Neil Patrick Harris, Chance the Rapper, Selena Gomez, Mahershala Ali and Natalie Portman are coming to The Forum in Los Angeles on April 25!
By Zoe Demarco
WE Day is coming to the City of Angels!
On April 25, WE Day California returns to The Forum for our biggest show of the year. Sixteen thousand youth who have earned their tickets by taking action on one local and one global cause will fill the seats, as celebrities, influential speakers and talented performers grace the stage.
It will be an unforgettable day of action and inspiration for California’s young change-makers!
WE Day is the manifestation of WE—a movement that believes when we come together we can make the world a better place. It’s a powerful, life-changing experience!
WE was founded in 1995 by Craig Kielburger after he read about the death of Iqbal Masih in a newspaper. Iqbal was a former slave who had been murdered after speaking out against the horrors of child labour. Both boys were just 12 years old. Craig realized that except for the happenstance of birth, he could have met the same fate as Iqbal. He knew he had to do something to help free children who had been forced into child labour. Together with his older brother, Marc Kielburger, Craig started WE Charity.
Twenty-four years later, WE Charity has expanded beyond the issue of child labour to include a sustainable model of international development, called WE Villages, that works in nine countries around the world to address the underlying issues that lead to poverty. Through a service-learning program called WE Schools, youth in North America and the UK are empowered to be change-makers themselves. The only way to get to a WE Day event is by taking action through WE Schools—you can’t buy a ticket.
Hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, this year’s line-up includes Academy Award-winning actors, New York Times bestselling authors and Grammy-winning musicians. There’ll be innovators, activists and philanthropists. There’ll be appearances by Karamo Brown of Queer Eye, singer Meghan Trainor, Oscar winner Mahershala Ali and Joe Jonas of the Jonas Brothers. Plus, there’ll be advocates, youth speakers and, of course, Craig and Marc Kielburger.
To get you excited for WE Day California, check out five guests who are joining us at The Forum.
Chance the Rapper is a charitable powerhouse all his own, and we couldn’t be more excited that he’s bringing his inspiring energy to WE Day! The Grammy winner founded his own youth-focused charity, called SocialWorks, which aims to empower youth in his hometown of Chicago through the arts, education and civic engagement, while fostering leadership, accessibility and positivity.
Since she first hosted WE Day Vancouver back in 2014, Selena Gomez has inspired thousands of youth at WE Days across North America as a speaker, performer and host. She’s delivered passionate speeches about the importance of being a role model, urged youth to stay true to themselves and even shared her own story of battling Lupus.
Another new face for the WE Day stage! One fifth of the beloved Queer Eye cast, culture expert Karamo Brown will be joining us on April 25! A youth counsellor and passionate LGBTQ+ advocate, Brown spent 10 years as a social worker before landing his role on Queer Eye. He was even awarded the Human Rights Campaign Visibility Award in 2018 for his work in raising awareness of the unique challenges faced by LGBTQ+ people.
Natalie Portman is no stranger to the WE movement, but this will be the first year the Academy Award-winning actor takes the stage. Passionate about women’s empowerment and girl’s education, Portman travelled to Kenya with ME to WE in 2015 to meet with the very first graduating class from Kisaruni All Girls Secondary School. In the years since, she’s been part of the Dior Love Chain campaign and the Power of a Girl campaign, which both aimed to raise money to provide girls in Kenya with access to education.
Whether with his brothers or flying solo, Joe Jonas always bring a show-stopping performance to WE Day. The Grammy nominee has also made his own share of inspiring speeches at WE Days past, encouraging youth to be kind to the environment and make the world a better place. He even travelled to Kenya on a ME to WE Trip in 2013.