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What is We Day?

Youth coming together to lead global change is the movement of our time. We Day brings that movement together for a generation of youth.

We Day is an educational event. It is tied to a year-long We Act program, which offers curricular resources, campaigns and materials to help turn the day’s inspiration into sustained activation.

Harnessing the energy and passion of this young community of change-makers, We Day brings youth together in an unparalleled setting to show them that they are not alone in their journey to make a difference.

Within stadiums full of cheering young people, 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. The end to apathy is realized as young people discover that they are all part of this movement.

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.

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 are a charity and educational partner that empowers 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 motivation to take action. It creates a community of young activists who know they are not alone in their journey to make a difference.

Who should I contact if I have more questions about We Day?

Please contact the person listed below that best matches the nature of your inquiry.

General Inquiries: 416-925-5894 or info@freethechildren.com
Press: Lauren Stasila, 416-558-9310
Volunteering: Diana Church, 416-925-5894 x 435 or email volunteers@freethechildren.com
Information for Honoured Guests: 416-925-5894 x 431
Information about YPO/WPO: 416-925-5894 x 431
We Act: Jaime Tilston, 416-925-5894 x 442
Job Opportunities with Free The Children and We Day: 416-925-5894

Who pays for We Day?

We are proud of the fact that We Day is a fully sponsored event. We are thankful for our generous sponsors, whose support ensures that none of the money donated to Free The Children for charitable purposes is ever used for We Day events. In addition, sponsorship allows the events to be fully inclusive and
free of charge for over 160,000 youth who attend annually. Learn more about We Day sponsorship.

What is the We Act program?

Free The Children’s We Act program inspires a generation to care about the issues that affect our communities and our world, and provides the practical tools needed to turn that inspiration into action. We Act puts students at the forefront of active citizenship by educating them on social issues and action planning, developing leadership skills and engaging them in world-changing action.

Participants commit to completing one local action and one global action as well as sharing their action plans and accomplishments with the community of We Schools. Through their activities and with the support of Free The Children, students are given the opportunity to participate in student-led campaigns, explore and develop their capacity for leadership and to engage with the world in new ways. In turn, their efforts provide tangible benefits for local communities and around the world.

Participation in We Act is not mandatory to attend We Day. However, schools that make the commitment to take action through the program will get first priority to attend the event.

The program unfolds throughout the year in five steps:

  • Commit: Application
  • Get inspired: Attend or watch We Day
  • Get educated: Attend an in-service or professional development session and receive classroom materials
  • Take action: Schools take one local and one global action
  • Share it: Submission of Reports 1 and 2, detailing action plans and successes

Does our school have to commit to this program in order to attend We Day?

Participation in the We Act program is strongly encouraged, but not mandatory. If you choose not to participate in the full program, we invite you to apply for tickets to We Day. However, schools that do commit to the full program will receive priority for We Day tickets.

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 a year-long program of action. We Schools commit to completing one local action and one global action as well as sharing their action plans and accomplishments with us by filling out two online reports during the year. As a We School, you will have access to all of Free The Children’s online educational resources. Once you register for the We Act program, we will connect you directly with one of our team’s amazing Educator Programming Coordinators (EPC)! He/she will be there to provide you with support and guidance as you plan and take action throughout the year.

Over the course of the year, all schools have the opportunity to participate in Free The Children campaigns, and take action in their communities. Check here for campaign updates and how to get involved!

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.

Where can I find information about the times of the event, parking, transportation, etc?

All We Day events generally 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 & wristband details for entry, parking & transportation instructions and what to bring to the event. Event Logistics Guides are made available on www.weday.com approximately one month prior to the event date. To access this information go to www.weday.com, select the city you will be attending, and scroll down to the section containing educator information. Additionally, 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.

How can I get tickets for We Day?

If you are part of a school or youth group and are in Grade 6 or above (age 12+), you are eligible to register for a We Day event!

The designated registration period for our Fall 2013 We Day events has now closed. Please contact weact@freethechildren.com to see how you can still be part of the movement!

Does it cost money to attend We Day/Can I purchase a ticket to We Day?

Students earn their way to We Day through service! As such, We Day is a free event and tickets cannot be purchased. Your school/group is responsible for covering all related costs, which may include supply teacher costs, transportation and accommodation, if necessary.

Who can come to We Day? Is there an age restriction?

We Day is Free The Children’s signature youth empowerment event, which inspires and motivates youth to take action on social justice issues they are passionate about. All participants at a We Day event are Grade 6 or older (age 12+), and must come as part of a school group or community/youth group. Due to the mature subject content of some speeches at We Day, we are only able to offer tickets to youth Grade 6 or above.

I can’t get tickets, so how can I get involved?

Click here to learn more. As an individual youth, you can still get involved with Free The Children! Check out our We Act webpage to find out how you can get involved. Please email youth@freethechildren.com for more information.

I confirmed my tickets but one of my students isn’t able to come. Can you change our school’s number of tickets?

