Tuesday, October 7, 2014

First We Day Youth Empowerment Day Announced For Illinois #WeDay

Martin Luther King III, Chicago Bears and Kweku Mandela come together with hundreds of Chicago students to bring the world’s largest youth empowerment event to Illinois 

– 600 students, renowned speakers, We Day Illinois Co-Chair and Allstate Chairman, President and CEO Tom Wilson, and We Day co-founder, Craig Kielburger, come together at Farragut Career Academy on October 14th for the official announcement of the first ever We Day Illinois –

On Tuesday, October 14, 600 students from schools across Chicagoland will gather at Farragut Career Academy for an exciting school assembly to announce the world’s largest youth empowerment event, We Day, and educational program, We Act, are coming to Illinois for the first time.  On April 30, 2015 in partnership with Title sponsor Allstate Insurance Company, We Day Illinois will pack the Allstate Arena with 15,000 students and teachers from 500 schools in an inspirational setting to celebrate the commitment they have made to take action on pressing local and global issues.

Inspirational speeches from human rights advocate and eldest son of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Martin Luther King III, filmmaker, producer and grandson of Nelson Mandela, Kweku Mandela and Me to We motivational speaker and double-amputee, Spencer West, who inspired the world climbing Mount Kilimanjaro on his hands and in his wheelchair. International activist and We Day co-founder, Craig Kielburger, along with We Day Illinois Co-Chair and Allstate Chairman, President and CEO ,Tom Wilson will unveil the plans for We Day Illinois, talk about how students can get involved and share their commitment to making We Day and We Act available to middle and high school students across the state. Students will also hear from the Chicago Bears and from their peers who are already taking action in their communities on causes they care about.

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Farragut Career Academy is already taking action to earn their ticket to We Day, by running the Community Peacemakers program through DePaul University, organizing a Teens for Jeans event to collect jeans for homeless youth, and raising money for a local animal shelter. 

Registration for the We Act program is open for students and teachers across Illinois at www.weday.com/Illinois.

Stay connected:

-       Like We Day on Facebook: facebook.com/WeDay
-       Twitter/Instagram: @weday @CraigKielburger
-       Official Hashtag: #WeDay
-       Visit www.weday.com

With events in the US, Canada and the UK, We Day will see over 200,000 young people this school-year, coming together in stadium sized gatherings in 14 cities to take part in this unprecedented educational initiative. You can’t buy a ticket to We Day—students from across Illinois will earn their way by taking action on one local and one global cause of their choice through the We Act program.  Together, We Day and We Act are a blueprint for building the next generation of global citizens.  Since 2007, students involved in We Act have achieved remarkable social change volunteering more than 14.6 million hours, collecting over 5.6 million lbs of food for local food banks and through bake sales, coin drives and other small actions of service have collectively raised more than $45 million for more than 1,000 local and global causes. 

World-renowned leaders and A-list entertainers have added their voice to the We Day movement coming together to address pressing world issues and ignite students’ passion to be a part of the solution. From Jennifer Hudson, Magic Johnson and Desmond Tutu to Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez and J. Cole, We Day makes it cool to care.

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