There’s no better feeling than making a new friend, and we can’t wait to make thousands of new friends at the very first WE Day Minnesota on October 8!
Ever since the Jonas Brothers visited Patrick Henry High School to announce that WE Day was coming to Minnesota, excitement has been building. Now, we’re so thrilled to share the amazing lineup of speakers and performers who will be hitting the WE Day stage at Xcel Energy Center. These inspirational stars are all coming together in Minnesota to celebrate the tens of thousands of youth who have made it their mission to create change in their communities, and overseas.
Leading the electrified crowd as a co-hosts will be platinum selling artist and star of Disney’s Good Luck Charlie, Bridgit Mendler; Disney Channel actress and musician Debby Ryan; and E! News correspondent and Free The Children ambassador Jesse Giddings. The audience will witness amazing performances from artists like Carly Rae Jepsen and the Jonas Brothers, and will get a personal video message from artist Demi Lovato herself! Inspirational speakers like Martin Luther King III and Molly Burke will share their amazing stories about taking action to create change.
The full star-studded list of performers and speakers will include (drum roll please!):
- Mark Dayton – Governor of Minnesota
- Brenda Cassellius – Commissioner of Education, Minnesota
- Chris Coleman – Mayor of St. Paul
- Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan
- Jonas Brothers – GRAMMY®-nominated, multi-platinum artists
- Carly Rae Jepsen – GRAMMY®-nominated, multi-platinum singer-songwriter
- Fifth Harmony – America’s first teen girl group
- Debby Ryan – Disney® Channel actress and musician
- Bridgit Mendler – Platinum selling artist and star of Disney’s Good Luck Charlie
- Barbara Pierce Bush – Humanitarian, Co-founder and President, Global Health Corps, and daughter of Former US President George W. Bush
- Jesse Giddings – E! News correspondent and Free The Children ambassador
Demi Lovato – Award-winning singer-songwriter and Free The Children ambassador, joining via a video message
- Minnesota Vikings – NFL players
- Martin Luther King III – Human Rights advocate and eldest son of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Mia Farrow – Award-winning actress, activist and United Nations ambassador
- The Tenors – Juno Award-winning Multi-platinum singers
- Young Stitch – Rapper and singer who is hailed as “Canada’s Next Hip-hop Sensation” by ET Canada
- Kelly Levesque – A highly regarded singer and songwriter who has collaborated with many Grammy Award-winning producers and musicians
- Katie Garfield – Singer-songwriter and actress
- Dessa – Doomtree Records recording artist, rapper, singer, poet, and essayist
- Jack Jablonski – Local Benilde – St. Margaret’s teen who suffered a spinal cord injury during a hockey game
- Kenyan Boys Choir – Traditional African male choir, who sang at the 2009 inauguration of President Obama
- Michelle Bergh – Miss Minnesota Pre-Teen
- WE Day Minnesota co-chairs and siblings Hutton Phillips and Dean Phillips who also serves as Chairman of Talenti Gelato and Co-Chair of the Edward J. Phillips Family Foundation
- Marissa Mohammed – Youth speaker from the Banyan Community Center
- Native Pride Arts – Indigenous youth performers whose mission is to educate, inspire, motivate and empower diverse communities
- Craig and Marc Kielburger – International activists and co-founders of Free The Children
- Spencer West – ME to WE inspirational speaker, Free The Children ambassador, author and double amputee who climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro on his hands and in his wheelchair in June 2012
- Molly Burke – Visually impaired ME to WE motivational speaker who speaks out against bullying and the power of hope
- Youth speakers, Siddharth Paari and Hannah Alper
- Robin Wiszowaty – ME to WE motivational speaker, author and Free The Children Program Director in Ghana and Kenya
- Chris Tse – ME to WE inspirational speaker, national spoken word champion and humanitarian
The amazing students who will be attending WE Day Minnesota have all earned their tickets through service work, and we can’t wait to honour their incredible efforts. More renowned speakers and performers will be announced over the next few weeks so stay tuned for details at www.weday.com!
WE Day and the We Act program are free of charge to the thousands of students and educators in attendance at the event and state-wide, thanks to the generous support of sponsors led in Minnesota by Title Sponsors Cheerios, Green Giant and Yoplait along with other supporters, including Bremer Bank, the Otto Bremer Foundation, The Edward J. Phillips Family Foundation and the Carlson Family Foundation. See the full list of sponsors here.