Young People Changing the World at We Day Seattle 2017

I didn’t get to attend this year’s We Day Seattle 2017 event on April 21, but it looks like it was incredible, as usual! The event was co-founded by changemaker Craig Kielburger, who is profiled in Be a Changemaker: How to Start Something that Matters, and it is all about young people and community service. Despite the star-studded lineup, you can’t buy a ticket to WE Day—students from across the country earn their way by the actions they take on one local and one global cause of their choice. WE Day is free of charge to students and educators, thanks to the generous support of Microsoft and The Allstate Foundation.

“Every year, more than 200,000 students from over 10,000 schools around the globe earn their tickets to WE Day through the yearlong WE Schools program, creating positive impacts in their communities,” says Craig. “WE Day Seattle will unite and celebrate thousands of young leaders who are working passionately for the causes they care about most, creating sustainable change in their own backyards and around the world.” And it looks like it once again did just that.

Craig and Marc Kielburger and Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll at We Day Seattle 2017

Craig and Marc Kielburger and Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll at We Day Seattle 2017 (Photo Credit: Suzi Pratt/ Getty for WE Day)

As reported on GeekWire:

Write down your goals, listen more, and dream big.

These are good pieces of advice for anyone, really, but they held special importance for more than 15,000 students who gathered inside an energetic Key Arena on Friday in Seattle for WE Day, an annual event that celebrates youth empowerment.

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin told kids:

“No dream is too high,” Aldrin told the crowd. “I know because I am living proof.”

Buzz Aldrin at We Day Seattle 2017

Buzz Aldrin at We Day Seattle 2017 (Photo Credit: Suzi Pratt/ Getty for WE Day)

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, a WE Day Seattle co-chair, told them:

“I hope everybody in this room is writing down their goals and what they want to do in life,” he said. “Once you set those goals out, go achieve them. But you can’t achieve them alone — you need to achieve them with other people.” –Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson at We Day Seattle 2017

Russell Wilson at We Day Seattle 2017 (Photo Credit: Suzi Pratt/ Getty for WE Day)

Many more stars were in attendance, too. What a treat for the young people in attendance!

And what a benefit to our local communities, as well. During the 2015-2016 school year, WE Schools groups in Seattle volunteered more than 500,000 hours for local and global causes and raised more than $900,000 for more than 600 local organizations. Since 2007, WE Schools have raised nearly $80 million and volunteered more than 27 million hours for various causes.

Who says kids can’t change the world? It looks to me like they already are.

We Day Seattle 2017

We Day Seattle 2017 (Photo Credit: Suzi Pratt/ Getty for WE Day)

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