Empowering Young People to Change The World
Directed & Produced By: DAVIES CHIRWA
WE Day is a celebration of youth making a difference in their local and global communities. Thandi Chirwa who at only 11years old, is a bonafide Media anchor for Channel A TV interviewed not only the celebrities but also the local youth who participated at WE Day Seattle in Washington State. Among other correspondence, the youth expressed gratitude for the opportunity to listen to the celebrity role models encouraging them to follow their dreams and become the best of who they can be. WE Schools is the yearlong program that nurtures compassion in young people and gives them the tools to create transformational social change. Together they offer young people the tools and the inspiration to take social action, empower others and transform lives—including their own.
About WE Day
Rooted in the belief that every young person has the power to change the world, WE Day brings a generation of young leaders together to prove that no one is alone in their desire for change.
Taking the philanthropic world by storm with events in the U.S., Canada and the U.K., WE Day events are attended annually by 200,000 students from over 10,000 schools.
This stadium-sized event series has seen some of the world’s greatest speakers and performers such as Malala Yousafzai, Selena Gomez, Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Sir Richard Branson to Demi Lovato and Jennifer Hudson—with international activists and WE Day co-founders, Craig and Marc Kielburger, WE Day makes it cool to care.
More than a one-day event, WE Day is connected to the comprehensive yearlong, service learning WE Schools program that nurtures compassion in young people, giving them the tools to create transformative social change.
Students can’t buy a ticket to WE Day—they earn it through the WE Schools program, by participating in one local and one global action.
This year, WE Day celebrates the ME to WE movement—a community of people moving from me thinking to we acting, building a better world, where everyone has the power to speak out, let their voices be heard and make choices that have a positive impact.
WE Day is one of the world’s largest non-profit causes on Facebook with over 3.4 million likes and over one million followers on Twitter.
Since 2007, youth involved in WE Schools have achieved remarkable results:
o $62 million raised for more than 2,500 local and global organizations
o 19.9 million hours volunteered for local and global causes
o 7.6 million pounds of food collected by youth
o 10.5 million hours of silence logged by youth who took a stand for children in developing communities who are denied their rights.
WE Day inspires, engages and empowers youth to lead through service, building compassionate communities and transforming participants into active world-changers in the process. Independent third-party research by U.S.-based social impact consulting firm Mission Measurement has proven that WE Day and the accompanying yearlong WE Schools program generate powerful behavioral impacts. To name a few: o 91% of students felt strongly about turning their inspiration into action after WE Day.
o 95% of educators said students have demonstrated increased leadership o 80% of alumni volunteer more than 150 hours a year Learn about how you can get involved with the WE movement at www.we.org and stay connected online at:
o Like WE Day on Facebook o Twitter: @weday @CraigKielburger o Official Hashtag: #WeDay o Instagram @weday o Visit our Media Center About WE Day Seattle
WE Day Seattle and the year-round service learning program WE Schools are free to thousands of students across the state thanks to the generous support of co-title sponsors Microsoft Philanthropies and Allstate WE Day Seattle will take place at KeyArena at the Seattle Center on April 20, 2016
WE Day Seattle will bring together 15,000 students and educators from over 550 schools across the state to celebrate their commitment to taking action on issues they care about.
Last year, WE Day Seattle was held at the KeyArena at the Seattle Center with 15,000 students and educators and brought together renowned speakers and chart-topping musical artists including Coach Pete Carroll, Lily Collins, The Head and the Heart, Kweku Mandela and Shay Mitchell to inspire young people to change the world In the 2014/2015 school year, students and educators from across the state participated in remarkable social change o Over 213 schools and groups participated in Free The Children’s We Scare Hunger campaign, collecting 278,000 lbs. of food for local food banks o Over 86 schools and groups logged a total of 55,000 hours of silence, standing up for children in developing communities silenced by poverty and exploitation as part of Free The Children’s We Are Silent campaign.
Example of a local school taking action: Students at Licton Springs K-8 School in Seattle are passionate about changing the world and shifting it from me to we. This year, students are fundraising for Free The Children’s Adopt a Village’s five pillars (education, clean water and sanitation, health, agriculture and food security, alternative income and livelihood) in Los Campos, Nicaragua. Through their We Bake for Change campaign, students have already surpassed their goal of raising $1,000 through monthly bake sales, and are continuing to raise awareness within their school and community.