What is We Day?
Youth coming together to lead global change is the movement of our time, and We Day is this movement. We Day is a stadium-sized educational and empowerment event that brings young people together with world leaders and entertainers to celebrate their ability to create change and to inspire another year of action. We Day brings some of the greatest social issues of today to the forefront, and—no matter the cause, no matter the issue—provides ways in which every young person can find their place within the movement to create global change.
More than a one-day event, We Day is connected to the year-long We Act program, which offers educational resources and campaigns to help young people turn the day’s inspiration into sustained action. We Day and We Act are cause inclusive, empowering young people to find their passion and create the change they want to see. By taking action on one local and one global cause, students are equipped with the tools to succeed academically, in the workplace and as active citizens.
Why does Free The Children put on We Day?
Free The Children believes in a world in which all young people are free to achieve their fullest potential as agents of change. We believe in empowering youth to remove the barriers preventing them from being active local and global citizens. We Day is a way for young people to come together and celebrate their power to change the world, learn about new issues and gain the inspiration needed to take action. It creates a community of young activists who know they are not alone in their journey to make a difference.
How do I find out who is speaking/performing at We Day?
The talent announcement for each We Day event is made available on www.weday.com approximately two weeks prior to the event date.
What is the We Act program?
We Act is a year-long educational program that helps students succeed academically, in the workforce and as active citizens. Through service-based learning and engagement, young people are empowered to take action on issues they care about, both at home and around the world. The program unfolds throughout the year in five steps: Sign Up, Discover your Issue, Develop your Skills, Take Action and Celebrate Your Impact.
The outcomes of the We Act program are both immediate and long lasting. From transforming student behaviour to building a generation of active citizens, our program:
- Increases student engagement in the classroom
- Creates a more caring school culture
- Deepens connections between students and teachers
- Develops students’ sense of responsibility toward local and global communities
- Increases lifelong commitment to philanthropy among students
Do we have to make a commitment to the We Act program in order to attend We Day?
Yes. We Day is a celebration of the impact schools/groups participating in the We Act program have on their local and global community, and also helps inspire them to continue to make a difference. As such, it is reserved for those schools/groups that are part of the program.
Our school is unable to attend We Day but would like to participate in the We Act program. Can we still register?
Absolutely! The We Act program is open to all schools and groups, whether they come to We Day or not. As a part of the program, you will have access to all of Free The Children’s online educational resources and we will connect you directly with one of our team’s amazing Educator Programming Coordinators (EPC)! He/she will be there throughout the year to provide you with support and guidance as you and your students discover your issues, develop your skills, take action and celebrate your impacts.
Do we have to register for the We Act program and We Day every school year?
Yes. Your school or group must register for the We Act program and/or We Day each year that it wishes to participate.
Attending We Day
How can I get tickets for We Day?
Prior to applying for We Day tickets, schools and groups must commit to the We Act Program. Through the We Act Program, schools and groups are given access to free educational resources to help them complete one local and one global action relating to any social justice issue the group is interested in. To find out more about the We Act Program please visit www.freethechildren.com/weact.
After completing the online registration for the We Act Program, you will be given the opportunity to apply for the We Day event in your area during the application period. We will do our best to accommodate as many groups as possible, but the ticket numbers are based on the capacity of the venue and the number of groups applying. You will receive an email indicating whether you have been approved for tickets or placed on the waitlist after the application window has closed.
If you have been approved for tickets, approximately 6 weeks prior to the event you will be asked to complete an online confirmation form. You must complete this confirmation form prior to the deadline indicated in order to secure your tickets for the event. Following this confirmation period, the We Day Registration Team will mail the all wristbands and/or tickets to your group. All those on the waitlist will be contacted if the status of their tickets changes.
Who can come to We Day? Is there an age restriction?
The content of the show is catered towards students 12 years and older, in terms of language used and themes discussed. Additionally, the level of lighting and sounds in the show may be overwhelming for children younger than 12. We invite you to still participate in the We Act Program or watch the show using the live webcast on weday.com!
