On Wednesday, February 12, join international charity and educational partner, Free The Children, 500 students, celebrities and community supporters at Burton High School for an exciting announcement that will see the largest youth-led educational event, We Day, and service learning program, We Act, come to California for the first time.
Co-chaired by Magic Johnson and Natalie Portman, and local business leaders Jeff Skoll and Daniel Lurie, We Day California will bring together 16,000 students from over 400 schools across the state on March 26th at the Oracle Arena.
We Day is taking the philanthropic world by storm and going global with events in the United States, Canada and the UK, bringing together 160,000 youth this year alone to get involved in active global citizenship. World-renowned leaders and celebrities have added their voice to this movement, including past We Day guests Demi Lovato, Jennifer Hudson, Martin Sheen, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Richard Branson, among many others.
Wednesday’s event will see a surprise appearance by a We Day celebrity ambassador and the anticipated reveal of select world leaders, inspiring activists and chart-topping performers set to attend the March 26th event. The entire community is lending their support to We Day including four professional sports teams from the NFL, NHL and MLB, and Co-Title.
Sponsors Microsoft and Allstate each share a belief in empowering youth. With their partnership the event will be free for the thousands in attendance who have earned their ticket through service.
Burton High School is already taking action to earn their ticket to We Day, by collecting 200 toys at the holidays for local families and fundraising to support education in rural China through Free The Children.
We Day has over 1 million followers on Twitter and is one of the world’s largest charitable causes on Facebook with 3.9 million likes.
Students can’t buy a ticket to We Day; they earn it through service; by making a commitment to take action on at least one local and one global initiative of their choice as part of Free The Children’s year-long service-learning program, We Act. The We Act program supports students and teachers with free educational resources, student-led campaigns and support materials to help turn the event’s inspiration into sustained activation.
Since 2007, youth involved in the We Act program have raised $37 million for over 1,000 local and global causes and logged more than 9.6 million volunteer hours. Registration for the We Act program is still open for students and teachers across California at www.weday.com/california. Registration closes on February 14, 2014.