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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

Canada Needs a Federal Focus on Sustainable Youth Employment

(4) Comments | Posted October 8, 2015 | 12:16 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 | 10:01 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 | 8:44 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 | 8:10 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 | 5:22 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 | 8:11 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 | 8:19 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 | 12:33 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 | 8:36 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 | 5:24 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 | 9:11 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 | 12:22 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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Let's Close the Gap Between Canadians and Refugees

(26) Comments | Posted July 16, 2015 | 12:57 PM

Samer tended the barbeque while his wife, Nisreen, relaxed in a lawnchair and their 9-year-old son, Mohammed, kicked a ball around with his cousins. An idyllic family get-together no different than any you might find across Canada on a warm spring day.

Until that evening, when the sky filled with...

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How Microfinance Helps Developing Nations

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2015 | 12:26 PM

By: Craig and Marc Kielburger

Maxim Zorya had more than a decade's experience as a registered nurse in his native Ukraine, and then in Israel. But when he and his family made Vancouver their home five years ago, Zorya's nursing career floundered.

In a story too familiar for...

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Canadians Need to Ask Big Questions About Our Society

(44) Comments | Posted July 3, 2015 | 7:21 AM

A national election is months away, but campaigning has already begun. While party leaders talk issues of economy and security, no one is asking the big question: what kind of society do we want?

Canada is no longer one of the top five countries for integrating immigrants, a European think-tank...

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Here's Scientific Proof That Poverty Can Be Inherited

(1) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 8:05 AM

By Craig and Marc Kielburger

The story begins with two babies. Alike in potential, a lifetime of possibilities lie ahead. It ends with two adults: a man sporting a tux and sipping champagne, and a woman in a waitress uniform, serving him oysters.

In May, this brilliant online graphic comic...

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Medicine Hat Proves Idealism and Realism Can Walk Hand in Hand

(4) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 7:54 AM

When the Medicine Hat Community Housing Society approached councillor Ted Clugston six years ago with a plan to end homelessness, he was cynical. The group wanted to just give homes to the homeless.

"You're going to end homelessness? Yeah ok, good one," he recalls thinking.

But the society argued...

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Reconciliation Must Come From People, Not Just Parliament

(8) Comments | Posted June 12, 2015 | 8:23 AM

Day after day, victims of apartheid recounted their stories of unimaginable suffering. The sheer weight of horror drove Archbishop Desmond Tutu to break down and weep.

In the 1990s, we watched with admiration as Archbishop Desmond Tutu united his nation after apartheid through a truth and reconciliation...

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A Changing Battlefield Complicates the Fight to Help Child Soldiers

(2) Comments | Posted June 6, 2015 | 8:43 AM

Without guns, tanks, or warplanes, the United Nations won a stunning victory on the battlefield.

After months of complicated negotiation, in May the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) convinced 10 armies involved in the conflict in the Central African Republic to stop recruiting children and release all of the estimated...

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A Sense of Purpose Can Make You Live Longer

(2) Comments | Posted May 29, 2015 | 9:34 AM

By: Craig and Marc Kielburger

Mabel sat in her Chicago apartment, waiting to die.

Once an active social butterfly, the 85-year-old found herself increasingly cocooned at home because of age-related illnesses like arthritis. A downward spiral ensued: the less Mabel went out, the more she lost touch with friends,...

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