, and involved. They had ideas. They had insightful questions. They had an interest in doing good. The youth particularly took an interest in the social media aspect of the day and responded with numbers. At the beginning of the day, we challenged the youth to tweet #FISHPROJECT throughout the conference. Within 4 hours, we received 2066 #FISHPROJECT tweets, and hundreds more with variations on the hashtag! In the last two minutes alone, we were receiving 100 tweets per minute. The students and organizers alike, were amazed by the response. Imagine what we could accomplish when we use social media to say something important!
A special thank you goes out to our granters, The United Way of Peel Region, the Region of Peel, and our title sponsor Rapport Youth and Family Services. Thank you also to all of the wonderful organizations that tabled with us during the Organizations Fair: ACCESS Charity, The United Way of Peel Region, Nexus Youth Centre, Our Place Peel, The Human Billboard, RHYTHM, and Volunteer MBC. Without your support, the Fish Project would not have been the success it was.
We encourage all of the youth to continue engaging with us. Pictures and video will be uploaded soon. Workshops will also be online soon. So keep checking back!