Chicago is proud to be hosting the very first We Day Illinois. It is coming up in just three days on Thursday, April 30th. This year’s stage will be filled to the brim with a host of inspirational speakers and performers. This includes Selena Gomez, Jennifer Hudson, Common, The Band Perry, Colbie Caillat, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Lt. Colonel Eileen Collins, Martin Sheen, Marlee Matlin, Hannah Simone, Rico and Raini Rodriguez, Dennis Haysbert, Babyface, Kweku Mandela and so many more (Click to tweet: .@weday announces first ever #WeDay #Illinois lineup @common @IAMJHUD@selenagomez @thebandperry @MagicJohnson @MarleeMatlin @kwekumandela @shaymitch). The star-studded lineup will join in with international activists and We Day co-founders, Craig and Marc Kielburger, to share their passion for change, international experiences and energize the crowd with unforgettable performances and motivational speeches.
Ms. Gomez, actress, multi-platinum recording artist and host of the event, will lead the crowd on Thursday through We Day, the movement of our time, with a full day of powerful educational speeches, inspirational moments and empowering performances.
Chicago will be hopping on Thursday as 15,000 local youth and teachers from over 500 schools gather to hear the inspirational speeches and take part in the electric performances in the first ever We Day Illinois. This day is all in thanks to the National Title Sponsor of the program, Allstate.
We Day is a movement of young people leading local and global change. It is a day to celebrate and inspire this generation’s shift from ‘me to we.’ We Day works toward acting with intention, leading with compassion and a belief in the power of community. This movement is one of the world’s largest registered charities on social media. We Day has more than five million followers.
In 2015 alone, hundreds of thousands of young people will come together in stadium-sized events in 14 cities. They will take part in this unprecedented educational initiative.
“We Day is one of the most uplifting celebrations I have ever experienced,” said Academy® and GRAMMY® award-winning actress and musician, co-founder of the Julian D. King Gift Foundation and national co-chair of We Day, Jennifer Hudson. “The energy at We Day is like nothing else, fueled by positive energy and amazing hearts. At We Day, young people are encouraged to keep reaching and striving for the changes they want to see – no dream is too big, no challenge too hard. I can’t wait to celebrate, honor and motivate the thousands of change-makers in my home state of Illinois.”
“Time and time again, young people take action to make the world a better place. They know that a better tomorrow won’t wait until tomorrow,” said Vicky Dinges, Senior Vice President of Corporate Responsibility, Allstate. “As we partner with Free the Children to expand in the United States, Allstate is proud to bring We Day to Chicago – our hometown. Empowering kids and their commitment to service is the right thing to do. It helps us live into our purpose of being a force for good.”
While We Day Illinois will take place this Thursday, We Day, in general, is more than a one-day event. It is, in fact, connected to the year-long We Act program that provides educational resources and campaigns to help young people turn the day’s inspiration into sustained action. Together these events are cause inclusive, empowering young people to find their passion and to create the change they want to see. Together they are a blueprint for building the next generation of global citizens.
“We are extremely excited to introduce We Day to Illinois for the first time,” said We Day Co-Founder, Craig Kielburger. “We Day is North America’s celebration of service, honoring youth from coast to coast. This is our time to celebrate the inspiring actions Illinois youth have taken throughout their communities and all over the world, impacting local and global issues that matter most to them. This generation of young people – the Me to We generation – are creating and leading real systemic change. Since 2007, youth involved in We Day educational initiatives have raised over $45 million for over 1,000 local and global causes and logged more than 14.6 million volunteer hours.”
While many want to attend, they will not have to purchase a ticket to We Day Illinois on Thursday. The youngsters that attend will have to earn their ticket by committing to take action on local and global causes of their choice. We Day will provide a platform for these youngsters to learn about some of today’s pressing social issues, helping to inspire the young people so that they will become future leaders and global citizens and to take action on the issues most important to them.
The event is free of charge to the thousands of students and educators in attendance. Again, this is all in thanks to the generous support of Allstate, the National Co-Title Sponsor.