With a heavy heart we must inform you that WE made the difficult decision earlier this week to cancel all WE Day events, including WE Day Community: Baltimore (March 30), WE Day Illinois (April 29) and WE Day California (May 8) and instead will bring the spirit of our WE Day celebrations virtually into classrooms around the world through a series of live and interactive online events. WE is committed to always following the guidelines of public health experts, and this decision to cancel WE Day events was taken out of an abundance of caution in light of the COVID-19 situation.
We understand it will be disappointing for the hundreds of thousands of students, educators, speakers and partners who participate every year and collectively logged 10.5 million hours of service this year for 5,000 causes.
This Spring, WE has made the decision to deliver our WE Day celebrations virtually into global with live and interactive online events, featuring celebrity guest appearances, student change-makers and educators from across the globe who are tackling critical social issues and making a difference in their communities and beyond. Dates to be announced soon.
Our WE Schools program will remain unaffected by the current situation. WE Schools is a leader in providing virtual service-learning programs that are accessible to K-12 students, educators and families globally. Educators and students who participate in our global programs receive resources to support their service learning, and then participate in facilitated sessions. This programming is broadcasted live and subject-matter experts speak about their work and lived experiences related to addressing social issues and making an impact.
More than ever, it is paramount that we continue to support young people in their pursuit of active citizenship, the development of their social emotional skills and future readiness, and provide opportunities to connect with a community of changemakers. We thank the teachers, parents and our partners for their unwavering encouragement of our young people.
At this time, the WE Day stadium events for the Fall 2020 season remain unaffected.
WE will continue its policy of actively monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation globally through the World Health Organization, and following guidelines from national public health organizations including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, National Health Services (UK), and Public Health Agency of Canada.
From all of us at WE, stay safe and healthy!
WE Day is hard to describe. An ocean of people coming together to celebrate taking action and making an impact—it is the manifestation of the WE movement.
This year alone over 200,000 young people, each having made a difference with at least one local and one global action, will come together in 17 cities across the United States, Canada, the UK, and the Caribbean to take part in this unparalleled educational initiative. Through educational resources and service campaigns, WE Schools prepares students for success in life. These programs offer young people the tools and the inspiration to take social action, empower others and transform lives—including their own.
Students can’t buy a ticket to WE Day—they can only earn it by taking one local and one global action through WE Schools, a yearlong educational program that engages, educates and empowers young people to become compassionate leaders and active citizens.
To connect with students who are leading the change, interview WE Day co-founders Craig and Marc Kielburger or one of our ambassadors, or request b-roll footage, please contact: WE Day PR at [email protected]
WE Day is truly a global movement. In the 2020/2021 school year, WE Day will be taking place in cities across North America and the UK.
The full list of dates are as follows:
WE Day UK: March 4, 2020, SSE Arena, UK WE Day Montreal | French: February 4, 2020, Theatre St-Denis, Montreal WE Day Montreal | English: February 3, 2020, Theatre St-Denis, Montreal WE Day Manitoba: October 30, 2019, Burton Cummings Theatre WE Day Community: Nottingham: November 5, 2019, Royal Concert Hall Theatre WE Day Ottawa: December 10, 2019, National Art Centre WE Day Vancouver: November 19, 2019, Rogers Arena WE Day Alberta: October 22, 2019, Rogers Place WE Day Atlantic Canada: October 16, 2019, Scotiabank Centre WE Day UN: September 25, 2019, Barclays Center WE Day Toronto:September 19, 2019, Scotiabank Arena WE Day UN: September 26, 2018, Barclays Center, New York WE Day Alberta: October 12, 2018, Rogers Place, Alberta WE Day Manitoba: October 30, 2018, Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg WE Day Ottawa: November 14, 2018, Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa WE Day Vancouver: November 22, 2018, Rogers Arena, Vancouver