Today the kids played hooky from school. Education should be more than classroom learning it should also include life experiences.
So that is what we did. The kids played hooky from school to attend WE Day Los Angeles. This is an invitation-only event for kids. No parents allowed unless your daughter’s dance group happens to be performing.
And that’s how the entire family was able to attend. Thank, Myla and MDC.
WE Day is an annual event hosted by WE Charity. It is a celebration of youth making a difference in their local and global communities. WE Schools is a yearlong program that nurtures compassion in young people and gives them the tools to create transformation social change.
Together they offer young people the tools and the inspiration to take social action, empower others and transform lives—including their own.
WE Day is for kids but even as an adult you walk away inspired to make a difference.
TO DO SOMETHING.
You walk away feeling confident that the younger generation will be there to heal all the things that some of my generation and older generations seem hell bent on tearing apart.
The future generation craves…
- Quality Education
- Clean Water for Everyone
- Food for Everyone
- And Equal Opportunity for EVERYONE
And thank god they do, because what is happening now…
I look forward to watching them reshape our world into a better place. But we can’t live it all up to them.
Walking out of WE Day makes me want to do something. My day job allows me to help non-profits shape their online presence. I make sure the content and experience of the site are user-friendly and inline with the organizations’ goals. But I want to do more. I need to do more.
But let’s get back to WE Day.
The event master of ceremonies was Selena Gomez and she did an excellent job talking us through the show. WE Day was full of celebrities including Demi Lovato, Bryan Cranston, Alessia Cara, Tyrese Gibson, Lily Collins, Shay Mitchell and Rowan Blanchard.
We are so much stronger when we are united on common ground! – Demi Lovato
Grace Venderwall, America’s Got Talent winner, kicked off the show with a performance of Gossip Girl. Where does this girl get that voice from?
Laverne Cox of Orange is the New Black shared her transgender story and LGBT community.
Living your truth is way better than living a lie. – Leverne Cox
Lilly Singh (aka Superwoman) spoke about loving yourself first. “To spread love, we’ve got to love ourselves first,” she said. I didn’t know who Lilly was but the kids in the audience did. She’s a well-known YouTube sensation and author of How to Be a BAWSE. I’m adding this one to my daughter’s summer reading list.
Demarjay Smith introduced the crowd to DJ Kahled, but not until he shared his own words a wisdom. Smith is all heart, he was the only person on stage that didn’t use the teleprompter.
Don’t wait for someone to challenge you. You challenge yourself! – DJ Kahled
Academy Award-winning producer Brian Gazer spoke about the importance of staying curious. He produced and executive produced some of my favorite shows on TV like Shots Fired and Empire. He is a screenwriter and author. His book A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life is a New York Times bestseller.
I’ve added his book to my summer reading list.
Winnie Harlow and Lizzie Velasquez talked about persevering through bullying and cyber-bulling. Laila Ali talked about how she defended friends from bullies.
Be fierce. Have faith. And don’t let anything stand in your way! – Laila Ali
Jesse J performed to of her latest hits, with the message to be true to yourself.
Alicia Keys also performed and all I can say is “spectacular.” Actually, there is one other thing to say, “When is her next concert?” I’m definitely attending that one!
And finally, my daughter and her dance crew graced the stage with their dance performance.
We had to leave shortly after she performed but what an amazing experience. I hope that my kids and ALL the kids in the audience walked away energized and motivated to do more.
Check out the full WE Day Los Angeles lineup.
About WE Charity
WE Charity is an international charity and educational partner. Our organization is unique among Canadian charities in that it operates collaborative programs both domestically and internationally.
In Canada, the US, and the UK, WE Day and WE Schools are initiatives of WE Charity that educate and empower young people. WE Schools is a yearlong educational program that nurtures compassion in students and gives them the tools to create transformative social change. And WE Day is a series of stadium-sized events that celebrate youth making a difference in their local and global communities.
To learn more about WE Day and WE Charity visit we.org.