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WE Day

General Information

WE Day is an inspirational event fuelled by an educational initiative, WE Schools. Together, they connect and empower a new generation to to shift the world from “me” to “we”—from a focus on the individual to the power of community.

An unparalleled stadium-sized experience, WE Day brings together world-renowned speakers and performers with stands packed with young social innovators to honour their contributions and kick-start another year of change. More than a one-day event, WE Day is connected to the yearlong WE Schools program, which offers educational resources and campaigns to help young people turn the day’s inspiration into sustained action.

You can’t buy a ticket to WE Day. Thanks to our generous sponsors, the event is free to attend. Young people earn their way by participating in WE Schools and taking action on the issues that matter most to them. Some students collect food for homeless shelters. Others raise money to build classrooms overseas.

WE Day and WE Schools empower young people to find their passion and create the change they want to see. Committing to taking action on one local and one global cause, students use the WE Schools resources and are equipped with the tools to succeed academically, in the workplace and as active citizens.

We believe in a world where all young people are free to achieve their fullest potential as agents of change. We believe in empowering youth to become active 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 their actions to the next level. It connects a community of change-makers who know they are not alone in their journey to make a difference.

Yes. Your school or group must register for the WE Schools program and WE Day each year that it wishes to participate.

The talent announcement for each WE Day event is made available on weday.com approximately two weeks prior to the event.

Attending WE Day

Prior to applying for WE Day tickets, schools and groups must commit to the WE Schools program. Through the WE Schools program, schools and groups are required to complete one local and one global action relating to any social justice issue they choose. Schools and groups then report on these actions to become eligible for WE Day tickets. To find out more about the WE Schools program please visit weday.com/we-schools

After completing the online registration for the WE Schools 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 six 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 all wristbands and/or tickets to your group. All those on the waitlist will be contacted if the status of their tickets changes.

The content of the show is geared to students aged 12 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 younger students to participate in the WE Schools program and also invite them to watch the show using the live webcast on weday.com

Students earn their way to WE Day by completing one local and one global action through the WE Schools program. Thanks to our generous sponsors, WE Day is a free event that celebrates the amazing work of schools and groups. There is no cost for admission.

Please note, schools/groups are responsible for covering all related costs, which may include substitute costs, transportation and accommodation, if necessary.

Through the WE Schools program, schools and groups are given access to free educational resources that help them complete one local and one global action relating to any social justice issue they choose. The resources provided serve as guidelines, and each WE Schools group is free to explore creative solutions to their chosen issue. WE Schools and WE Day are entirely cause-inclusive.

We believe that service-based learning and engagement is the focus and young people should be empowered to take action on the issues they care about, both locally and globally. You can find inspiration and examples from what other WE Schools groups and individual students have accomplished on the What is WE Day page.

To help motivate students to think about how they can become world changers, we recommend exploring the following questions:

  • What issues do I feel passionate about?
  • What is my gift to share with the world?
  • How can I use my skills to help those around me?
  • Who in my community could use some support?
  • How can I team up with others to create a larger impact?

The opportunities are limitless and the scope and uniqueness of your WE Schools projects are in the hands of you and your students as you become empowered agents of change.

Continuing to build partnerships and support one another to take positive action helps to make this world a better place. When we act together, we change the world. We have so much to share and celebrate together.

While you may not be able to attend WE Day, you can still be a part of the WE Schools program. The WE Schools program offers resources to help your students plan their local and global actions. Additionally, you will be matched with a WE Schools Coordinator who will be your point person for the program and can answer any questions you have about how to start getting involved. To register for the program, please visit weday.com/we-schools

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 youth@freethechildren.com and someone from the WE Schools team will connect you with the appropriate point person.

There are also volunteer positions available for people looking to get involved with WE Day and see it from a different perspective. For more information, visit weday.com/volunteers.

To watch the show from your home or school, tune into the live webcast on weday.com!

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 six 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 all wristbands and/or tickets to your group. All those on the waitlist will be contacted if the status of their tickets changes.

Prior to applying for WE Day tickets, schools and groups must commit to the WE Schools program. Through the WE Schools 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 they choose. Registration for the WE Schools program is open and can be accessed here.

Once you are a part of the program you can request to be added to the waitlist for tickets to WE Day by emailing wedayregistration@freethechildren.com with the following information:

  • School/group name
  • Group address
  • Primary contact name
  • Primary contact email
  • Primary contact phone number
  • Number of tickets you are requesting

Please note: tickets are allocated based on the size of the venue, the number of groups registering, and whether or not groups have completed the WE Schools requirements—not on the size of the groups.

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 weday.com.

Tickets and Logistics

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.

WE Day City General Ticket Allotment
WE Day Toronto TBD
WE Day Vancouver TBD
WE Day Alberta TBD
WE Day Minnesota TBD
WE Day Ottawa TBD
WE Day Manitoba TBD
WE Day Atlantic Canada TBD
WE Day Montreal (English) TBD
WE Day Montreal (French) TBD
WE Day Saskatchewan TBD
WE Day UK TBD
WE Day California TBD
WE Day Seattle TBD
WE Day Illinois TBD

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 from as many schools as possible. We invite anyone who was not able to attend the event to watch the live webcast at weday.com.

