Today, WE Day returns to Texas making its debut at The Majestic Theatre in Dallas. Celebrating young people committed to making a difference, WE Day Texas brings together 2,000 students and educators from over 40 schools from across the state. The inspiring youth empowerment event features renowned speakers, innovative thought leaders and dynamic performers including WE co-founder Craig Kielburger, co-hosts Anthony Gonzalez, Lindsey Morgan, Navia Robinson, alongside Victoria Arlen, Olivia Holt, Johnny Orlando and more.
“I am amazed by all the inspiring kids here today at WE Day Texas and by their stories and their commitment to changing the world,” said Emmy-nominated Actress Lindsey Morgan. “Their dedication really demonstrates that no dream is too big when you set your mind to it – it is so powerful!”
Speakers and performers at WE Day Texas energize the crowd through a day filled with powerful educational speeches, inspirational moments and empowering performances. A few must-see highlights include:
• ESPN on-air personality and Paralympian gold medalist Victoria Arlen shares her inspiring story of battling two rare medical conditions and how she defied the odds to not only walk again but become an Olympic gold medalist.
• Singer/songwriter, Johnny Orlando lights up the stage with a performance of his hit-song ‘What if’.
• Singer, songwriter and Texas native, Claire DeJean, takes the WE Day stage to perform her breakout song ‘Light On’.
More than a one-day event, WE Day is connected to the free, yearlong educational program WE Schools, a program designed to enhance a school or community’s existing social initiatives or spark new ones. With a global network of students and teachers in 16,000 schools across Canada, the US and the UK, 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. In the 2017/2018 school year, over 5,850 schools and school groups across the US helped improve the world through WE Schools, volunteering over 5.3 million hours and raising more than $4.1 million in support of over 1,800 global and local causes including bringing awareness to homelessness, food security, access to education, access to clean water and the environment.
“We’re honored to provide tools to build the confidence, self-esteem and leadership skills of young people and to encourage the next generation of engaged citizens” said Craig Kielburger, co-founder of WE.
“I’m thrilled to be at WE Day Texas to recognize and celebrate the work of the thousands of incredible young leaders here today. Each student and educator has challenged themselves to give back in remarkable ways and make a real difference in their local and global communities.,” said Kielburger. “From tackling the stigma surrounding mental health, to fundraising to improve access to clean water in overseas communities and eliminating homelessness, today’s young change-makers are more fearless than ever when it comes to taking action on timely issues. Their unwavering commitment to doing good never ceases to inspire me and all of us here today to support them.”
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. This means students can’t buy a ticket to WE Day Texas—youth from across the state earn their way by taking action on one local and one global issue of their choice.