15,000 Students at We Day Rally Turn Passion into Social Action

March 21, 2014

Nonprofit Free The Children and Microsoft Come Together for the Second Year to Inspire Young People Worldwide

Lori Forte Harnick, General Manager, Citizenship and Public Affairs, Microsoft & Craig Kielburger, Co-Founder, Free The Children

(Redmond, WA, Friday, March 21, 2014) – Today, international nonprofit Free The Children and Co-Title Sponsor Microsoft welcome more than 15,000 young people from more than 450 high schools to KeyArena for We Day Seattle. The event recognizes and celebrates students for their commitment to the year-long We Act community service program, which provides students and teachers with free educational resources to take action on issues or causes in their local and global communities.

Microsoft’s support for We Day is part of the Microsoft YouthSpark initiative, which aims to create opportunities for 300 million youth around the world by 2015. The initiative stems from the company’s deeply-held belief that today’s youth can be the spark of change in the world.  Microsoft is supporting Free The Children’s signature We Day event and We Act program in Seattle and California over the next three years.

Since 2007, youth involved in We Act have achieved remarkable social change results:

  • $37 million raised for more than 1,000 local and global causes
  • 9.6 million hours volunteered for local and global causes
  • 4 million pounds of food collected for local food banks
  • 7.5 million hours of silence logged by youth who stood up for children in developing communities silenced by poverty and exploitation

At We Day Seattle, Microsoft announced a robust set of new features and free resources for young people to “Get Started on the YouthSpark Hub” so they can take steps to get involved and learn important skills. To learn more about the new features and get started, visit www.microsoft.com/youthsparkhub

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