Anxiety and stress levels are rising in Canadian classrooms—enter WE Well-being, a new initiative of WE Charity that will focus on self-care among students and teachers. The program is supported by the Erika Legacy Foundation, a suicide prevention charity, and the Hudson’s Bay Co. Read how the program will use online video modules to build safer schools, reduce stigma around mental health and improve social, emotional, physical and mental well-being.
Sophie Grégoire Trudeau has been working with youth and self-esteem for over 20 years and is open about her own struggles with bulimia as a young adult. She’s the perfect fit as an ambassador and ally for WE Well-being, a pilot project with educators in grades four to six that promotes mental well-being. Read more about how Sophie plans on working in prevention with WE Well-being, helping children and adolescents express personal stories of trauma from a young age.
It all began in 1995, when a dozen grade 7 students wanted to take a stand against child labour and create positive change. Twenty years later and the WE movement now hosts stadium-filled WE Days, has about 16,000 schools and groups involved in WE Schools and is kicking off new WE Family events, to help families engage in service. Read about how WE is celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday by building a community that is committed to doing good.
WE Day is going global through WE Day Connect! In partnership with Microsoft, classrooms around the world will now be able to use Skype and watch the 90-minute interactive show, held in major cities such as Toronto, Vancouver and New York. Anthony Salcito, vice-president of education for Microsoft, speaks to the Globe and Mail about how technology will help these students change the world.
Students from this WE School in Toronto are going above and beyond to create positive change in their communities. Each year, St. Jane Frances Catholic School hosts a friendly fundraising competition where classrooms compete to see who can raise the most money for a chosen cause. The results are always tremendous. Read about their efforts this year to raise funds for education in Sierra Leone.
WE Day California, an annual youth empowerment event, is bringing together students and educators as well as household-name celebrities. Hosted by John Stamos at the “Fabulous” Forum, it will feature celebrity speakers and performers, including March For Our Lives organizers Jackie Corin and Cameron Kasky, Paula Abdul, Jennifer Aniston and many more. Find out more about WE Day and the inspiring WE Schools and youth groups across California that are making a difference.
Good Housekeeping reports on the best charities to send money to this gift-giving season. After carefully looking through Charity Navigator and Charity Watch, they’ve made a list of the foundations that are transparent and honest about where their money goes. Find out why WE Charity, the recipient of the Good Housekeeping Humanitarian Seal, makes the list.