The Archbishop is a South African social rights activist. He rose to worldwide prominence in the 1980s as a staunch opponent of his country's policy of apartheid. He was also the first black South African Archbishop of Cape Town. His irrepressible spirit is particularly awe-inspiring when you consider the South Africa from which he emerged.
Robin Wiszowaty, motivational speaker and partner of Me to We, uses her unique life to encourage young people to explore all opportunities as they may open up a world of choices. In this excerpt from...
Spencer West, motivational speaker and partner of Me to We, uses his personal struggles to encourage young people to look beyond their own circumstances and see how they can make a difference to other...
Martin Sheen is truly a living Hollywood legend. Yet despite his accomplishments as an artist, acting is not where his true passions lie. As a pacifist, humanitarian and tireless activist for peace and social justice, Martin has been arrested more than 60 times for public protests and acts of civil disobedience. We caught up with him at We Day Alberta.
2012 will be remembered for countless things, but most of these memories will be soundtracked by Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe," a song that pretty much single-handedly reminded everyone why pop m...
Certain people have such boundless inner energy that it seems the whole global deficit might be solved, if only we could tap into their power reserves. Sylvie Fréchette is one of those people. It's not hard to see how this vivacious Québécoise helped Canada bring home the Olympic gold for solo synchronized swimming. We managed to pin down the bubbly Fréchette just long enough for a quick chat in Montreal.
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When we asked Grammy-winning Canadian singer Nelly Furtado to travel with us to Kenya a few years back, we had no idea it would lead to an amazing friendship. Now an ambassador for Free The Children, she launched a matching fund to support the construction of a new all girls' high school in rural Kenya.
Lights is a pretty and successful pop star. But that's now. Back when she was known as Valerie Poxleitner, she was just another teenage girl whose own light was dimmed by bullies for the crime of bein...
So, what are you going to do with all those pennies that are filling up your change jars and piggy banks? Craig and Marc Kielburger have an idea for you: turn them into clean water. Not literally, bu...
Barack Obama may not have been born in Kenya (honest, guys), but his presidency has certainly given his father’s home continent no end of pride in his achievements, says South African icon and archbis...
Have you ever felt the energy of 20,000 inspired young people vibrating through your veins? Probably not. I hadn't either, until last month, when I got to attend my first We Day. The Kielburger brothers have a presence and energy like no others. The tools to act local and think global are really just a mouse click away, so there are no excuses to not participate in the movement.
OneRepublic, the pop-rock quintet from Denver, Colorado, has been together since 2002, since they were in high school, or in the band's words, "since forever." They finish each other's sentences like siblings and cite each other as role models. We caught up with Drew Brown, Eddie Fisher and Brent Kutzle at We Day Vancouver last month.
Cody Simpson has it pretty sweet, right? The 15-year-old pop star from Australia's Gold Coast was an award-winning swimmer before his music career took off online. Not only did the then-preteen's bedr...
Legendary newsman Larry King may not be helming CNN's go-to program for politicians anymore, but that's not keeping him out of the fray this election season. From promoting third-party candidates and...
Legendary TV interviewer Larry King may like Piers Morgan the man, but he has little appreciation for his CNN replacement’s self-centred interviewing style or his previous background as a “tabloid jou...
Cody Simpson is not your stereotypical teen star -- self-entitled or shrouded in scandal. Cody is thoughtful and genuine. Even after his rise to super pop stardom, 3.4 million Twitter followers and a sold-out "Welcome to Paradise" headline tour, Cody still travels with his Dad -- he is, after all, just 15 years old.
I had a spectacular day at my second We Day event in Winnipeg which took place this past Tuesday, October 30, 2012. I was awed and humbled to be in the room with one of the greatest men who has ever lived: Former Soviet Union president Mikhail Gorbachev.
As I look towards next week and my schedule of responsibilities and events, I am keeping Tuesday, October 30th clear so that I can attend We Day, coming again to Winnipeg. We Day is a movement of young people leading local and global, social change. These are the notes that I hastily scribbled at the last We Day event that I attended:
Not all trick-or-treating is created equal. This Halloween, use an existing food supply and delivery system for a good cause; collect canned goods for your local food bank while you stockpile candy.
We Day participants converged in Calgary on October 24, 2012 and told the AOL HuffPost Impact video booth why and how they are making a difference in their communitie
As Calgary celebrated its very first We Day at the Scotiabank Saddledome the atmosphere was hot, hot, hot. And it's no surprise; the 18,000 youth packed into the stadium were fired up and ready to ins...
It’s not quite climbing Kilimanjaro, but walking from Edmonton to Calgary is a pretty impressive feat, especially if you are Spencer West, a young man who had the bottom half of his body amputated whe...
Magic Johnson may fit the Republican definition of a “job creator,” in that the former basketball star and current businessman and philanthropist is wildly wealthy. But don’t think his one per cent st...
VANCOUVER -- For the past half-decade, Free The Children’s We Day youth rallies have been slowly spreading across Canada. Beginning in Toronto in 2007, this year they’ll be gathering teen activists in...
Bullying was top of mind at We Day Vancouver, the annual event to inspire young people to make positive change, as celebrities and politicians cited B.C. teen Amanda Todd as an example of the devastat...
We Day participants converged in Vancouver on October 18, 2012 and told the AOL HuffPost Impact video booth why and how they are making a difference in their communitie
When Nelly Furtado showed up at Toronto’s We Day 2011 youth rally, the 20,000 teenage activists in attendance likely expected some songs and maybe a moving speech about her experience working with Fre...
Increasingly desperate conservatives are turning to race baiting in a series of attacks that will only get more ferocious after Wednesday's first U.S. presidential debate, says actor and activist Mart...
Just days before he kicked off his campaign to become the next leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Justin Trudeau was welcomed like a rock star at a 20,000-strong youth rally in Toronto. While crit...
We Day participants converged in Toronto on Sept. 28, 2012 and told the AOL Canada video booth why and how they were making a difference in their communitie
There's twenty thousand screaming kids in a stadium, and they want only one thing: To make the world a better place. That's the kind of effect that We Day has on everyone who experiences the event, as...