By Judy Roche

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As a parent of two boys in elementary school, the ongoing problem of bullying in our schools has hit close to home a number of times. I admit that, to an extent, we have had to deal with both sides of the situation. Because of this, I am thrilled that the We Stand Up 2014 student conference is back for a second year, taking place at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium on April 24. Like last year, over 1,400 students from Thunder Bay and the district will take part in the conference with the goal being to “Engage, Empower, and Encourage!” youth to stand up against bullying, racism, social injustice, and world hunger.

In addition to local musicians, speakers, and spoken word artist Chris Tse, an exciting addition to the conference will be keynote speaker Craig Kielburger, a social entrepreneur, best-selling author, syndicated columnist, and co-founder of Free the Children, an international charity and renowned educational partner that empowers youth to achieve their fullest potential as agents of change.

You can follow the We Stand Up initiative on Twitter at #WeStandUp2014.