A groundbreaking youth activation event is launching in Toronto during the NBA All Star Weekend

Press Release: Thursday, January 28, 2016, Toronto, On: 6 Social  (The name references six exciting technology tools, and six topics that matter to youth) will be a unique hands-on learning experience that involves a collision of people, communities and ideas.  

6 Social builds upon twenty years of experience by The Royal Conservatory - Learning Through the Arts division in developing youth voices through innovative arts-based learning opportunities.

The event is being organized in partnership Learning Through The Arts and a variety of grassroots organizations, several of which are led by alumni of the Remix ProjectCurrantNISE, and Toronto Youth Equity Strategy.

This is community collaboration with local non-for-profits, businesses and community activists supporting and executing the event February 13th and 14th, all taking place during NBA All Star Weekend, at the Royal Conservatory of Music - TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning

6 Social, will bring together young people from a wide variety of cultural and social backgrounds to explore how leading edge social media technologies can be used to tell their stories, build community engagement, enhance learning and solve problems that matter to them.

We are featuring made-in-Canada technologies such as Slack, PencilCase by Robots and Pencils, Fundrazr (crowdfunding) and more!

We are asking the question: Using technology, how would you solve today’s problems?

Then, over the weekend participants are given the opportunity to use these tools and create innovative solutions alongside industry experts, mentors and we will even have a couple celebrity drop ins. Plus up to $5,000 in prizes.
— Hannah Cree, Event Organizer

The goal is to create a 6 Social platform that encourages creativity, design thinking, and hands-on, experiential learning and innovative thinking. 6 Social provides youth with access to technology tools, mentors, and subject matter experts while bringing all levels of the community together.

The event MC is Marlon Palmer, a Toronto-based actor, comedian, and YouTuber, originally hailing from Maple, Ontario. On his channel ThatdudeMCFLY, Palmer produces comedic skits, song parodies, and rants, which have earned him more than 134,000 subscribers, and 19 million views to date.

Music industry guru Lola Plaku will be joining the 6 Social line up as the Special Social Media Guest as she explores how she leveraged social media in her day to day life and career.  Lola is not only the founder and owner of Lola Media Group and ILUVLOLA brand but also the day to day manager for artist French Montana.

The initial activation event in Toronto is a launch pad for community collaboration that will be replicated across Canada over the next year. 

6 Social registration is free, but space is limited.  If you are 14 to 29 or looking to volunteer or provide mentorship, go to 6social.org.

Media contact: 

Hannah Cree