Why does my parents need to sign the Docusign waiver?
If you are under the age of 18, your parents will be sent a separate email to the email address you have provided during registration. This needs to be completed in order to officially register with We Day.
Note that your Confirmation Email is unique per volunteer. This email may be in your inbox or may be sent to your junk mail. Please try typing in “We Day Volunteer Confirmation” in your email search tool and click on “Try searching again in all mail items.
Does it cost money to attend We Day/Can I purchase a ticket to We Day?
Students earn their way to We Day by completing one local and one global action. We Day is a free event that celebrates the amazing work schools/groups have taken for social change and so there are no admission costs.
Please note, schools/groups are responsible for covering all related costs, which may include supply teacher costs, transportation and accommodation, if necessary.
My school isn’t able to get tickets, so how can I get involved?
While you may not be able to attend We Day, you can still be a part of the We Act Program! The We Act Program offers amazing resources to help your students plan their local and global actions. Additionally, through the program, you will be matched with an Educational Programming Coordinator who will be your point person with the organization and can answer questions you have about how to start getting involved! To register for the program please visit http://www.freethechildren.com/weact.
If you are an individual looking to take action, we also have a youth programming team that works with students and youth one-on-one to help them find ways to get involved! If you have questions about any of the programs please email firstname.lastname@example.org and someone from the We Act team will connect you with the appropriate point person.
There are also volunteer positions available for individuals looking to get involved with We Day and see it from a different perspective. For more information, visit www.weday.com/volunteers.
To watch the show from your home or school, tune into the live webcast on weday.com!
I applied for We Day online in the spring, but I’m not sure if my application was received. How can I make sure it went through?
When you apply for We Day, you will receive an e-mail summary of your application information. You will receive an email indicating whether you have been approved for tickets or placed on the waitlist after the application window has closed.
If you have been approved for tickets, approximately 6 weeks prior to the event, you will be asked to complete an online confirmation form. You must complete this confirmation form prior to the deadline indicated in order to secure your tickets at the event. Following this confirmation period, the We Day Registration Team will mail the all wristbands and/or tickets to your group. All those on the waitlist will be contacted if the status of their tickets changes.
Our school didn’t manage to register for We Day on time. Can we still get tickets to the event?
Prior to applying for We Day tickets, schools and groups must commit to the We Act Program. Through the We Act Program, schools and groups are given access to free educational resources to assist them in completing one local and one global action relating to any social justice issue the group is interested in. Registration for the We Act Program is open and can be accessed at freethechildren.com/weact.
Once you are a part of the program you can request to be added to the waitlist for tickets to We Day by emailing email@example.com with the following information:
- School/Group Name
- Group Address
- Primary Contact Name
- Primary Contact Email
- Primary Contact Phone Number
- How many tickets you are requesting
Please note: tickets are allocated based on the size of the venue and the number of groups registering—not on the size of the groups registering.
We cannot guarantee that your school will be given tickets to the event. If you are not able to receive tickets please also consider watching the online webcast of the event with your group at www.weday.com!
Tickets and Logistics
How many tickets will be allocated per group?
The number of tickets per school/group varies by city and is determined by the capacity of the venue and the number of groups applying. The general ticket allotment per city, per school/group is:
|We Day City||General Ticket Allotment|
|We Day Toronto||15 tickets|
|We Day Vancouver||22 tickets|
|We Day Manitoba||26 tickets|
|We Day Alberta||20 tickets|
|We Day Saskatchewan||28 tickets|
|We Day Minnesota||27 tickets|
|We Day Waterloo-Region||18 tickets|
|We Day Atlantic Canada||23 tickets|
|All Spring Season We Days||TBD|
- Schools will be docked tickets from the General Ticket Allotment if either Report 1: Action Plan or Report 2: A Year in Review are not completed. Schools/groups are welcome to request additional tickets, as sometimes tickets do become available closer to the event date. If you would like to be put on the waitlist for extra tickets please email firstname.lastname@example.org
- In some cases, ticket numbers have not been confirmed as we are still working with the venue to determine these numbers. Once ticket numbers have been confirmed, they will be updated in the chart above.
