Count Me In

Count Me In

March 25, 2015 08:00 ET

Count Me In™ Global Broadcast Returns to Toronto's Sony Centre, April 14, 2015

World's Largest Youth-Led Movement Connects Teens to Local Community Causes

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - March 25, 2015) - The Count Me In™ Youth Movement announced today its hugely successful Global Broadcast will return to Toronto's Sony Centre on Tuesday, April 14th from 9:30am until 1:30pm ET. Designed to build a bridge between teens and their communities, the Global Broadcast launches a year-round digital mentorship program where students from across the globe are guided towards developing their own volunteer initiatives, and become more compassionate world citizens. While the Sony Centre will be filled with over 3,000 enthusiastic students from all over Ontario, millions more from across Canada and over 70 countries will be joining them online during National Volunteer Week.

The Count Me In™ global broadcast features more than 20 performances by top youth speakers, award winning musical artists, young leaders and teen icons.

Speakers include:

Holly Painter Youth activist, three-time Grand Slam Champion
Kevin Breel TED Speaker, comic & activist for mental health
Josh Shipp Former at-risk foster kid turned author & teen expert
Jessie Funk Author, singer & founder of the Ivy Girl Academy
Michael Champagne Youth activist, author, organizer and speaker
Ryan Porter Speaker, author, co-founder of Raise Your Flag
Yahya Bakkar Author of The Ultimate Guide to Teen Life
Wali Shah Teen activist who went from jail time to stage time
David Edward Garcia Voted #1 Youth Motivational Comedian
Sunjay Nath Author of The ABCs of Student Leadership

Performers include:

Cimorelli Comprised of 6 sisters, Cimorelli is a musical group that rose to fame through their YouTube Channel, which now has 750+ million views.
The Treble The critically acclaimed band has a growing reputation for crafting impressively bold and unique pop-rock music.
Abby & Sarah Discovered by Ellen DeGeneres, Abby and Sarah are talented 10 year old twins who have a passion for making music.

As Founder & CEO (Chief Executive Optimist) of Count Me In™, Shane Feldman is the creative strategist behind the movement since 2009.

"When I started high school in a new community, I had a lot of trouble finding my place and fitting in," says Feldman. "I went to my Guidance Counsellor to transfer to a new school, and before he would entertain the idea, he convinced me to sign up for some clubs and school initiatives that matched my hobbies and interests. Getting involved in my community saved me from depression, and the idea for Count Me In™ was born out of my desire to show other students how fun volunteering could be."

Feldman has been recognized by the United Nations Youth Assembly and Canada's House of Commons for his work on Count Me In™. He was honoured at the 6th Annual Character Community Awards Celebration with the Citizen of Character Award in 2012, and in 2013, Shane was named one of Canada's Top 20 Under 20 by the Order of Canada committee. When not working on Count Me In™ events, Feldman is speaking at schools, conferences and events, and working with non-profits and corporations on improving their youth engagement strategies.

About Count Me In™

Count Me In™ is the world's largest youth-led movement. It helps youth find their passion through local volunteerism. Count Me In™ helps connect young people with community opportunities and causes matching their interests. The organization provides youth with tools, resources and mentorship, combatting mental health issues, and inspiring local involvement, leadership, and grassroots social innovation.

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