Illustration by Randall Nelson
Madeline Titus, a junior at Cathedral High School in St. Cloud, is excited about We Day coming to Minnesota. “Last year was my second time at We Day,” the 16-year-old says of the event that honors youth volunteers. “It’s hard to describe the day. I’ve never experienced anything like it. It’s like 18,000 teenagers screaming, not for Justin Bieber, but for something that actually matters. It’s one of those times you get goose bumps all over your arms.”
Titus earned her ticket to We Day this year by doing a couple of things. She traveled to Arizona with kids from other local high schools for a social justice conference that led to the creation of an anti-bullying workshop. “When it comes to bullying, no matter how many times teachers or parents say something, it comes down to the students and how they interact with each other,” she says. She also volunteers at a nursing home. “Helping at the nursing home puts my faith into action and shows me what it means to be human: It’s respecting others and their human dignity,” she says.