- The General Ticket Allotment is subject to change each school year so please continue to refer to this page for updated information regarding We Day near you.
Why did my entire group not receive tickets?
Ticket allocations are based on the size of the venue and the number of groups registering for the event. Each year the ticket allocations may vary and as interest for the event grows, ticket allocations often decrease per group. We understand it is hard to only select part of the group to attend. The We Day team tries their best to accommodate as many students as possible. We invite anyone who was not able to attend the event to watch the live webcast at www.weday.com!
Why was my school placed on the waitlist?
In order to be eligible to attend We Day, a school/group must be part of the We Act program. Registration for the We Act program is available all year long, if We Day in your region is taking place in the Fall, application for tickets for We Day begin in the Spring. If We Day in your region is taking place in the Spring, application for tickets will begin in the fall. Both the registration for the program and the application to attend the event can be found here.
Eligibility to attend We Day is based on several criteria:
- Completion of We Act commitments. We Day is a component of the We Act Program. In order to be eligible to attend We Day, each school/group applying must have completed their actions on one local and global issue of their choice as well as the two required reports.
- Schools with any incomplete components of the We Act Program may be docked tickets.
- Priority is given to schools from boards/divisions/districts that have a formal partnership with Free The Children and the We Act Program. To learn more about how to become a Board Partner, please contact your Educational Programming Coordinator or email us at email@example.com
- The date of application. The application process is open for approximately one month and schools/groups are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible as the event fills up quickly.
We haven’t received our school’s tickets yet. Can you tell us when they will arrive?
If you are approved for tickets and have completed the online confirmation form prior to the deadline, you will be mailed the number of wristbands and/or tickets that you confirmed you would be using. Typically these are mailed three weeks prior to the event to the address that was indicated on the confirmation form. The address label on the envelope will indicate the number of tickets your group has confirmed.
If the envelope contains less than what is indicated on the label, please come to the Ticket Pick Up table on event day morning and we would be happy to provide you with the correct amount.
If you are allocated extra tickets after completing the confirmation form, these tickets will not be mailed to you unless otherwise communicated. Please come to the Ticket Pick Up table on event day morning and we would be happy to provide you with your extra tickets. Please note, only schools that have confirmed their attendance or been approved for extra tickets will be able to pick up tickets at this table
We received our school/group’s tickets in the mail, but we did not receive the correct number of tickets. What should we do?
If the envelope contains less than what is indicated on the label, please come to the Ticket Pick Up table on event day morning and we would be happy to provide you with the correct amount.
If you have been allocated extra tickets since the time of confirmation, these tickets will not be mailed to you unless otherwise communicated or indicated on the address label. Please come to the Ticket Pick Up table on event day morning and we would be happy to provide you with your extra tickets. Please note, only schools that have confirmed their attendance or been approved for extra tickets will be able to pick up tickets at this table.
Can I get extra tickets to the event?
Tickets are determined on an event-by-event basis and are dependent on the venue capacity. After the registration period ends, the We Day team assesses the capacity of the venue as well as the number of potential students and then determines an equal number of tickets per school. This process allows us to reach as many youth as possible. If you are approved for tickets, you will be sent a confirmation form approximately 6 weeks prior to the event which will indicate the number of tickets your group has been assigned.
During the confirmation period, schools will be able to indicate if they will not be attending the event or will not be using their full allotment of tickets. In some cases, we are able to offer these seats to groups requesting extra tickets. However, we cannot guarantee that extra tickets will become available.
To be placed on the waitlist for extra tickets please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and provide the following information:
- School/Group Name
- School/Group Address
- Primary Contact Name
- Primary Contact Email
- Primary Contact Number
- Number of Extra Tickets Requested
Once on the waitlist, your group will be notified if you have been approved for the extra tickets after the confirmation period closes. Please note, the We Day Registration team will not be able to place groups on the waitlist for extra tickets requests until ticket numbers have been communicated.
Are educators/supervisors included in the ticket number?
