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Craig Kielburger and Marc Kielburger, Co-Founders, Free The Children

Brothers and founders of Free The Children, Craig and Marc Kielburger are two of the world's leading figures in youth empowerment. Free The Children, which works with more than one million youth every year, is the world's largest network of children helping children through education.

Marc and Craig are syndicated columnists and co-authors of the New York Times bestseller, Me to We, and most recently, The World Needs Your Kid.

Their work has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show as well as on CNN, BBC, 60 Minutes and The Today Show, and in People, Time and the Economist.

Craig and Marc are represented by Me to We Speakers.

Entries by Craig and Marc Kielburger

Refugee Child Labourers Are A Growing Side Effect Of Syria's War

(3) Comments | Posted November 26, 2015 | 1:42 PM

Adad's proud grin shone through the dirt encrusted on his face. Standing in a farm field, he declared, "I am happy because I have become a man. I earn money."

Adad is only a boy. Roughly 10 years old, he is one of hundreds of young Syrian refugees in Jordan...

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One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: The Fight To Eradicate Vaccine-Preventable Diseases

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2015 | 10:25 AM

It's a bittersweet victory. Just last month, the world achieved the lowest rate of polio infections in history, UNICEF announced. It's all thanks to global vaccination programs.

Sounds epic -- except 2015 should have been the year humanity wiped polio off the planet.

"Unfortunately, over last few...

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The Truth About Toxic Stress And Healthy Brains

(10) Comments | Posted November 12, 2015 | 5:55 PM

In a thick southern drawl, Olympia Dukakis as Clairee Belcher in the movie Steel Magnolias declares, "You know what they say: that which does not kill us makes us stronger."

In Calgary recently, representatives from the Alberta-based Palix Foundation showed us an intriguing video with scenes, like the...

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Imagine A World Without Juvenile Prisons

(24) Comments | Posted November 6, 2015 | 11:13 AM

By: Craig and Marc Kielburger

The city of Seattle, Washington, plans to never put another young person in jail. Is it a naïvely utopian vision or an idea whose time has come?

In September, the Seattle City Council unanimously approved a motion calling for zero youth incarceration. Seattle...

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The Future Of Business Lies In Sustainability

(1) Comments | Posted October 30, 2015 | 3:15 PM

Perhaps you've heard the news that everyone is doomed.

There's a crater-sized gap between rich and poor and our planet is running out of room and resources, among other calamities. Governments and charities are struggling to right the ship.

But what about business?

If all companies harnessed...

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We Need Fewer Obstacles To Education For Aboriginal Students

(23) Comments | Posted October 29, 2015 | 2:29 PM

By: Craig and Marc Kielburger

Canada's Saanich First Nation people have a word for success gained after much struggle: le, nonet (pronounced le-non-git). It means "paddling a canoe in a storm and making it through to the other side." For many Canadian aboriginal youth, a college certificate or university degree...

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Youth Mental Health Is an Election Issue That Affects Us All

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2015 | 1:03 PM

By: Craig and Marc Kielburger

Jennifer watched as her 11-year-old son's symptoms grew worse by the day. Jacob wouldn't leave the house. Then, he spat constantly to purge the poisons he feared were contaminating his body. He ultimately stopped eating. In November, 2013 Jacob had a total breakdown at school,...

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We Need to Raise Kids Who Care

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2015 | 1:11 PM

Certificates of academic achievement emblazoned with gold seals and photos of triumphant children hoisting sports trophies clutter Canadian families' bulletin boards.

Well-meaning parents often ask us, how can we help our kids excel, and be their best? While standing out in sports and school is awesome, being kind and...

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Canada Needs a Federal Focus on Sustainable Youth Employment

(5) Comments | Posted October 8, 2015 | 1:16 PM

By: Craig and Marc Kielburger

It was a gut-wrenching dilemma for Connor Smith. At 22, he had to decide whether to stick with a steady but dead-end job working the till at Costco, or take a chance on the offer of a two-month contract that might finally open real career...

