Nearly eight years ago, 8,000 youth came together to celebrate the first-ever WE Day at Toronto’s Ricoh Coliseum. Since then, a global movement has been unfolding before our eyes, transforming the world from me to we—from a focus on the individual towards a generation that acts with intention, leads with compassion and believes in the power of community.
From this humble event in one Canadian city, WE Day has evolved into a series of 14 stadium-sized events dedicated to educating, engaging and empowering socially conscious youth to become active citizens and volunteers in their local and global communities.
Today, at National WE Day Canada, we proudly celebrate 50 WE Day events and the belief that started it all: young people have the power to change the world!
Since 2007, youth involved in Free The Children’s domestic programming have raised $45 million and volunteered 14.6 million hours for more than 1,000 local and global causes. Acting in solidarity with those around the world who are denied their rights, students have logged 8.9 million hours of silence.
Want to learn more about the impacts of WE Day on youth? The Ottawa Citizen’s Andrew Duffy sat down with Free The Children co-founder Craig Kielburger to ask him a few questions. Check out what he had to say: