Make A Vow
There are a number of ways to engage with the We Vow movement:
1. MAKE A VOW to DO SOMETHING in your community to make it better. Volunteer to help those in need. Commit to befriending those at your school who are bullied or ignored. Hold a bake sale to generate donations for the local shelter. Host an event for new Canadians struggling to establish themselves in their new home. For more ideas, check out the vows below.
2. WRITE A SONG on the WE VOW THEME of youth social justice and choosing love.
3. WRITE A SHORT STORY OR POEM on the WE VOW THEME of youth social justice and choosing love.
4. CREATE A VIDEO on the WE VOW THEME of youth social justice and choosing love.
5. CREATE VISUAL ART on the WE VOW THEME of youth social justice and choosing love. From paint to pencil to poster, create imagery that gives voice to the message with power and meaning.
Report back with photos and stories of your community activism. The most inspiring tales of love in action will be featured on Wevow.ca and add to a national wave of kindness.
All artistic vows -- songs, writing, videos and visual art -- will be reviewed by panels of distinguished musicians, writers, broadcasters and visual artists who will choose the most inspiring to be featured on Wevow.ca each month. We will promote the best examples far and wide.
To celebrate the incredible social justice activities and creativity unfolding across the country, we will host a gala event in Toronto in 2018 that will bring together some of the most amazing "vowers" -- from young community activists to musicians, writers and videographers -- to celebrate their accomplishments and build our movement.
Need some help thinking of your Vow? Here are a few ideas to use, or inspire your own:
- I vow that if I witness acts of bullying, racism or intolerance I will speak out to authority figures.
- I vow to hold my school officials accountable for maintaining an environment of tolerance and kindness
- I vow that I will befriend and defend those who face cruelty and judgement
- I vow to organize a used clothing drive in my neighborhood for the local shelter
- I vow to organize a community event to celebrate all cultures at school
- I vow to welcome outsiders – whether they are new Canadians or new neighbors – into my world with an open heart
- I vow to gather friends together and clean garbage in the neighborhood park where children play
- I vow to write a poem about the challenges of bullying and violence in schools
- I vow to volunteer at a senior citizens’ home by reading to elderly residents who are unable to do so on their own
- I vow to sell crafts at school and give the profits to a nearby women’s shelter
All vowers are invited to report back on their progress with stories, pictures and videos. Some of the most inspiring vows will be featured on a special page of Wevow.ca each month, get shared with our growing network and become part of our inaugural gala event in April 2018.
Your Vows IN action
Rachel started an initiative at her school sharing a special video message, vowing to stop bullying in their school.
I vow to hold a sing-a-thon at school with the help of our choir teacher to raise money for the homeless shelter so that there is enough food for them to eat.
Cindy, Age 8, Mississauga
Nathan, age 11, has vowed to gather friends together to clean up garbage at the neighborhood playground where children play.