The WE organization and a host of celebrity guest speakers/performers are banding together for the first-ever WE Day event in New York. The event is part of an ongoing series that celebrates local change-makers' educational efforts and commitment to "taking action on social issues." Celebrities and activists attending the event include Daya, Martin Luther King III, Buzz Aldrin, Rowan Blanchard and more.
"WE Day is part of WE—an organization that brings people together and gives them the tools to change the world locally and globally, achieving transformative outcomes for themselves and others," according to a recent release.
"Through the yearlong educational program WE Schools, WE provides schools and community groups with educational resources and student-led campaigns designed to enhance existing social initiatives or spark new ones. Youth involved with WE Schools are challenged to make an impact on at least one local and one global issue, and are supported with curricular resources, service campaigns, and mentorship programs to help them become change-makers."
Students who want to participate in WE Day earn their way to the free event by making positive impactful contributions to their local and/or global community. A 2015 study revealed that former and current WE participants were 2.5 times more likely to commit to taking action on social causes than their fellow peers.
"In the 2015-2016 school year, students and educators from across the tri-state area helped lead remarkable social change," according to the release. "Students in the after school program at The El Peunte Williamsburg Leadership Center, for example, raised awareness about the homeless population and fundraised to support local families facing homelessness by making and selling 50 handcrafted bracelets and raised $100 to create care packages which they distributed at local parks, fast food restaurants and the Brooklyn Public Library."
The WE School program provides students with an opportunity to learn about and help resolve the many pressing issues plaguing local and global communities. From homelessness to hunger, the program empowers students to come up with ways to bring about awareness and change.
The 2017 WE Day event is set to take place on April 6 at Radio City Music Hall.