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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

The World Needs Parents To Let Their Kids Fail

(20) 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

(12) 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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Canada Needs To Stem The Tide Of 'Stolen' Aboriginal Children

(14) Comments | Posted February 18, 2016 | 4:32 PM

Wisps of white smoke from smoldering sweet grass and sage curl above a small group sitting in a circle. The soothing scent seeps into the cedar planks of this traditional First Nations sweat lodge nestled inside the sweeping modern glass and brick curves of an urban building in downtown Ottawa....

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Canada's No-Fly List May Erode Security Rather Than Enhance It

(8) Comments | Posted February 11, 2016 | 3:12 PM

Don't ask Syed Adam Ahmed about the airport. Normally shy but amiable, the six-year-old growls in frustration while his face clouds over like an oncoming hurricane.

The little hockey fan from Markham, Ont. is still extremely upset that he almost missed out on attending an NHL game in the U.S....

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Impact Hubs Provide The Tools For Social Change

(1) Comments | Posted February 4, 2016 | 4:02 PM

Frederic Sune looked around his kitchen at all the expensive tools strewn on the floor. The web developer bought them for a tiling job, but would never use them again. What a waste, he thought.

At Hub Ottawa, a community space where entrepreneurs, professionals and activists gather to work and...

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6 Eco-Friendly Inventions That Can Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

(2) Comments | Posted January 28, 2016 | 1:48 PM

By Craig and Marc Kielburger

Our world doesn't look much like the ones envisioned in sci-fi flicks like Star Trek or Back to the Future, let alone the latest installment of Star Wars. Kids aren't buzzing around on flying skateboards, and we aren't...

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How One Canadian College Is Building Better Health In Tanzania

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2016 | 12:45 PM

By Craig and Marc Kielburger

Row after row of mothers wait patiently, babies fussing in their laps. A nurse in this small clinic in rural Arusha, Tanzania, calls them forward, one by one, and gives the squirming infants a shot that will protect them from killer diseases, like measles...

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Social Impact Bonds Will Transform The Way We Fund Positive Change

(0) Comments | Posted January 5, 2016 | 2:15 PM

Michelle was tired of slinging drinks as a bartender. At 42, she dreamed of a more fulfilling career. But as a high school dropout, her reading, writing and math skills were nowhere near good enough for the competitive Canadian job market.

So Michelle enrolled in an initiative at B.C.'s Douglas...

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The Transformative Power Of A Rafiki

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2015 | 9:11 AM

By Craig Kielburger

Sitting cross-legged on the grass under an old acacia tree in rural Kenya, actor Shay Mitchell was tutored in the art of intricate beading. Five Maasai mamas, dressed in traditional bright, patterned shawls, showed the Canadian star of Pretty Little Liars, how to string hundreds of tiny...

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