Empowering a generation of change-makers
WE Day is an unparalleled celebration of young people committed to making a difference. WE Schools is the yearlong program that nurtures compassion in young people and gives them the tools to create change in their local and global communities.
Together they offer people the tools and inspiration to take social action, empower others and transform lives – including their own.
WE Schools: change-makers in action
WE Schools is our educational program that challenges young people to lead with the conviction that together, we can transform lives locally and globally.
The program helps young people understand how to step up and make a difference in their neighborhood and world at large, and provides them with the tools to take action and connect with other like-minded change-makers.
WE Schools combines unique curriculum, educational resources and action campaigns, and inspires students to identify the issues that spark their passion and create the change they want to see in the world. By taking action on one local and one global issue, students develop leadership skills needed to succeed academically, in the workplace and as active citizens.
WE Day: an unparalleled event
WE Day is the manifestation of the WE movement, an ocean of people coming together to create impact. Standing in a stadium full of change-makers will reaffirm your belief that a better world is possible.
WE Day brings world-renowned speakers and A-list performers together with tens of thousands of young people to celebrate their contributions and kick-start another year of inspiration.
Beginning as a single event nearly ten years ago, WE Day has evolved into a series of 19 stadium-sized events held across the United States, Canada, the UK and the Caribbean. This past year, 200,000 students attended WE Day and left inspired to create change both locally and globally.
You can’t buy a ticket to WE Day. Students earn their way by taking one local and one global action through WE Schools, our yearlong educational program that engages and empowers young people to become compassionate leaders and active citizens. Some students collect food for homeless shelters. Others raise money to build classrooms overseas. Every young person makes their own journey to WE Day, but together, they discover their power to change the world.
Not part of a WE School? No problem! Get the WE Day app to log your volunteer hours. Every hour tracked counts towards a ballot for a chance to earn your way to a WE Day event near you. The more hours you log, the better your chances of earning your way to WE Day!
WE are cause inclusive
WE Day and WE Schools are cause inclusive. These programs empower young people to find their passion and create the positive change they want to see in the world.
WE Day motivates young people in their desire to take action and celebrates their impact. WE Schools helps students, with the support of their educators and parents, to make a difference and transform that desire into concrete action. Together, WE Day and WE Schools provide the tools for young people to support any charitable organization or cause they choose.
WE supports other charitable organizations
We honor the work of philanthropic organizations and the young people who actively support them.
These are among the top 50 organizations supported by young people as tracked by WE Schools and Mission Measurement, 2014-2015:
- Terry Fox Foundation
- CHEO (Ottawa Children’s Hospital)
- United Way
- Covenant House
- Salvation Army
- St. Vincent De Paul Society
- Red Cross
- Winnipeg Harvest
- Canadian Cancer Society
- Daily Bread Food Bank
- Siloam Mission
- World Vision
- Second Harvest Food Bank
- Pink Shirt Day
- Mustard Seed
- Plan Canada
- World Wildlife Fund
- Good Shepherd Centre
- Samaritan’s Purse
- Malala Fund
- Zinc Saves Lives
- Shepherds of Good Hope
- David Suzuki Foundation
- Development and Peace
On the clarity, simplicity and ambition of the WE Day vision.
Jason Saul, CEO of Mission Measurement, a leading research firm that measures and evaluates social impact.
We work with Mission Measurement to track the work that is being done in classrooms. Because of this, we have seen schools get involved and celebrate over 9,000 local and global organizations.
Since 2007, youth involved in WE Schools have achieved remarkable results:
youth earned their way to WE Day
hours volunteered for local and global causes
hours of silence to advocate for those who go unheard
raised for more than 15,600 local and global organizations
pounds of food collected by youth for local food banks
social media supporters