Alicia Keys and Selena Gomez came to rock the house at the Forum on April 27 with thousands of charitable students and educators. The annual "WE Day" event returned to celebrate kids who are making a difference in their world through social activism, and to inspire others.
About 16,000 students from all over California converged at the Forum to celebrate everyday heroes. Gomez hosted the day-long, star-studded celebration which included a guest appearance by the Muppets Fozzie Bear.
She told ET in advance of the event:
"I think kids especially, with social media sometimes, they just feel a little claustrophobic, and I don't think their voice is actually being heard," she said. "I want people to know that every single life is valuable, that their voice can be heard, and that there are people who are willing to be there for them."
WE Day is a celebration of youth making a difference in their local and global communities. WE Schools is the yearlong program that nurtures compassion in young people and gives them the tools to create transformational social change.Together they offer young people the tools and the inspiration to take social action, empower others and transform lives—including their own.
Since 2007, students involved with WE have raised $79 million for thousands of organizations, a rewarding result for the WE founders, humanitarians, activists and social entrepreneurs, brothers Craig and Marc Kielburger. Craig Kielburger launched WE, formerly known as "Free the Children," when he was 12.
Alicia Keys was the headliner this year, and according to Twitter feeds, there could not have been a better choice. The singer-activist’s amazing rendition of her hit ‘Holy War.’—complete with a live backup chorus—was considered one of her best performances yet.
WE Schools provides helpful resources for educators and exclusive learning opportunities for students—including AP with WE Service and Aboriginal Programming. WE Schools also gives educators the opportunity to host perspective-changing speaking engagements in their classrooms, according to the website.
Students earned their tickets by taking action on one local and one global issue.
Started over 20 years ago, WE set out on a bold mission: to work with developing communities to free children and their families from poverty and exploitation. Their vision expanded to include empowering youth at home, connecting them with global issues and social causes, and partnering with schools to inspire young change-makers from within the classroom. And with the launch of ME to WE, they created an innovative social enterprise that provides products that make an impact, empowering people to change the world with their everyday consumer choices.
For more information, visit we.org. "WE Day" airs on ABC this summer.