We can definitely make changes to your ticket numbers! Please e-mail the We Act team at weact@freethechildren.com to notify them of the changes to your school’s ticket number.

My school isn’t attending We Day, how can I get involved?

We Day is part of We Act. As a school-focused program, we don’t provide tickets to the general public. However we do offer the opportunity to volunteer. Click here to learn more.

I want to learn more about social issues. What should I do?

Check out We Act. You’ll learn about issues and be inspired to make a positive change in the world.

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. To apply for the We Act program and an opportunity to attend We Day, click here.

Do we have to make a commitment to the program in order to attend We Day?

Participation in the program is strongly encouraged but not mandatory. If you choose not to participate in the full program, we invite you to still apply for tickets to We Day. However, schools that do commit to the full program will receive priority for We Day tickets.

What is the ticketing structure and why was it created?

To encourage and reward fulfillment of the program elements, most notably taking action and reporting back to Free The Children, schools/groups who complete Reports 1 and 2 and who take local and global action will be eligible for the full allotment of tickets to We Day in the following year, while schools who do not fulfill these requirements in their entirety will receive a lesser amount of tickets.

Tickets are determined on an event basis and are dependent on the venue capacity. Generally, we will not be able to communicate ticket allocations per group until approximately 2 months prior to the event, when you will be asked to confirm your group’s attendance. If you have any further questions about this, please contact weact@freethechildren.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 alive in your classroom. 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.

We haven’t received our school’s tickets yet. Can you tell us when they will arrive?

If you confirmed your school’s tickets on time, you will either receive your tickets directly by mail or via your school board/division/district’s internal mailing system. If you do not receive your tickets three days prior to the event, please e-mail the We Act team at weact@freethechildren.com or call 1-800-203-9091 ext 457.

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, for some reason, you received fewer tickets than you indicated on your ticket confirmation form, we will make sure that we provide you with the correct number. Please contact the We Act team at weact@freethechildren.com to find out how to access these tickets.

Can I get extra tickets to the event?

We understand that schools/groups would like to bring as many students to We Day as possible. Tickets are determined on an event basis and are dependent on the venue capacity. Please e-mail weact@freethechildren.com or call 1-800-203-9091 ext 457 to see if extra tickets are available for your event. We will put you on a waitlist and let you know if tickets become available.

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 register for We Day, you will received an e-mail summary of your registration information. If you did not receive this e-mail, please contact the We Act team at weact@freethechildren.com.

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 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.

One of my students is in a wheelchair, are they still able to come? If so, will they still be able to sit with our school? Do they need someone to accompany them?

We have a designated area for accessible seating, so we can definitely accommodate anyone in a wheelchair. 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 section. However, we will do our best to seat your school close to the accessibility section. Please note that 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.

Our school didn’t manage to register for We Day on time. Can we still get tickets to the event?

Groups are always welcome to register; however, they are not guaranteed tickets once the registration period has ended. Please contact the We Act team at weact@freethechildren.com to find out if there is space for your group to attend.

Please note that the We Act team is in frequent contact with all schools and groups that are confirmed to attend We Day. All waitlisted groups will be notified if tickets are available to them; if you are unsure of your group’s status please contact the We Act team at weact@freethechildren.com. Only schools and groups that have tickets and/or wristbands will be admitted entrance into the venue.

I’m a student and my school isn’t going to We Day. Can I still come?

Since We Day is part of the We Act program, all We Day participants must attend with their school or community/youth group in order to fulfill the requirements of the program. As such, we are unable to provide individuals with tickets to the event. We suggest contacting your school’s principal to discuss registering your school for next year’s We Day and then connecting with our We Act team at weact@freethechildren.com.

As an individual youth, you can still get involved with Free The Children even if you can’t attend the event! Check out our We Youth page at http://www.freethechildren.com/we-youth/ to find out how you can get involved or email youth@freethechildren.com for more information.

My school isn’t able to get tickets, so how can I get involved?

We Day is part of the We Act program, a full-year engagement program and support system for youth and schools, we don’t provide tickets to the general public. However we do offer the opportunity to volunteer. Click here to learn more.

How many tickets can my school/group have?

Tickets are determined on an event basis and are dependent on the venue capacity. After the registration period ends, the We Day team carefully 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. Generally, we will not be able to communicate ticket allocations per group until approximately 2 months prior to the event date. If you have any further questions regarding the ticket allocation process, please contact weact@freethechildren.com.

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 accommodation.

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 at the event, concessions stands are open during the lunch hour.

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 info@metowestyle.com for all inquiries regarding t-shirt orders.

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 Heather Mills, Associate Director of We Day Corporate Sponsorship, at heather.mills@freethechildren.com 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.

I want to learn more about social issues. What should I do?

Check out We Act. You’ll learn about issues and be inspired to make a positive change in the world.

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 weact@freethechildren.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 alive in your classroom. 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.