WE Day and our year-long educational program WE Schools work together to empower youth to be drivers of social change. Both are built on the belief that everyone has the power to make a difference and that when we act together, we can transform the world. Our model of youth empowerment challenges young people to act with intention and lead with compassion by connecting them to society’s most pressing issues at home and globally, and then helping them find their passion for change. WE Day is a celebration of their actions.
“WE Day truly inspired me to keep going and make a change, and just the thought that the stadium was full of young people determined to change the world is heart-warming and not something that could be put into words. It gave me even more hope and knowledge that one day, this world will be different because of people like us.” — Andy, WE Day UK participant.
Jason Saul, CEO of Mission Measurement, on the outcomes of WE Day and WE Schools programs.
According to the WE Schools 2018–2019 Year in Review report, educators reported that WE Day and the accompanying WE Schools program has significant behavioral impacts.
Of educators reported that students ask more critical questions to reflect on and understand issues and concepts.
Of educators reported that students demonstrate better leadership among their peers.
Of educators reported that students feel a greater connection to their local community.
Of educators reported that students are more able to work effectively and respectfully in diverse teams.
Of educators said students demonstrated more responsibility toward local and global issues in their life.
Of educators are more likely to integrate community content into their regular classroom and/or lessons.
After experiencing the energy of WE Day, educators and students at Cameron Elementary School in Burnaby, British Columbia knew they had to help change the world. Turning their inspiration into action, the school participated in both the We Are Silent and Haiti: La Solidarite campaigns to support those in need.
When teacher Thomas Akers’ service group at Cambridge Junior/Senior High School decided to volunteer serving food to the homeless, they had trouble finding a night when everyone could all get together. Their solution? Volunteer on New Year’s Eve. The first trip to the community meal site in Rock Island was eye-opening for the students from small-town Cambridge, Illinois.
In 2013, a WE Charity speaker and facilitator visited the Regis School in Bognor Regis, West Sussex, to inspire students to “Be The Change.” Students decided to take action in their local community around the issue of food poverty by supporting the WE Scare Hunger campaign, breaking the record for WE Charity in the UK by collecting 800 kg of food for the Bognor Regis food bank.