A lot of you might know that I am the community manager for the 2011 Miss Teen Canada-World show. So far, it has been exciting. Everyone said that it would be stressful but I’m doing great. I am getting the chance to meet 70 of the most achievement-oriented teen girls Canada has to offer. I also get to learn from them some tips and tricks about becoming a leader and a beauty princess. Miss Teen Canada-World is very empowering to young women. It teaches teens the importance of charity work and getting involved in their communities. It also teaches them life lessons about blogging (that’s what I’m here for) and the importance of social media.
If you have been living under a rock then maybe you don’t know that social media is the new “it” thing. The beautiful thing about social media is that it allows a person to brand them self online. We know this is very important for future employers, but it’s also important because it helps build up a person’s confidence. Knowing that your post is being read by numerous people, and therefore touching them in some way teaches a sense of responsibility. Your post can make someone laugh, smile or shed a tear. All those things bring us together and create an important support system for the blogger. In 2009, Siera Bearchell was crowned Miss Teen Canada-World partly because of her blog posts about a horrific experience she had before the show. She woke up to the screeching sound of the fire alarm and quickly realized her house was on fire. She and her family escaped from the burning house, but all their belongings perished along with the fire. Her post brought her fans together and helped her create a support system and fan base for her title. Teaching young Miss Teens the importance of practicing safe social media is very important. I’m not going to lie, I love it when you guys come up to me and mention my blog, or the fact that you even accidently blinked an eyelid in its direction. It makes me feel like what I have to say might matter to someone. Some of these ladies are only 13 years old, and introducing them to the blogging world is an honour. The ladies get three different blogging assignments: They are marked on their overall blog, how often they post and the content of their posts. Blogs were this weird quirky thing 5 years ago, and today, they are ruling the World Wide Web.
Enough about why blogging, social media and me (by default of course) are the best things ever; I want to talk to you about why the show itself is incredible. I touched a tad on the fact that the ladies get to help out the community. But they actually get to help out numerous communities. Part of the qualifications to be a Miss Teen is raising a minimum of $400 for Free the Children. Free the Children (if you haven’t heard) is an organization that “believes in a world where all young people are free to achieve their fullest potential.” Not a bad thing, I know. But most of the ladies actually exceed the $400 mark. Miss Teen Canada World has raised approximately $140,000 in the last 2 years for the organization. Another incredible bonus, the winner of the show gets to travel with Free the Children and help them build a school. WOW, imagine, at 19 or younger, getting to experience something of that magnitude. Working with kids and learning about a different culture—it is an experience that encourages a young teen to become a woman.
The girls get to spend nine days in Toronto for the show. This is when all the bonding and fun times happen. Michelle W., the show’s director, has a lot planned for the girls, such as tours and appearances, all exciting ways for the ladies to get exposure and enjoy some of the best things Toronto has to offer. Last year, the ladies appeared on Breakfast Television. I’m sure I would’ve been star struck but then again, I’m not a pro. Even though I’m filled with charisma (queue sarcasm) I like sitting behind my laptop more than the lens of a camera. I used to be photogenic at some point in my life, but I think I lost my mojo for it. If you want to visit any of the ladies’ blogs or check out what your hometown teen has to say, you can find them all on Squidoo Lens.
Not only are these young women leaders in their communities, they are picked based on their ambitions and passions. The ladies involved in the Miss Teen Canada-World all love the cause and work hard for the title. No one is in it to be lazy, they are invested and determined to be Miss Teen Canada-World.
So, if you want to know more about this awesome experience that I get to be a part of, ask away. As always, my blog is dear to me and I’m on here pretty regularly. Have a great and fun long weekend, friends!