Fil-Ams stars inspire youth at annual “We Day” event

A global movement on positive change aimed at the youth has become a major stop for celebrities, called “We Day” by We.org. Some high-profile Filipinos were part of the big event.

Thousands of students got a chance to rub elbows with A-list celebrities, humanitarians, and bright young talents, for “We Day.”

The 10-year-old We Movement brings together people for a chance to change the world, by working with schools to encourage students to volunteer and take actions, such as raising money for charities or donating food.

The group then creates stadium sized events called We Days, to empower youth. They’ve done 17 events so far in the US, Canada, and the U.K.

The attendees — tens of thousands of students — earn the free tickets through volunteer work.

“We want to celebrate these young people, and honor them for the good they do in the community, so that’s what our team does. It’s a free year-long program we’ll bring it to any school anywhere in America. We’ll support the kids through mentorship. We’ll support them through corporate work,” said Craig Kielburger, co-founder of We.org. “The basic belief of this organization is we can unite through service. And when we do, young people will be better, the country will be better, and the world will be better.

Selena Gomez was the host for the televised Los Angeles leg, which featured a performances by Alicia Keys, Demi Lovato, Josh Gad, and Tyrese Gibson.

A few Filipinos were among the guest speakers — and one of the biggest awardees, a Filipino-led dance group.

‘Culture Shock’, whose president is Filipino Arnel Calvario, received a $10,000 grant on stage for their work in promoting the arts, especially in inner cities.

Several of their Fil-Am students were part of the performance.

Fil-Canadian actress Shay Mitchell of Pretty Little Liars has done three We Day events in the past.

“It means all the hard work and dedication that each and everyone one of you guys brings to this cause serves as a reminder that the We Generation is a huge driving force that can enact real change,” said Mitchell.

Snapchat star Cyrene Quiamco gave the packed LA Forum a talk on the environment.

“I’m excited with all the energy,” she shared. “I’m excited with all the good causes, I’m excited to see all the excited people about the good causes. Becomes superheroes, save the earth, and reduce your carbon footprint –that’s what I’m here to say today.”

Even the Snapchat celebrity was on the hunt for stars.

And according to her Snapchat, she did find a few of them backstage, as she waited for her stage time to bring up her causes.

While these ‘We Day’ events can cause major excitement for a few hours, the We movement hopes to carry on outside of the stadiums and into the classroom, homes, and communities; places where youth can make a difference year round.

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