Neepawa students joined more than 18,000 other youth from across the province last Tuesday in Winnipeg for the now annual We Day event at the MTS Centre. NACI's HOPE group took 56 students to the event that aims to inspire youth to lead both local and global change in a positive way, thinking about their neighbours, social injustices and philanthropic endeavours. This year's We Day event was headlined by speaker Mikhail Gorbachev, the former leader of the Soviet Union, who spoke about the need for world peace and unity. Several other well-known ambassadors spoke, while entertainers like Lights and Shawn Desmon helped keep youth motivated throughout the event. Attendance to the event was free, but students are asked to commit to one local and one global action of their choice throughout the year afterwards. Last year, NACI's HOPE group participated in several local intitiatives as well as raised money to help support building a water well in Africa. Winnipeg's first We Day event was held in 2011, while We Day events are held across Canada and involve more than 62,000 youth annually. For more on the experience, students from Neepawa will be writing an article in the coming weeks for local media.