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One of our goals at World-Changing Kids is to get the children leading as much as possible. So any assembly that we set up, or any event we run, will have children taking on speaking and leadership roles.

This photo is from the Orange Shirt Day Assembly that I helped facilitate at my children’s school. All the students were in attendance from grades 1 to 8. We had two amazing grade 8 students MC the entire assembly, and I had three fantastic grade 6 students and my grade 3 daughter help me out with my World-Changing Kids portion of the assembly. They each got a chance to speak into the microphone in front of all their classmates, fellow students and teachers.

Every time children get the chance to do something like this, something that is perhaps outside of their comfort zone, they build their confidence a bit more. Every new experience like this helps them develop their leadership skills. Every opportunity like this reinforces the truth that they can be anything that they want to be and that they deserve a seat at the table.

Student led assemblies are a huge part of our Year of Kindness for Schools program. The program consists of three assemblies – a Kick-off Assembly for Families, a Kick-off Assembly for Students and Teachers and a Final Assembly. For these assemblies, we send the school the presentation and a suggested script for students to help them get started. There are also Kindness Improv Scenes that we have written that can be worked into the Kick-off Assemblies. The Year of Kindness for Schools Program provides so many amazing opportunities for leadership development.

For more information on the program, check out our website at: http://worldchangingkids.ca/archives/5324

Or watch our video at: https://youtu.be/gbGkDtmd5vU

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