Today, 16,000 youth from across California came together at The “Fabulous” Forum in Inglewood for WE Day, a youth empowerment event that celebrates everyday heroes and proves no one is too young to change the world.
WE Day California was hosted by actress and multi-platinum recording artist Selena Gomez and featured speeches and performances by Laila Ali, Rowan Blanchard, Alessia Cara, Sabrina Carpenter, Sofia Carson, Auli’i Cravalho, Lily Collins, Laverne Cox, Bryan Cranston, Josh Gad, Tyrese Gibson, Evan Goldberg, Winnie Harlow, Jessie J, Alicia Keys, DJ Khaled, Demi Lovato, Shay Mitchell, Miss Piggy along with other Muppets including Fozzie Bear and Statler and Waldorf, Emeli Sandé, Lilly Singh, Lizzie Velasquez and more.
WE Day California, made possible by Co-Title Sponsors The Allstate Foundation and Unilever, paired a star-studded lineup with international activists and WE co-founders, Craig and Marc Kielburger. Together, they energized the crowd with unforgettable performances and motivational speeches to inspire youth to continue taking action on local and global societal issues such as bullying, clean water and poverty.
“The young people here today at WE Day California are proof that everyone has the power to create change,” said six-time GRAMMY® nominee, author, producer, philanthropist and internationally renowned film star, Tyrese Gibson. “I hope that by sharing words of encouragement from the WE Day stage and through the work of #TheLoveCircleFoundation, I can help these students to keep making a positive impact—because I want my daughter, and kids everywhere, to grow up in a world of respect, equality and love.”
Global motivational speaker, anti-bullying activist, social media personality, author, & host of Unzipped with Lizzie Velasquez, Lizzie Velasquez, shared her story of facing bullying and the importance of focusing on self-confidence.
Award winning singer and songwriter, Alessia Cara, got the crowd on their feet with a performance of her hit song “Wild Thing,” accompanied by International Sensation STOMP and Boogie Zone Dancers
Actor and Entertainer, Josh Gad, World’s Funniest Stand-Up Comic Bear, Fozzie Bear, and Professional Hecklers, Statler and Waldorf, learned an important lesson about bullying.
Check out more highlights from the event on WE Day’s official website WE.org.