It’s an incredibly exciting day for all of us at Free The Children because we just announced our first-ever WE Day in America! Taking place at Key Arena in Seattle on March 27, 2013, our U.S. debut will bring together 15,000 students from schools across the Pacific Northwest with a planned expansion to key cities across the U.S. to follow!
The official announcement was made this morning by Microsoft’s General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Legal and Corporate Affairs Brad Smith at Federal Way High School, located south of Seattle, to a crowd of 2,000 area students, as well as education officials and community leaders. He was joined on stage by Free The Children co-founder Craig Kielburger and Seattle Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll, who unveiled Former President of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev as the first speaker confirmed for WE Day Seattle. Additional speakers and performers will be announced in the coming months. Other notable guests in attendance included U.S. Olympian and World Champion Freestyle Skier Patrick Deneen and Seattle Seahawks’ cornerback Richard Sherman.
WE Day Seattle will be free for students and teachers to attend thanks in part to the generous lead support of Co-Title Sponsor Microsoft and other individuals and foundations. In return, students must earn their way in through service by taking one local and one global action to better the world through a year-long program called We Act. This year-long service learning program offers Washington schools speaking tours, educational resources, domestic service campaigns, international volunteer opportunities and support to help youth and teachers take action on any issue or cause.
“As part of our recently announced Microsoft YouthSpark initiative, the WE Day and We Act programs will be exciting opportunities to empower and inspire young people to work together for positive change,” said Brad Smith in the press release. “We’re pleased to help thousands of Puget Sound youth spark change, big and small, both here at home and beyond.”
“We are excited to partner with and help expand the work of Free The Children in order to educate and empower students and teachers throughout the State of Washington,” said Seahawks Head Coach Carroll, founder of A Better Seattle and known for his passion for helping young people. “Making an impact doesn’t have to wait — they can make a huge difference right now and play a big part in building safe and healthy communities for years and generations to come.”
Learn more about WE Day Seattle and how to get involved here: www.weday.com/seattle.