The second WE Day in The Golden State—from doors open at the SAP Center to the last note in the G.R.L. finale performance—brought all the inspiration our West Coast change-the-world hearts have been craving.
16,000 young world-changers from across the state were gathered to celebrate all the global and local action they’ve been making, and to kick start a whole new year of creating change.
What more could you ask for? World-renowned speakers. Check! Ridiculously inspiring youth. Check! Amazing performances. Check, check!
So, to get you caught up and to cure any possible signs of FOMO, here are our fav moments from the WE Day California 2015.
The day kicked off on a high note with a moving spoken word piece by Mustafa the Poet, empowering words from Free The Children co-founders Craig and Marc Kielburger, and the state of the We union from Kid President!
FIRST PERIOD: ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT
WE Day is all about empowering youth to act, so who better to have taught our first class than Zuriel Oduwole? She’s only 12 years old, but has already started her journalism career and has even interviewed presidents!
Award-winning actress and activist Mia Farrow motivated us with her worlds and told us, “Light always trumps darkness. Remember that.” Much to the audience’s surprise & excitement, Cody Simpson returned at the end of first period to debut his new song New Problems for the very first time! That was so rad.
SECOND PERIOD: TECHNOLOGICAL EMPOWERMENT
Our very own Spencer West rolled out the tech period with some of the incredible ways people have used technology and science to find solutions to global problems throughout history.
Speaking of history, we got to hear from Lt. Colonel Eileen Collins who made history as the first female to pilot a NASA space mission. She is such an inspiration!
The inspiration in the room jumped to the next level when 9-year-old Ezra Frech came on stage to share his story of how technology helped to empower him to be the young athlete that he is now.
Some of our fav stars took the stage including Joe Jonas and New Girl’s Hannah Simone who shared her own ME to WE story. Of course, we couldn’t end the period without some more music. Cher Lloyd hit the stage to perform I Want You Back!
THIRD PERIOD: SOCIAL EMPOWERMENT
Hannah Alper, a 12-year-old blogger & youth activist introduced our third class of the day with Oakland Raider James Jones!
Platinum-selling international girl group G.R.L. brought their beautiful sound to the stage with their song Lighthouse, and gave everyone goosebumps. Academy Award-winning actress Marlee Matlin moved us with her personal story of overcoming obstacles.
What’s her formula for breaking down barriers? Courage + Dream = Success
Motivational speaker Ashley Murphy shared her message of self-acceptance, J.R Martinez talked about the positive effects of empowering others, G.R.L. returned to speak up about mental health, and Grammy Award winning artist Colbie Caillat wowed us with her song, Try.
FOURTH PERIOD: EDUCATIONAL EMPOWERMENT
Colbie Caillat had us on our feet for the last period of the day with a SECOND performance with her song Never Gonna Let You Down—she didn’t disappoint!
Craig and Marc Kielburger talked to us about the importance of educational empowerment. Marc added, “What we really learned today are the different ways WE can come together to change our world.” So true!
Then the amazing girl group G.R.L returned for one final performance to end the day with a whole lot of energy.
WE Day California had us SO ready to make a difference. Stat.
Ready to turn your passion into action? We have what you need!
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WE Day California is free to thousands of students thanks to Co-Title Sponsors Microsoft, Allstate and Unilever Project Sunlight. Learn more about WE Day California here.