February 22, 2016

SASKATOON - Youth can make a positive impact by standing up to bullying, welcoming those who feel isolated, and seeking ways to positively affect others, said a local high school student.

"We each have the power to make someone's day better, but we also have the power to make it worse," said Natasha Kitchen, a student at Centennial Collegiate. "What are we going to do about it?"

The school hosted a Feb. 5 event on the Power of One, which involved Catholic and public high schools in the city.

"Even though I am just one person, I believe that we all can make that change and stand up," Kitchen said. "I believe that I am making a change and a difference in the world.

"So today I challenge each of you to do the same, with just one simple step or act of kindness - to be the movement of change and empower others around you."

Paige Chevaldayoff said students of St. Joseph Catholic High School in Saskatoon had recently welcomed Syrian refugees, greeting them at the airport, and gathering winter gear such as toques and mittens for the newcomers.

"We help those in need by even the smallest ways possible," said Chevaldayoff.

"Because as we all learned today change starts with the Power of One and the difference of one person."