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SSIS Hosts We Stand We Lead China Conference

April, 2016
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ssis-suzhou-we-stand-we-lead-12Over 300 students from eight international schools in Shanghai and Suzhou attended a youth leadership summit in February designed to help them to discover the power of self and service, and affect positive change at three levels – personal, local and global. ‘WE Stand. WE Lead. CHINA’ was hosted by Suzhou Singapore International School on 27 February.

Designed like a concert, passionate keynote speakers delivered their messages and inspire, inform and incite while motivating young people to engage and lead in their own way. WE Stand delivered thought provoking, meaningful discussions that asked students to reflect on the direction of their lives, as well as their local and global communities.

One keynote speaker, Chris Koch from Alberta Canada, was born without arms or legs, but that didn’t stop him from fulfilling his dreams. “I want to use my life to inspire and motivate others,” says Koch. “I also want to give people a good laugh, too — if you can’t laugh at life, what can you laugh at?” Koch’s inspirational story was featured on Oprah Winfrey’s ‘Super Soul Sunday’ series.

SSIS Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) Coordinator, Allison Parratt, was the Shanghai-Suzhou Summit Coordinator for the WE Stand. WE Lead originating from Canada. “This Summit was the perfect opportunity to speak about the importance that lies at the heart of CAS in the IB program,” says Parratt. “It was also a chance to teach young people how to engage in service in their own unique way long after school is done.”

Students had the opportunity to also engage with local and global charitable organizations and also experience ‘day in the life of…’ activities. Parratt said, “Students were genuinely excited about this event as it is the first of its kind to come to China. We were very fortunate to have the opportunity for our youth and it turned out to be very exciting day.”

 

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