Yes. The tickets allocated to your school include both students and educators/chaperones. Therefore, if you were allocated 15 tickets and you would like 2 educators to attend, you may bring 13 students.
How many educators/supervisors per group should come to We Day?
As We Day is a youth-focused event, we try to ensure that as many youth as possible are given the opportunity to attend. We recommend a ratio of one educator/supervisor for every 15 students. Please refer to your individual school/group’s policies regarding chaperone/student ratios.
I did not receive enough tickets for my whole group. How can I choose which students to bring?
Each year we are excited to see so many deserving schools, educators and youth apply to attend We Day. We are humbled by this increase in popularity. In an effort to ensure that as many schools can experience the inspiration and power of We Day, the number of tickets allocated per school/group are limited.
We understand that you work with many outstanding student leaders, and that choosing school representatives to attend the event can be challenging. To assist your decision making process, we had some experienced We Act educators share their ideas on how to select student representatives:
- Applications: Students apply for the chance to attend We Day. Applications can include essays on an issue that they are passionate about, interviews, or an “Action Plan Proposal” on a volunteer project that they plan to complete following We Day.
- Random Draw: Randomly draw student leader names to determine who will represent the school at We Day.
- Nominations: Educators can nominate student leaders to represent the school at We Day.
- Elections: Empower the student body to recognize and elect leaders to represent them at We Day.
Students attending We Day should demonstrate great leadership or the potential to benefit from the experience by being encouraged to take action in the future. It is our hope that We Day will inspire your students to channel the energy of We Day into tangible social change. As leaders in the school, we encourage them to share what they learned from the experience with their fellow classmates, and to inspire them to action!
I confirmed my tickets but one of my students isn’t able to come. Can you change our school’s number of tickets?
The We Day Registration would be happy to allocate those tickets to other students on the waitlist. Please email email@example.com indicating the new total number of tickets you will need. If you have received your wristbands and/or tickets already, you will not need to return those unless otherwise asked.
Where can I find information about the times of the event, parking, transportation, etc?
Generally, We Day events occur during the school day. For each We Day an Event Logistics Guide is created, which contains all pertinent details surrounding the day, including ticket and wristband details for entry, parking and transportation instructions and what to bring to the event. If you have been allocated tickets to We Day, the Event Logistics Guide will be emailed to you approximately one month prior to the event.
If you expected to receive your Logistics Guide and have not, we recommend also checking your spam folder in case the message from firstname.lastname@example.org was redirected there prior to contacting the We Day Registration Team. If you cannot find it, we will be happy to send it again!
Can our school order Me to We Style T-shirts prior to the event?
Yes! You can also personalize T-shirts for your school group! Please contact email@example.com for all inquiries regarding T-shirt orders.
Our group is travelling to We Day. Are any hotel deals available?
Unfortunately We Day does not have any affiliations with hotels. All schools/group attending the event are responsible for arranging and covering the costs of accommodation.
What accommodations are available for students who require wheelchair seating?
You will be able to indicate the need for wheelchair accessible seating on the confirmation form. Depending on the venue, we cannot guarantee that your school/group will be able to sit with this person, as the accessibility section is a platform within the designated section. However, we will do our best to seat your school close to the accessibility section. Please note, if the person requiring accessible seating is a student, they must be accompanied by an adult. Therefore, you will need a minimum of two adults/educators with your group.
What accommodation is available for students who are hearing impaired and require interpretation?
You will be able to indicate need for sign language interpretation on the confirmation form. If you were unable to indicate this need on the form please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If notified of the school’s need, the We Day Team is able to provide an interpreter or be in contact with the school/group’s own interpreter. The We Day Team will do our best to seat your group in the best seating to accommodate views and appropriate lighting. The team will also attempt to meet with interpreters in advance of the show to walk through the group’s seating arrangement. Special instructions can also be given to the volunteers in that section about how to engage the students (e.g., learning the signs for “clapping”).
Many groups who require sign language attend the event. We Day Registration Team would be happy to connect with you about any other concerns or special considerations.