In order to be eligible to attend WE Day, a school/group must be part of the WE Schools program. Registration for the WE Schools 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 Schools commitments. WE Day is a component of the WE Schools 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 Schools program may be docked tickets.
  • 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.

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 your ticket package has not arrived by the day before the event, please email either your WE Schools Coordinator or the WE Day Registration team.

If the envelope contains less than what is indicated on the label, please email wedayregistration@freethechildren.com to arrange pick up of extra tickets at our Youth Wristband Pick Up Table on event day morning and we will 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 will 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.

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 six 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 wedayregistration@freethechildren.com 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 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.

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.

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.

Each year we are excited to see so many deserving schools, educators and youth apply to attend WE Day. In an effort to ensure that as many schools can experience the power of WE Day, the number of tickets allocated per school/group is 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 Schools 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. It is our hope that WE Day will inspire students to channel the energy of WE Day into tangible social change. We encourage them to share what they learned from the experience with their classmates and inspire them to take action. To get started, they can download our WE365 app at WE365.com and sign up for the daily challenges they’re passionate about.

The WE Day registration team would be happy to allocate those tickets to other students on the waitlist. Please email wedayregistration@freethechildren.com indicating the new total number of tickets you will need. We’ll get back to you within 48 hours. If you have received your wristbands and/or tickets already, you will not need to return them unless otherwise asked.

Event Day

Generally, WE Day events occur during the school day. An Event Logistics Guide is created for each WE Day containing all pertinent details surrounding the day, including ticket and wristband details for entry, parking and transportation instructions and what to bring to the event. The Event Logistics Package will be emailed to you approximately one month prior to the event.

If you expected to receive your Event Logistics Package and have not, we recommend also checking your spam folder in case the message from wedayregistration@freethechildren.com was redirected there. If you cannot find it, reach out to the WE Day Registration Team and we will be happy to send it again.

Unfortunately WE Day does not have any affiliations with hotels. All schools/group attending the event are responsible for arranging accommodation.

You will be able to indicate the need for wheelchair accessible seating and washrooms on the confirmation form. Depending on the venue, we cannot guarantee that this individual will be able to sit with your school/group, 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.

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 wedayregistration@freethechildren.com.

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.

Many groups who require sign language attend the event. The WE Day registration team would be happy to connect with you about any other concerns or special considerations.

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.

We strongly encourage consolidating items as much as possible so groups have fewer bags with them when they 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. Please refer to your Educator Logistics Package for the policy around back packs at WE Day in your city.

WE Day seating is general admission by section. Groups will be randomly 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. Therefore, the WE Day registration team will only know assigned sections after this time. You must complete the confirmation form prior to the deadline in order to secure your tickets.

The WE Schools Program and WE Day event are free and accessible to all schools thanks to the support of our generous sponsors. As per your school’s field trip policy, you will be responsible for arranging transportation to and from WE Day and arranging lunch for students.

We encourage you to take pictures and videos during the event to capture your favourite moments. There will also be ways to participate in the show from your seats, either by using social media, through cheering or waving your homemade signs.

Sponsorship, Support and Volunteering
Further Information

General Inquiries

416-925-5894 or info@freethechildren.com

Press
Angie Gurley, 416-432-9291

Volunteering
Ellen Donnelly 416-925-5894 x 435 or email volunteers@freethechildren.com

Information for Honoured Guests
Taylor Polecrone 416-925-5894 ext. 439

Information about Young Presidents’ Organization/World Presidents’ Organization

Jannina Hoffman 416-925-5894 ext. 460

WE Schools program
Janna Baer, 416-925-5894 ext. 104

WE Day Registration

Madeleine Million-Osborne 416-925-5894 ext. 443

WE Schools

WE Schools is a year-long educational program that equips students with the skills to succeed academically, in the workforce and as active citizens. Through service-based learning and engagement, young people are empowered to take action on the issues they care about, both at home and around the world. The program unfolds throughout the year in five steps:

  1. SIGN UP:
  2. Connect with your WE Schools Coordinator and receive free WE Schools resources.

  3. DISCOVER YOUR ISSUE AND DEVELOP YOUR SKILLS:
  4. Deepen your knowledge and understanding of local and global issues.

  5. TAKE ACTION:
  6. Browse campaigns, develop action ideas and plan milestones—then get out there and do it!

  7. RECORD YOUR IMPACT:
  8. Update us on your progress and tell us about how you made an impact.

  9. SHARE AND CELEBRATE:
  10. Reflect as a group and report on your learning and actions. Celebrate your impact.

The outcomes of the WE Schools program are both immediate and long lasting. From transforming student behaviour to building a generation of active citizens, 2011 and 2012 Mission Measurement surveys confirmed that 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

Yes. WE Day is a celebration of the impact schools and groups participating in the WE Schools program have on their local and global communities and also helps inspire them to continue to make a difference. As such, it is reserved for those schools and groups that are part of the program.

Absolutely. The WE Schools program is open to all schools, 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 Educator Programming WE Schools Coordinators. He/she will provide you with support and guidance throughout the year as you and your students discover your issues, develop your skills, take action and celebrate your impacts.

Click here to register, or visit weday.com/we-schools to learn more.

Yes. Your school or group must register for the WE Schools program and/or WE Day each year that it wishes to participate.