WE Day 2019 Adds Natalie Portman and Selena Gomez
The annual WE Day celebration is just around the corner, and the organization is putting together the special appearances and speakers that will be attending this year’s event. This year WE Day will take place at the “Fabulous” Forum on April 25, 2019, but there will be events across North America, the UK, and the Caribbean. The celebration promises memorable performances and motivational speeches with WE co-founders and international activists that have worked hard over the last year to make a change for their community.
“Every year, WE Day leaves me feeling inspired and hopeful. The youth have an incredible positive and passionate attitude for making real change in the world” says actress and multi-platinum recording artist, Selena Gomez. “I’m so proud to celebrate young people’s year of social change and to remind them that together, we are an unstoppable movement dedicated to a brighter and better tomorrow.”
WE Day is connected to the free, yearlong program WE Schools. Designed to enhance a school or community’s existing social initiatives or spark new ones, WE Schools provides participants with curriculum, educational resources and action campaigns, encouraging students to further their curricular learning and develop life skills to succeed beyond the classroom. WE Day is free of charge to students and educators across the U.S. thanks to the generous support of sponsors, led by National Co-Title Sponsor The Allstate Foundation and Co-Title Sponsor Unilever.
In the 2017/2018 school year, over 1260 schools and school groups across California improved the world through WE Schools, volunteering over 1.4M hours and raising more than $1M in support of over 660 global and local causes including bringing awareness to homelessness, food security, LGBTQ+ rights, access to education, access to clean water in overseas communities and environmental issues.
“Across America, we are surrounded by young leaders who are working together to positively impact their local and global communities. It’s incredibly inspiring to see young people who are committed to changing the world,” said Craig Kielburger, co-founder of WE. “WE Day California will bring together thousands of students who are raising their collective voice as they work towards creating a future for all — this generation is speaking up and the world is listening.”
Neil Patrick Harris is hosting the event this year, which has appearances by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Mahershala Ali, Fatima Avelica, Cameron Boyce, Karamo Brown, Sofia Carson, Celebrity Marauders, Chance The Rapper, Edna Chavez, Justin Choo, Cohen Family, Nina Dobrev, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Selena Gomez, Winnie Harlow, Ryan Hickman, Laurie Hernandez, Olivia Holt, Emma Horton, Zeke Sumpter Ibarra, Skai Jackson, Joe Jonas, Zak Karim, Craig Kielburger, Marc Kielburger, LaurDIY, Pascale Lederman, Roman McConn, Dr. Art McCoy, Eli Meyer, Anna Miller, Gabi Nascimento, Bill Nye, Natalie Portman, Aidan Rassech, Kheris Rogers, Tyler Stallings, Hailee Steinfeld, Aimee Song, Spencer West, and will.i.am.
Pentatonix and Meghan Trainor are slated to perform, with more names expected to join the event.
If you can’t make it to the event, portions of WE Day California that highlight the incredible youth and educators profiled in the show will be filmed for inclusion in a one-hour national televised special airing August 9th on ABC.
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