The youth empowerment event, WE Day, is set to return to California on April 19, 2018. The popular event will take place at the “Fabulous” Forum, celebrating the leaders and innovators that are committed to making a positive impact through culture, education, and perseverance.
WE Day California will bring together over 16,000 students and educators from across the state, collaborating with speakers, thought leaders, and celebrity performers. WE Day California will be filmed for a one-hour national televised broadcast special airing on ABC on August 17, 2018.
The producers of the event announced the initial lineup for WE Day California, including host John Stamos, with speakers, presenters and performers Paula Abdul, Jennifer Aniston alongside March for Our Lives Organizers Jackie Corin and Cameron Kasky, Dierks Bentley, Sofia Carson, The Chainsmokers, Lonnie Chavis, Monique Coleman, Lily Collins, DVSN, Will Ferrell, Jordan Fisher, Connor Franta, Morgan Freeman, Selena Gomez, Lizzy Greene, Winnie Harlow, Laurie Hernandez, Olivia Holt, Jenna Ortega, Lele Pons, Jessie Reyez, Nicole Richie, Kelly Sawyer, Drew Scott, Martin Sheen, JoJo Siwa, Lilly Singh, Henry Winkler, Spencer West, Maddie Ziegler and more.
Joined by international activists and WE co-founders, Craig and Marc Kielburger, this exciting lineup will share their passion for change, energize the crowd and motivate young people to continue to take action on pressing issues and affect positive change in their communities and around the world.
“I’m constantly inspired by the determination in every single student at WE Day—the energy they bring is unforgettable,” said actress and multi-platinum recording artist, Selena Gomez. “This is my sixth WE Day and I can’t wait to share words of encouragement with thousands of young leaders who have accomplished so much worth celebrating. This generation is changing the world and I’m humbled to be a part of this special day with them.”
WE Day is a series of 19 stadium-sized events held across the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and the Caribbean. This past year, more than 200,000 students from over 10,000 schools attended WE Day events, alongside thousands who watched online and millions more through two national North American TV broadcasts. Students can’t buy a ticket to WE Day—youth earn their way by the actions they take on one local and one global cause of their choice.
“We are surrounded by youth of the WE generation—a generation that is tuned-in to the needs of their community both globally and locally. They have committed to choosing hope, optimism, empathy and courage over fear, division, apathy and intolerance,” said Craig Kielburger. “We are honored to celebrate young people from over 875 schools and youth groups from across California, who have joined together to make a difference and prove that you are never too young to change the world.”