Why We Act?

We Act is an educational program that empowers young people to become active local, national and global citizens.

We Act is more than curriculum, more than educational resources and action campaigns; it’s a movement of students and educators who believe that some of the most powerful learning experiences happen when you make a meaningful difference in your communities and for the world.

By taking at least one local and one global action, We Act helps students gain diverse skills and perspectives that challenge apathy and encourage active citizenship.

Measuring Our Impact

2013 – 2014 We Act Survey Responses From Educators *

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What Is We Act?

We Act is a five-step program that helps you guide your students in discovering their passion for local and global issues.

Through the program, students explore the root causes of pressing issues like hunger, poverty and lack of education. They also plan at least one local and one global action to improve their community and the world. The We Act program is designed to increase students’ academic engagement, active citizenship, and university and workplace readiness through diverse learning tools and resources.

Within each step of the We Act program, students achieve learning goals through engagement with We Act resources, which develop core skills. The We Act Learning Framework is the educational foundation for every resource we provide—from lesson plans to campaigns—which are grounded in current pedagogical theories in service learning and 21st-century learning practices.

Whether you are a teacher, a club leader or school administrator, the We Act Learning Framework is a reference tool to ensure your curriculum expectations are met through student engagement with We Act programming.

  • “It's an organized way for us to bring learning about community and world, connecting it to social studies, social studies curriculum and the real world together, and we really felt too there was a great number of resources to access and support us in supporting the kids.”

    - Educator, Ecole Charleswood School
  • “I have so many kids now who want to take a stand and be involved and have their voice heard on issues that go on locally in the city, or they wish they could vote. So it’s promoting a culture of less apathetic people, and it’s empowering them. That’s the big idea.”

    - Educator, Killarney School
  • “They [the students] used to worry about who they were going to play with at recess, who their friends were, what they were doing on the weekend together, and all of a sudden they’re talking about kids in other countries and families in Calgary and what are we going to do to help, and how can we work together to do that.”

    - Educator, Ethel M. Johnson Public School
  • “I just fell in love with the idea and thought, "Wow this is the way to actually hook students into their own learning and into their own global-mindedness and the community around them."

    - Educator, Admaston Public School

*Based on the 2013-2014 We Act Survey created in consultation with Mission Measurement LLC.