“I had such an amazing morning at my first WE Day!!! It’s so obvious that the students from across California have committed so much of their time and energy into making the world a better place,” said Academy Award nominated actress and multi platinum recording artist, Hailee Steinfeld.
“It’s truly inspiring to see this amazing group of young people join together to celebrate doing good and making a change.”
Speakers and performers at WE Day California energized and inspired the crowd through a day filled with powerful educational speeches, memorable moments and empowering performances. A few must-see highlights included: Academy award-winning actress, Natalie Portman took the stage to address her involvement with TIME’S UP and the importance of putting an end to harassment and inequality. “Tonight, we’re working together to make an impact, but what exactly does that mean? For me, it means finding the courage inside yourself, to call out injustice wherever you see it and practice empathy throughout your day, everyday. I want to make an impact by helping empower women and girls. Yes many of you are doing the same. It’s why I traveled to Kenya to support girls’ education with WE and it’s why I advocate for women’s rights in the workplace with Time’s Up. Because when you invest in women and girls, it transforms communities.”
GRAMMY® Award-winning singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, Meghan Trainor performs fan favorites Treat Myself and No excuses.
Co-creator of awareness campaign ‘Come Say Hi to Eli’ and EB Advocate, Eli Meyer shares his story of perseverance with the students at WE Day and is joined by Jill Vedder for a special surprise video from Eddie Vedder. Eddie and Jill Vedder are two of the founders of the EB. Research Partnership – the largest nonprofit dedicated to funding research aimed at treating and ultimately curing Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB).
More than a one-day event, WE Day is connected to the free, yearlong program WE Schools. Designed to enhance a school or community’s existing social initiatives or spark new ones, WE Schools provides participants with curriculum, educational resources and action campaigns, encouraging students to further their curricular learning and develop life skills to succeed beyond the classroom. In the 2017/2018 school year, over 1260 schools and school groups across California improved the world through WE Schools, volunteering over 1.4 million hours and raising more than $1,000,000 in support of over 660 global and local causes including bringing awareness to homelessness, food security, LGBTQ2+ rights, access to education, access to clean water in oversees communities and environmental issues.