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Report on We Day

The Globe and Mail is the print media partner for the We Day event at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Oct. 1, 2015. We Day, which brings together performers and speakers for an audience of young people interested in social change, has planned events this fall in other Canadian cities as well, including Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa, Winnipeg and Halifax.

Catching the bug

Once most of these alumni caught the bug, they became lifetime participants in the cause.

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Making a difference

People and organizations get involved for a variety of reasons, we found in speaking to five Free the Children and We Day participants. But they share a common passion.

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20 years

Even the founders weren’t sure it would last this long. But the youth organization for social change has not only survived but inspires new generations to get involved in service projects.

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Next Level

Jason Saul, the founder and chief executive officer of U.S.-based Mission Measurement, lends his insight into how charities can create a greater social value proposition.

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Changing education

Public service and compassion need to become part of schools’ core curriculum.

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Active entrepreneurs

Free The Children teaches the value of conviction, problem-solving and other useful tools for enterprising young business owners.

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Looking ahead

Solving social justice problems is just the start – long-term change comes through empowering youth.

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Compassionate Consumerism

Consumers increasingly buy from companies and charities that return proceeds to less fortunate communities.

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Social activist

As he gets ready to turn up the volume on the We Day celebrations, Toronto-born rapper and music producer Kardinal Offishal tells us that being a Free The Children ambassador ranks right up there with winning four Junos, three Much Music Video Awards, two SOCANs and a place on the Billboard top 100 charts.

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Triumphs and tragedies

Olympian Silken Laumann is in a new race – she has five minutes to inspire youth at We Day with her message of resilience.

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Joining the Cause

Free The Children reaches beyond its ‘middle-class, suburban, homogeneous contingent of kids.’

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Timeline of Free the Children

Significant developments in Free The Children’s history.

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We Day Schedule

We Day is a celebration of youth making a difference in their local and global communities. The following events take place in 2015 and 2016.

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