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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

Meet The Fundraiser On An Epic Journey To Change The World

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2016 | 10:52 AM

By Craig and Marc Kielburger

Mark Quattrochi rode up a rough, dusty path into the small village of El Trapiche on a bicycle laden with bags.

The 28-year-old Ontario teacher had peddled more than 20,000 kilometres from China to Nicaragua. A group of local boys on bikes watched the stranger...

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Is Your Teen Safe On The Job?

(0) Comments | Posted July 4, 2016 | 9:48 AM

By Craig and Marc Kielburger

Ryan Pearce's very first job was also his last.

Pearce, 19, loved working with tools and was thrilled to land a gig in construction. Three weeks into the job, the Toronto resident was working in the basement of a house when it collapsed. By...

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We Shouldn't Be Filling Up Our Landfills With Clothing

(11) Comments | Posted June 23, 2016 | 2:41 PM

In university, Craig achieved infamy for the fashion crime of wearing far too many yellow shirts. His friends staged an intervention, removing all the offending garments from his closet and sending him on a shopping spree for trendier threads.

Recently, our staffers got together for what's become an annual...

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Insects: The Latest World-Changing Food Trend

(1) Comments | Posted June 20, 2016 | 4:48 PM

Have you heard about the next big food trend? You won't find it growing in your garden, but you might find it crawling there.

On the shelves at Summerhill Market, a Toronto grocery store, there are mealworm protein balls and scrumptious cricket key lime pie. Last year,

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Paul Martin Talks About Reconnecting With Aboriginal People

(1) Comments | Posted June 10, 2016 | 5:50 PM

Hitch hiking across Canada as a teen, Paul Martin took a summer job as a deckhand on a tug boat in Canada's far north, toiling elbow-to-elbow alongside Dene First Nation, Inuit and Métis crew. When the work was done, he'd talk with them late into the night. His mates were...

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There's A Good Reason Canadians Won't Give Up Their Libraries

(23) Comments | Posted June 6, 2016 | 2:16 PM

By Craig and Marc Kielburger

If you really want to rile up a Canadian, threaten to take away their library.

Craig got his first taste of activism speaking out to save our local library. We've noticed ever since then that when provinces and cities experience a budget crunch, libraries...

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Failure To Launch, Or A Smarter Way Of Living For Everyone?

(2) Comments | Posted May 27, 2016 | 3:30 PM

By Craig and Marc Kielburger

A twenty-something slacker lounges in his parents' basement, beer in one hand and TV remote in the other. We've lost track of how many times we've seen this cliché character in television shows and movies.

The media loves to heap scorn on prodigal youth...

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The World Needs Parents To Let Their Kids Fail

(18) Comments | Posted May 19, 2016 | 1:54 PM

By Craig and Marc Kielburger

Silicon Valley has an unofficial motto: "Fail."

Whenever we visit the California tech hub, we see evidence of pro-failure leanings. Facebook's office features posters that read "Fail Fast." Failing "often" and "early" are also encouraged. There's even a global conference for tech entrepreneurs, called...

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Art Is A Powerful Way To Transform Women's Lives

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2016 | 10:05 AM

Julie was a drug addict living on the streets of Toronto. Then a pottery wheel changed her life.

Seven years ago, Julie (her name has been changed) joined Inspirations Studio. The pottery social enterprise is run by the Toronto non-profit, Sistering, which helps low-income women who have experienced...

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Having The Freedom To Make Choices Can Empower Lives

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2016 | 5:24 PM

Every day presents us with so many choices, we often take them for granted.

Hit the gym for hot yoga, or a spin class? Have a nutritious and responsible kale smoothie, or indulge in a whip cream frappuccino? The choices we make -- even the little ones -- shape...

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The Canadian Entertainment Industry Needs To Address Diversity

(1) Comments | Posted April 29, 2016 | 9:08 AM

As a young theatre student, Lorne Cardinal dreamed of performing Shakespearean plays at Ontario's internationally-renowned Stratford Festival. An older actor chuckled at his ambition. Didn't Cardinal know indigenous actors like himself never got roles for non-aboriginal characters?

"He was right. For years I was only ever asked to do parts...

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Protect Water Resources From Becoming A Weapon Of War

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2016 | 1:46 PM

By Craig and Marc Kielburger

When the people of Aleppo, Syria, turned on their taps in early March, they saw clean, running water for the first time in months.

In January, the Islamic State seized the sole water plant that serves the entire city of Aleppo and...

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These Canadian Heroines All Deserve A Spot On Our Currency

(10) Comments | Posted April 15, 2016 | 12:31 PM

By Craig and Marc Kielburger

Merna Forster was stunned as she watched Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announce on International Women's Day that women will be represented on one of Canada's banknotes again.

"After fighting for this for years, it was hard to believe the victory," the

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Can Service Learning Put 'Delinquent' Kids On The Right Path?

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2016 | 8:00 AM

On any given day in Los Angeles there are more youth behind bars than in all of Canada. Lucas was one of them.

At 17, drinking and doing drugs, even hotwiring a car for a joyride, was nothing for Lucas. Last year, police caught him and some friends in...

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In Syria's Shadow, Millions Suffer In Forgotten Conflicts

(7) Comments | Posted March 31, 2016 | 2:26 PM

When the Grade 8 class of North Ward Public School in Paris, Ont. graduated last summer, they made their teacher promise to continue educating students about the terrible plight of people in war-ravaged Yemen.

"Don't give up on them, Ms. Connors," they said to her.

North Ward had a pen...

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5 Record-Smashing Renewable Energy Projects To Inspire Canada

(2) Comments | Posted March 23, 2016 | 4:11 PM

The city of Ouarzazate, Morocco, is no stranger to Hollywood. With scenic desert vistas, Ouarzazate has provided backdrops for Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator and Game of Thrones. Now Ouarzazate is rolling out the red carpet for the biggest star of all: the sun.

Morocco is building the world's...

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Homeless Families Are Trapped In A Bureaucratic Nightmare

(2) Comments | Posted March 18, 2016 | 10:30 AM

Rachel faces a gut-wrenching decision: put her own life and her step-daughter's safety at risk, or live on the streets.

Rachel, 55, took her step-daughter, Jessica, 15, with her when she escaped her abusive husband and left her home in rural Ontario. Rachel and Jessica (whose names have been changed...

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Why We Must Continue The Conversation About Domestic Violence

(4) Comments | Posted March 8, 2016 | 10:24 AM

Trigger warning: This article contains graphic detail about sexual assault or domestic violence, depending on the topic.

The catcall came as Brynn Chleirich walked alone through an Ottawa grocery store parking lot. A stranger in his late 30s was leaning against a car, smoking and staring at her. "Hey sweetie,...

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Art Empowers Marginalized Youth To Dream Big

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2016 | 3:16 PM

By Craig and Marc Kielburger

When Lance Bucknor stepped hesitantly through the front door of Toronto's Sketch art studio he hadn't finished high school and was living in a shelter.

At 22, he was hoping the arts program for homeless youth would offer a creative outlet to...

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Studying Abroad Is Good For Students And For Canada

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2016 | 4:23 PM

Laura Pudas was amazed to hear her hosts describe how, in Finland and Sweden, indigenous Sami people have their own parliaments. "They are so far ahead of Canada on aboriginal issues," she exclaimed.

Pudas, 21, is a student in aboriginal studies at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ont. In 2014,...

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