In 1995, 12-year-old Craig Kielburger read about Iqbal Masih, a child laborer of the same age who escaped slavery and was murdered for advocating for children’s rights. Iqbal’s story inspired him to take action and rally other youth to join his cause. It also showed Craig and Marc that people as young as them could drive significant change in the world. Twenty-five years later, WE is a movement that gives young people and their teachers a platform and the tools to make a difference in their communities and in those around the world.
For over 25 years, we've worked with in equal partnership with communities around the world to break the cycle of poverty. Their stories are humbling and inspiring. We invite you to read some of them in this extraordinary coffee table book called, "IMPACT: The Improbable Story of WE." Featuring stunning photography, it honours the remarkable people we are proud to not just call partners but also friends.
Equity, diversity and inclusion have always been key pillars of our WE Schools and WE Teachers programming. We continue to be deeply committed to supporting youth and educators with resources to help further understanding and to take meaningful action on these important topics. Below are some of the free tools we offer.
Through WE Teachers, we provide free professional development and resources, rooted in trauma -informed practice. Through WE Schools we offer a series of curricular and extra-curricular resources to support you and your students through service learning and taking action on relevant issues in your community. Visit the WE Virtual Learning Center to register for free access.
Over the years, we’ve been honored to host renowned civil rights leaders, activists, thinkers, experts, educators, and young people at WE Day events around the world sharing their life experiences and campaigns for anti-racism, diversity and inclusion. We've assembled a collection of their speeches in the hopes that they inspire you.
The WE Virtual Learning Center is a free resource library designed to help teachers build their capacity in the classroom and support their students. With a focus on service-learning, trauma-informed practice and well-being, it includes everything from curriculum and lesson plans to professional development tools. Register below for access—it’s free, easy and takes two minutes!
Schools participated in WE Schools globally
Total volunteering hours
Pounds of food collected
Schools and schoolrooms built around the world
Women around the world have been empowered with financial independence
Children have access to education