YOU HAVE SEEN SEVERAL YOUTH TACKLE DEVELOPMENT ISSUES – NOW WE WILL LOOK AT SOMEONE SPECIAL.
Seeing young people that have survived extraordinary challenges, speak and smile, teaches them about their own innate strength to overcome challenges in their own lives. And as they experience their power to heal the world, they also heal their own hearts.
BACKSIDE : ACTION GUIDE
Have a good look at what happens when a boy passionate about an issue we all care about presents at school, in front of adults, in media.
What a legend!
We all owe him so much.
1. His show “Shameless Idealists” has dissolved the stupid behavior of ridiculing caring young people, our finest, as “eco-sluts” and “treehuggers”, perceiving them as trouble makers, telling them to instead focus on their B in chemistry. Craig has made activism cool before people saw young changemakers on the internet.
2. Craig has established “creating a good world for all” as service-learning and integral part of learning culture at now 16,000 schools – powered by students, backed by caring teachers.
That is enormous, and yet to be achieved by anyone else on Earth. It’s not in your town. So, catch up! His wildly successful model has broken the ground for changemaker student clubs everywhere on Earth – and he shows us how it works. Use his Action Guide, to activate WE School programs and more.
More than 16.000 schools have already understood this. They participate in the WE Schools program with year-round teacher- and student club-powered activities. Tens of thousands of 12- to 15-year olds hear of children in bonded labour, verbally and physically abused, of child soldiers that had to gun down their own friends, of villages burned to the ground … and like Craig, these ordinary students shamelessly affirm their feelings, values, where they stand – and rise to take steps to end the suffering. And they experience their agency, progress and success! This is what grows responsible character and fortitude.
Participating classes set milestones for a classroom, a well, a mini clinic, alternative income programs, and together, they complete a village.
And then, there’s the hands-on part of volunteering overseas – studying global issues, building schools, meeting the mamas, mentoring kids, making friends, expanding horizons beyond what a tourist holiday could ever teach.
When we said they needed schools, adults said it was hopeless, impossible. We did not listen to them. Today, our teams at schools are building a new classrooms and schools every single week, 800 to-date.
Banish the terms hopeless and impossible from your vocabulary. Craig & Marc Kielburger, We Day
DOLLARS RAISED FOR KIDS IN VULNERABLE SITUATIONS
Sensational!! Yet – only the beginning!!
- these people are so happy, despite their poverty
- why? Because they are giving so much, loving so much!
- in affluent Canada, youth suffer from so much sadness, depression, bullying, violence, shaming, suicide …
“We have to bring this spirit to Canada”, Craig and Marc decided, and launched a second initiative, ME TO WE
- complementing their classic development work overseas
- for sustainable development in Canada; to heal the people and restore inner and outer peace, joy and abundance
“We need an event to unite youth action crews to experience their community, celebrate their achievements, and fuel up for a next year of action.” They called it – WE Day!
WE Day has become an annual field trip for student clubs and accompanying teachers, uniting hundreds of thousands of active students with sports, music and societal celebrities to share stories, celebrate achievements, learn on newly emerging global issues and kick off a new year of action.
SCHOOLS INVOLVED IN 2017
YOUTH ENGAGED IN WE SCHOOLS 2017
WE DAY ATTENDANTS IN 2017
ORGANIZATIONS SUPPORTED IN 2017
VOLUNTEERING HOURS IN 2017
$ RAISED AT WE SCHOOLS IN 2017
OF TEACHERS feel more professionally fulfilled
OF TEACHERS discover new leadership skills in their students
OF STUDENTS experience higher self-confidence
OF STUDENTS volunteer for their favorite causes
OF STUDENTS feel a stronger connection to their local community
OF STUDENTS are more likely to stand up for others who are discriminated against
OF ALUMNI volunteer & donate to charity annually