Darren Criss, Zooey Deschanel & More Join All-Star WE Day Line Up
Announced today, New Girl's Zooey Deschanel, Hannah Simone, Lamorne Morris and Max Greenfield, Joe Jonas, Darren Criss, Ian Somerhalder, Nikki Reed, Jordan Smith, Olivia Holt, Bridgit Mendler, Revelation Avenue, Beatrice York, Nico & Vinz, Jazz Jennings and more will be joining Charlize Theron, Demi Lovato, Seth Rogen, Selena Gomez, Tyrese Gibson, Kermit the Frog along with other Muppets, Big Sean and other previously announced presenters, speakers and performers for WE Day California on April 7, 2016 at the "Fabulous" Forum.WE Day, a powerful series of educational events that combines the energy of a live concert with the inspiration of extraordinary stories of leadership and change, alongside Co-Title Sponsors Microsoft Philanthropies, Allstate and Unilever will bring together 16,000 students and educators in an inspirational setting, celebrating the commitment they have made to take action on local and global causes they care about. "WE Day is an incredible platform for thousands of young people to realize their potential," said actor and musician, Darren Criss. "The enthusiasm they share for creating change in the world is something I'm proud to be joining alongside of." More than a one-day event, WE Day is connected to the yearlong WE Schools program, which provides hands-on, student-led campaigns designed to enhance a school's existing social initiatives or to spark new ones. WE Schools helps young people turn the day's inspiration into sustained action. By taking action on one local and one global cause, students are equipped with the tools to succeed academically, in the working world and as active citizens. Together, WE Day and WE Schools are a blueprint for building the next generation of change-makers. A global movement of 2.3 million young people strong, youth involved with WE Day and WE Schools have raised $62 million for more than 2,500 local and global organizations, volunteered 19.9 million hours for local and global causes and collected over 7.6 million pounds of food.
The full list of speakers, performers and presenters, in alphabetical order, announced to date includes: · Paula Abdul (@PaulaAbdul) - American singer-songwriter, dancer, choreographer, actress and television personality · Big Sean (@BigSean) - Multi-platinum, GRAMMY® nominated hip hop recording artist · Rowan Blanchard (@rowblanchard) - Actress and activist from the hit series Girl Meets World · Christian Burgos - Anti-gun violence speaker · Sabrina Carpenter (@SabrinaAnnLynn) - Singer, songwriter and actress from the hit series Girl Meets World · Darren Criss (@DarrenCriss) - Actor, singer, songwriter and musician · Zooey Deschanel (@ZooeyDeschanel) - Actress, singer, songwriter, producer and founder of Hello Giggles · DJ Amara (@djamaramusic) - Official WE Day California DJ · Gracie Doran - Dancer and anti-bullying/inclusion activist · Jordan Fisher (@Jordan_Fisher) - Actor and recording artist with Hollywood Records · David Foster (@officialdfoster) - Multi award-winning record producer, musician, composer and performer · Reilly FOX (@reilly_fox) - Kick Like a Girl speaker · Connor Franta (@ConnorFranta) - Entrepreneur, author, and digital influencer · Tyrese Gibson (@Tyrese) - Six-time GRAMMY® nominee, author, producer, philanthropist and internationally renowned film star · Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) - Actress, multi-platinum recording artist and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador · Max Greenfield (@iamgreenfield) - Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actor from NEW GIRL and Hello, My Name is Doris · Yash Gupta (@SightLearning) - Founder of Sight Learning · Corinne Hindes and Katrine Kirsebom (@WarmWintersOrg) - Founders of Warm Winters · Olivia Holt (@olivia_holt) - Singer and actress · Jazz Jennings (@JazzJennings__) - Transgender teen, star of I AM JAZZ on TLC, Youtube personality, author and LGBTQ rights activist · Joe Jonas (@joejonas) - DNCE lead singer and GRAMMY®-nominated recording artist · Kardinal Offishall (@KardinalO) - Award-winning rap artist, music producer and Free The Children ambassador · Kermit the Frog along with other Muppets (@KermitTheFrog) (@TheMuppets) · Craig and Marc Kielburger (@craigkielburger) - Co-founders of WE Day · Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) - Singer, songwriter & philanthropist · Austin Martin (@rhymeswreason) - Founder of Rhymes with Reason and Brown University Student · George McGraw (@digdeeph20) - Founder and Executive Director of DIGDEEP Water · Bridgit Mendler (@bridgitmendler) - Actress, singer and songwriter · Millennium Dance Complex (@DanceMillennium) - Los Angeles based premiere dance studio · Elliot Miville-Deschênes (@ElliotMD25) - Actor, singer and activist · Lamorne Morris (LamorneMorris) - Actor from the hit series the NEW GIRL and the upcoming film Barbershop 3 · Ashley Murphy (@AshleyRose_FTC) - ME to WE speaker and advocate for HIV/AIDS initiatives · Nico & Vinz (@NicoandVinz) - Musical duo, Nico Sereba and Vinz Dery · Maya Penn (@MayasIdeasShop) - CEO of Maya's Ideas · Nikki Reed (@NikkiReed_I_Am) - Award-winning actress, producer and writer · Revelation Avenue (@revelationave) - Britain's Got Talent stars · Rico Rodriguez (@starringRico) - Actor from the hit television series Modern Family · Raini Rodriguez (@Raini_Rodriguez) - Singer and actress on Disney® Channel's Austin & Ally · Seth Rogen & Lauren Miller Rogen (@Sethrogen) (@IamLaurenMiller) - Actors, writers and co-founder of Hilarity for Charity · Martin Sheen - Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award-winning actor and activist · Hannah Simone (@HannahSimone) - Actress from the hit television series New Girl · Lilly Singh (@IISuperwomanII) - Comedian, actress and Youtube entertainer · Jordan Smith (@JordanSmithLive) - Republic Records artist and winner of The Voice · Ian Somerhalder (@iansomerhalder) - Actor, director and Founder of the Ian Somerhalder Foundation · Amandla Stenberg (@amandlastenberg) - American actress, activist & artist · Charlize Theron (@CharlizeAfrica) - Academy® Award-winning actress and Founder of Charlize Theron AFRICA Outreach Project and Honorary Co-Chair of WE Day California · Xiuhtezcatl Tonatiuh (@earthguardianz) - Youth Director of Earth Guardians · Jacob Tremblay (@JacobTremblay) - Nine-year-old, multi-award winning actor · Spencer West (@spencer2thewest) - ME to WE motivational speaker, Free The Children ambassador and author · Henry Winkler (@hwinkler4real) - Actor, director, producer and author · Beatrice York (@yorkiebea) · Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles at the Heart of Los Angeles
WE Day is an inspirational event like no other, bringing together like-minded individuals and providing a platform for youth to learn about some of today's most pressing issues. WE Day celebrates and inspires this generation's shift from me to we-towards acting with intention, leading with compassion, and a BELIEF in the power of community. Taking the philanthropic world by storm each school year with 14 stadium-sized events in the U.S., Canada and the U.K., WE Day is one of the world's largest non-profit initiatives on social media, with more than five million followers. In the 2014/2015 school year, students and TEACHERS from across California participated in remarkable social change. Over 224,000 youth were inspired to take steps to improve the world through WE Day's yearlong educational program, WE Schools; raising more than $968,500 in support of local and global organizations. You can't buy a ticket to WE Day-students earn their way by the actions they take on one local and one global cause of their choice. WE Day is free of charge to the thousands of students and TEACHERS in attendance at the event and statewide, thanks to the generous support of partners led by Co-Title Sponsors, Microsoft Philanthropies, Allstate and Unilever. As supporters of WE Day California, Microsoft Philanthropies is proud to empower young people-in California and around the world-to achieve more through its YouthSpark initiative; Allstate emboldens future generations with the strength, confidence and skills to rise up as leaders and realize their full potential-and to show the world that good starts young; and Unilever is committed to creating a bright future for tomorrow's leaders by encouraging everyone to take small steps toward making sustainable living commonplace. WE Day is supported in Los Angeles by Southern California Co-Chairs Stephanie Argyros, President and CEO, Argyros Group and Jeff Skoll, Founder and Chairman, Participant Media, and Chairman of the Skoll Foundation. WE Day California launched in 2014 in Oakland, and continued in 2015 in San Jose, supported by Co-Chairs Gavin Newsom, Lieutenant Governor of California; and Jennifer Siebel Newsom, filmmaker and philanthropist.
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About the WE Day Movement
WE Day is the movement of our time-a movement of young people leading local and global change. WE Day celebrates and inspires this generation's shift from me to we-towards acting with intention, leading with compassion, and a BELIEF in the power of community. WE Day is one of the world's largest registered non-profit initiatives on social media, with more than five million followers. This year alone over 200,000 young people will come together in 14 stadium gatherings across the U.S., Canada and the U.K. to take part in this unprecedented educational initiative.
More than a one-day event, WE Day is connected to a yearlong free educational program, WE Schools, which provides educational resources and campaigns to help young people turn the day's inspiration into sustained action. WE Day and WE Schools are cause inclusive, empowering young people to find their passion and create the change they want to see. Together WE Day and WE Schools are a blueprint for building the next generation of global change-makers. For more information, please visit www.we.org.