Do I have to bring a canned food to enter the event?
There is an opportunity at each We Day event to contribute to the local community by bringing in canned foods. While attendees are encouraged to contribute to these local efforts, it is not mandatory to participate. Food collection bins will be set up at youth entrances. More details are included in the educator’s Logistics Packages.
Can we bring backpacks to the event?
We strongly encourage consolidating items as much as possible so your groups have fewer bags with them when you arrive. Security may ask to search your bag and this will slow your entry into the event! Unless otherwise communicated, students are allowed to bring bags for lunches, medications, etc.
How are seating sections assigned at We Day events?
We Day seating is general admission by section. Groups will be assigned a section within the venue but not specific seats. The first groups to arrive will be asked to fill the front of their assigned section and we will continue to fill assigned sections from the front row moving back with no gaps between groups.
If you are approved for tickets and have completed the online confirmation form prior to the deadline, you will be mailed the number of wristbands and/or tickets that you confirmed. These wristbands and/or tickets will have your assigned section written on them. Please note, sections are only assigned after the confirmation period and therefore the We Day Registration Team will only know assigned sections after this time. Please note, you must complete the confirmation form prior to the deadline in order to secure your tickets.
Is lunch provided at the event?
Lunch is not provided by We Day or Free The Children. We encourage all students to bring a bagged lunch to the event. If students wish to buy lunch, concessions stands are open during the lunch hour.
Am I allowed to take pictures or film the event?
Yes! We encourage you to take pictures and videos during the event to capture your favorite moments. There will also be ways to participate in the show from your seats, either by using social media, through cheering or waving your home-made signs!
What do I do to improve the video feed of the event?
There will be a live webcast of each event as a way for groups who were not able to attend the event to catch some of the action! Details of the webcast will be on weday.com as the event gets closer.
If the screening is blurry you may have a slower internet connection, which can lead to poor quality when viewing live streaming. You should be able to watch it somewhere where there internet connection is at a higher speed. Also, the We Day website will have video clips from the day that you can watch later, so please check back.
Sponsorship, Support and Volunteering
I want to learn more about social issues. What should I do?
Check out We Act. You’ll learn about issues and how you can make an impact.
I want to take action, but I’m not sure where to start. What should I do?
There are many ways that you can become involved and take action! Click here to explore ways you can get involved and change the world.
As an educator, how can I bring We Day to my school?
We Day is part of the We Act program, a full-year engagement program and support system for youth, schools, individuals, families and companies to turn inspiration into action. To learn more about the We Act program please visit us here. For additional information please email the We Act team at email@example.com.
How do I use the resources on weday.com in my classroom?
Online educator resources and teaching tools are designed so that you can easily bring social justice issues into your classroom. You can stream videos, download and print full lesson plans and search items by key words to help bring global education to life. Click here for more details.
Where can I find information on a specific social justice issue?
Weday.com offers resources on a variety of social justice issues. Try a key word search to find resources on the issue you are exploring in your classroom. Click here for more details.
Who pays for the event?
We Day is made possible by our generous sponsors. Thanks to their support, the events are free of charge for tens of thousands of youth. To see who is sponsoring We Day this year, please click here.
When does the CTV broadcast of We Day happen?
CTV broadcast dates will be released in the fall of each year.
My company would like to be part of We Day. How can we contribute?
Contact Ryan Adams, Associate Director of We Day Corporate Sponsorship, at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how your company can get involved.
How can I volunteer at the event?
Please click here to learn more about volunteering for We Day.
Who should I contact if I have more questions about We Day?
General Inquiries: 416-925-5894 or email@example.com
Press: Angie Gurley, 416 432 9291
Volunteering: Caitlin Reiach, 416-925-5894 x 435 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Information for Honoured Guests: Michelle Easton 416-925-5894 ext. 417
Information about YPO/WPO: Jannina Hoffman 416 925 5894 ext. 460
We Act Program: Janna Baer, 416 925 5894 ext. 104
We Day Registration: Jaime Tilston, 416-925-5894 ext. 442