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5 Inspiring Moments from We Day Vancouver

La Carmina | Posted 10.23.2015 | Impact
La Carmina

Last Wednesday, 20,000 primary and secondary school students from all over BC gathered in Rogers Arena. Run by the non-profit Free the Children, We Day is an annual empowerment-fest with presentations by dozens of celebrities. Tickets are free for youths who have made a difference.

We Are the Change

Stanley Hainsworth | Posted 10.13.2015 | Business
Stanley Hainsworth

A few years ago I was introduced to a young man who ended up changing the way I look at the world. His name is Craig Kielberger.

A Conversation With Craig Kielburger

Jade Greear | Posted 08.14.2015 | Education
Jade Greear

Imagine a world where every young person felt a deep sense of ownership and empowerment over social, political, environmental and economic issues from gender equality to poverty.

My journey Started With a Picture, $50, a Goat and a Dream

The Youth Assembly at the United Nations | Posted 10.20.2014 | Impact
The Youth Assembly at the United Nations

I soon learned that anyone (even young people) could make a difference in the lives of others around the world. It all starts by committing to take one action in support of a local or global issue.

Is Social Activism an Underrated Job Skill?

Lisa Brummel | Posted 05.24.2014 | Impact
Lisa Brummel

Should learning to program a mobile app take precedence over diagramming iambic pentameter in Shakespeare's sonnets?

Civic Engagement and the College Campus

Domenick Scudera | Posted 03.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

I was well into my 40's before I started to realize this. I am amazed that these young people are so grounded and insightful at such a young age. Their words are inspiring to me.

Your Start-Up Life: Spreading Positivity With Nelly Furtado

Rana Florida | Posted 02.09.2013 | Impact
Rana Florida

"I always remember that to be critiqued is part of being human; no one can escape it; it's the price you pay for putting your vulnerability on display as a creative person. Failure is very important, as it is inevitability in life. Incredible growth, self-realization and reflection comes from failure."

Children Helping Children

Craig Kielburger | Posted 02.05.2013 | Impact
Craig Kielburger

When we inspire kids and give them all the tools they need to take action, it changes their lives, and through an incredible ripple effect we've seen happen again and again, they can change the world.

How I'm Supporting Women, Girls And Education In Africa, Middle East

Nelly Furtado | Posted 11.29.2011 | Impact
Nelly Furtado

My thoughts immediately went back to a concert I performed as part of a celebration thrown by someone described as an "oil sheik" in Italy in 2007. That night, I met a "son of Gadhafi" who had helped pay for the celebration. I didn't know much about Libya then.

Natalie Portman: 'I Hope You Will Help Me To Support The Education Of Girls'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Golden Globe-winning actress Natalie Portman has teamed with nonprofit organization Free The Children to support education for girls around the world....

Creating a Cycle of Haitians Helping Haitians

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Craig and Marc Kielburger

We found a group of Haitians rebuilding their country in a sustainable, scalable model through decentralization. Unfortunately, foreign aid tends to overlook this in favour of short-term, surface relief.

Airplanes, Indicators and the Countdown to the Millennium Development Goal Deadline

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Sahr Banga used to go to a school with walls made of dung. The community mothers would re-smear them every few months. When the weather warmed to scorching temperatures, they dried, cracked and crumbled.

Schools Sees Beyond Politics When Providing Aid to Pakistan's Flood Victims

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Craig and Marc Kielburger

It's shocking that students can see that flood victims don't have time for posturing while world governments make them wait.

Why a Joke is Better Than a Brick

Craig Kielburger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Craig Kielburger

A good joke holds much more weight than a brick thrown through a window, as peaceful protestors are showing. If G20 leaders get the punch line, maybe they'll actually listen.