Count Me In

Count Me In

January 09, 2013 08:30 ET

Teen Stars to Headline Radical Youth Conference

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 9, 2013) -

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Degrassi's Luke Bilyk, rapper Lil Jaxe, actress Kristin Chenoweth and Flashpoint's Sarena Parmar join a list of teen superstars for the largest youth-run empowerment event in Canada - Count Me In Conference (CMIC).

The groundbreaking event, uniting 1,500 students from across Ontario, will influence youth-driven social change. More than 20 celebrity speakers, entertainers and young activists from around the world will take centre stage at The Mississauga Living Arts Centre on Wednesday April 17, 2013.

Count Me In Conference is being organized entirely by a team of teenagers. It has been designed as a field trip for students in grades 8 through 12.

CMIC is a branch of the Canadian organization "Count Me In". Toronto-born teen icon Shane Feldman started Count Me In as a school project when he was 13 years old. Now at 18, Shane is proud to be leading the Count Me In movement, recognized today as the largest initiative of its kind.

The House of Commons have acknowledged Feldman for his work and he was recently honored with the Citizen of Character Award.

Count Me In Conference will impact teens with an inspiring line-up of speakers and entertainers, uniting to share powerful messages promoting volunteerism.

CMIC 2013 Speakers and Performers include:

Luke Bilyk - Host of CMIC 2013; Actor ("Drew Torres" on Degrassi).

Jake Zeldin - aka "Lil Jaxe", 13 year old Canadian rapper.

Sarena Parmar - Plan Canada Ambassador; Actress (Flashpoint, Degrassi).

Kristin Chenoweth - Tony and Emmy® Award-winning actress and singer. (*via video)

Wesley Prankard - 14 year old activist, founder of "Northern Starfish" Attawapiskat initiative.

Maddie Cranston - 9 year old Ocean Warrior, activist, and environmentalist.

Scott Hammell - Guinness World Record setting escape artist and stuntman.

Simon Jackson - Founder of "The Spirit Bear Youth Coalition", based in Vancouver.

Annaleise Carr - Youngest person in history to swim across Lake Ontario.

David Edward Garcia - Stand up comedian, one of the top youth speakers in North America.

Talia Leman - 17 year old published author and founder of "RandomKid".

Mark Black - 4-time marathon runner, heart & double-lung transplant recipient.

Trevor Bodogh - Extreme athlete and bicycle action performer.

Bill Johnson - Speaker, Teacher, Pilot, and Youth Leadership Expert

Shane Feldman - Founder of "Count Me In".

Notable Canadian supporters of Count Me In include singer Victoria Duffield, actress Ashley Leggat, politician Peter Kent, Canadian Idol winner Ryan Malcolm, and the cast of Degrassi.

With the support of Presenting Sponsors TD Bank Group and Fabricland, Count Me In Conference will bring together Canadian charities and organizations showcasing a selection of opportunities for students to match their interests with community services.

Significant charity partners who have joined Count Me In to make this event possible include World Vision Canada, Right To Play, Canadian Cancer Society, and Plan Canada / Because I am a Girl. Working together under one roof, these organizations hope to ignite a spark within the youth audience. The nature of Count Me In is to inspire youth to connect with one another and with their communities. The day will shine a light on the importance of community connection, teamwork, leadership and charity involvement.

Tickets to the conference are free for educators and $11 per student. Teachers are encouraged to register their schools online ( in January, as there are a limited number of tickets available. For maximum impact, schools are asked to send a combination of student leaders and "at-risk" student delegates to the conference. The event will run from 8:45am to 2:45pm, and is a cocurricular field trip.

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