Emily Educator by Emily Educator July 5, 2019


What Do U Want 2 Do When U Grow Up?

300+ Youth Found the perfect Answer!

Turning Passion Into A Profession event, truly awaken the passion and entrepreneurial giant inside over 300 African and Indigenous Heritage students attending from schools across HRM and Nova Scotia Powerful words surrounded the youth, such as, “don’t allow yourself to be defined by someone else’s expectation, someone else’s perception, someone else’s ideas about who or what you should be. JUST SHOW THEM!” =ITY

Hundreds of diverse students walked into the Paul O’Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library curious and excited. They left discovering their career paths and willingness to speak their truth on what they want to be when they grow up.


The magic started from the moment the event opened, with the drumming of the Halifax Multicultural Drummers, next by honouring our land and culture with the honour song performed by Brittany Sue Pennell and the Black National Anthem sung by all. Followed by outstanding and engaging speakers, Honourable Tony InceCouncillor Lindell Smith,  Corey Writes,   Dr. Henry Annan,  Dr. Olugu Ukpai, Jaleesa Tolliver,  Brittany Sue Pennell, and  event coordinator and Keynote  Speaker Ms. Jessica Bowden M.S.M. Each delivering messages the youth will use and remember for days, weeks and months to come.

Jaw dropping things happen when you connect today’s youth with their dreams and the lady they call Ms. B aka the pipe piper of youth. ENJOY MORE PHOTOS

Seeing is believing, as we witness hundreds of youth become engaged and connecting with the energy that filled the room from keynote speaker, Ms. Jessica Bowden. M.S.M. CEO of the award-winning publication Teens Now Talk magazine, International inspirational speaker and facilitator, founder of Passport 2 Youth Success and =ITY, Inspiring Today’s Youth Societ.

On this day, youth unlocked their right to dream! The event highlighted how the entrepreneurial footprint of today’s youth are quickly changing, how the depth of their career paths is more then settling for playing sports and music, says Bowden. Don’t get it twisted, youth following these paths are taking it to a higher multi-dimensional level. They will play the sports for example, but with goals to own the team or build a better stadium.

Sponsors of Turning Passion Into A Profession.

Halifax Public Libraries, Shout out to  Heather MacKenzie Manager – Diversity Services, and Nicole Rosenow-Redhead – Youth Services Supervisor.  PLUS, the many HPL team members who help make this event possible.

TeensNowTalk & =ITY Inspiring Today’s Youth Society. Shout out to Susan Shea, TNT Community Liaison, Kyheem Dixon Bowden, Kuru Omri, and Tia Tao the TNT & =ITY teen event team.

Shout out to our speakers: Jessica Bowden M.S.M. CEO Teens Now Talk Magazine Publishing Inc & Founder of =ITY Inspiring Today’s Youth Society

Honourable Tony Ince, Councillor Lindell Smith, Jaleesa Tolliver, Corey Write, Dr. Henry Annan Dr. Olugu,  Samuel, Emenike Olugu from The Halifax Multi Cultural Drummers

Brittany Sue Pennell, Indigenous Focus Halifax Regional Center for Education.

Shout out to YOU, the youth and educators schools across Nova Scotia for helping to make this event possible! Share the photos and videos with your class and students – Thank you

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