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Teaching Postsecondary Students Consent Helps End Rape Culture

(3) Comments | Posted October 4, 2015 | 11:01 AM

By: Craig and Marc Kielburger

Beers raised high, three young men look smugly at the crudely spray-painted sign planted on the lawn of their fraternity house. The message is worse than the scrawl: "Thank you fathers for your freshmen daughters."

In photograph after photograph taken at campuses across the United...

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The World Needs a Better Way to Measure the Well-Being of Nations

(4) Comments | Posted September 25, 2015 | 9:44 AM

by: Craig and Marc Kielburger

The world's second-worst oil spill, the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, killed 11 people and poured 750 million litres of crude oil into the ocean.

But it was a boon for the U.S. economy.

Capping the underwater...

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Syrians are One Wave in an Ocean of Refugees

(4) Comments | Posted September 18, 2015 | 9:10 AM

by: Craig and Marc Kielburger

Abdibasi Ahmed Hussein hasn't spoken a word in eight years. Not since a cruise missile killed the 14-year-old boy's father and brother in Mogadishu, Somalia, in 2008. Since then, over half his life has passed in Dadaab, Kenya, the world's largest refugee camp.

Abdibasi's frustrated...

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A Decade of Gains Made in Global Education Is at Risk

(1) Comments | Posted September 10, 2015 | 6:22 PM

by: Craig and Marc Kielburger

Hellen Lemian, 14, raced across town to her grandmother's house -- the elderly woman was her last hope. All of Lemian's arguments with her father had failed. She was frightened and desperate.

The family of 13 lives in Naikarra, a rural town in southern Kenya....

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We Need to Have Greater News Coverage of International Issues

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2015 | 9:11 AM

By Craig and Marc Kielburger

The bomb blast ignited the hut's roof. Flaming thatch fell into a foxhole full of cowering children. A young brother and sister died horribly, and six more children suffered terrible burns.

These children were among the thousands of casualties of a months-long indiscriminate bombing...

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Finding Shelter for Homeless LGBT Youth

(6) Comments | Posted August 28, 2015 | 9:19 AM

For six months, Matt's home was a park in downtown Toronto. In plummeting winter temperatures, he huddled under a bench and took sleeping medication to get through the night rather than brave one of the city's emergency shelters.

When a researcher with Toronto's Centre for Addiction and Mental Health...

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We Should Use Compassion to Get Tough on Crime

(3) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 1:33 PM

In a moment of boredom, two teens in Lanark County, Ont., smash their way into a hardware store and help themselves to the goods.

Police nabbed the pair soon after. But instead of going before judge and jury, the teens faced their victims in a citizen-run "restorative justice" forum. It's...

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Volunteerism Is Creating the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2015 | 9:36 AM

Remember that gung-ho teen who hit you up at the mall for your signature on a petition or donation to a local cause? You might have just met tomorrow's millionaire entrepreneur.

Sure, manufacturing and natural resources remain an important part of Canada's economy, but the real economic drivers and...

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Young Muslim Canadians You Don't Hear About on the News

(10) Comments | Posted August 6, 2015 | 6:24 PM

Another young Canadian dies fighting for the Islamic State in Iraq. A new report from the Canadian Senate sounds the alarm about the radicalization of Muslims in Canada, and recommends clamping down on Canadian imams. Ten young Muslim Canadians are arrested at Pierre Elliott...

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Technological Solutions for a Thirsty World

(3) Comments | Posted July 31, 2015 | 10:11 AM

When Archie Barrie heard pounding on his metal roof, the terrified child bolted into his mother's arms. The two-year-old boy, who lives on a farm in central Australia, had never heard or seen rain before.

Australia has endured chronic droughts for 20 years. Some areas haven't seen a...

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Canadians Need More Love and Respect For Water

(3) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 1:22 PM

By Craig and Marc Kielburger

Leaping from a dock under a brilliant July sun into the icy water of a Canadian lake brought a tide of memories.

A few weeks ago, Craig was visiting friends at their cottage on Lake of the Woods, in northwestern Ontario. The experience harkened back...

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