We Day: Empowering Youth to Act Locally and Globally

We_Day_LogoEach year thousands of young people gather together to celebrate with musical acts as big as the Jonas Brothers, speakers as famous as Shaquille O’Neal, and inspiring stories from the likes of Al Gore, Barbara Bush, and even Minnesota’s own Mark Dayton. These acts, stories, and celebrations come together under the name We Day, and are meant to empower young people to act globally and locally.

We Day is an initiative of Free the Children, an international organization that works with schools across the world to promote charity and education with their “We Act” Program. Schools using the “We Act” Program are required to commit their students or student groups to a minimum of one global, and one local action. Students can support social initiatives that are run by Free the Children, or they can do work within their own communities and global communities of their choosing. We Act schools then receive We Day tickets to the celebration events each year to give out to participating youth.

The We Day initiative began in Toronto, with only one We Day celebration event, and has now grown to a worldwide program, with 15 large scale We Day Celebrations in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. Last year, Minneapolis held one of the largest We Day events in the country.

This year’s We Day event in Minnesota will be held on November 12, 2014, at the Xcel Energy Center. Acts and speakers include: Magic Johnson, The Band Perry,  Martin Sheen, Kweku Mandela, JR Martinez and many more.

In order to put on such a large scale event, Free the Children also needs event volunteers to assist in making the day fun, exciting and safe for the youth attending. HandsOn Twin Cities is working with Free the Children and helping to recruit volunteers to engage in this special day for young people. If you are interested in volunteering at We Day as an event volunteer please visit our We Day volunteer sign up page.

For more information about We Day visit their website at www.weday.com, or visit Free the Children’s page, www.freethechildren.com to learn about the history of the We Act program and how you can get involved!

Sources:

http://www.freethechildren.com, http://www.weday.com, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/We_Day

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