There is no denying that the most important people in the future of our planet are our youth. Although this may seem like a bold statement, it is important to recognize that soon today’s youth will be responsible for creating a positive change both locally as well as globally. This change could be used to eradicate national issues of poverty, environmental destruction, racism and hunger, yet it will only be possible if we encourage and empower the youth. In seeing this need for young people to make a difference two brothers, Marc and Craig Kielburger, have organized a one day festival that not only inspires young people, it shows them that a global change can be made by anyone, at any age. This amazing one day event is known as We Day.
What makes We Day different from any other motivation festival is that it engages massive audiences by synergising pop culture, activist movements, inspirational speeches and charity organizations. This extreme combination takes what used to be a boring powerpoint presentation and turns it into an event that not only interests young people but engages them and motivates them to start changing the world.
While changing the world my seem like a huge undertaking, the We Day event was organized to show young people that a positive future isn’t just made by one person making huge changes, it also comes from many people making lots of small positive changes. To help demonstrate who has helped make a positive difference in our world, several amazing speeches were given by local and international leaders such as Col. Chris Hadfield, Hon. Kathleen Wynne, Martin Luther King III, Hannan Alper, Molly Brike, Vishal Vijay and Robin Wiszowaty. These speeches were not only uplifting, they also demonstrated how hard work and determination can pay off. Most of all these speeches revealed problems that still exist in today’s world, and how the youth today can work together to help fix them.
Another amazing lesson given at We Day was that no good deed goes unnoticed or unrewarded. This was demonstrated by only giving away tickets to schools and individuals who have made positive contributions over the past year. When those in attendance got to see that the stadium was filled with 20,000 other good, kind and caring individuals, they realized that change is possible. We Day also shows the perks of helping make a change by putting on a show that featured artists such as The Jonas Brothers, Jacob Artist, Barenaked Ladies, Serena Ryder, Demi Lovato and Imagine Dragons.
With all these amazing bands, great speeches and unforgettable life lessons, We Day is definitely an event that every young person should make an effort to attend!