In the face of pervasive bad news and pessimism about the state of global affairs, these youngsters were given permission to skip school and attend the event in exchange for their commitment to affect positive change at home and abroad.
Brothers Craig and Marc Kielburger, co-founders of the non-profit group Free the Children, which organizes WE Day, kicked off the show to deafening cheers.
“When we connect, the world hears you. In fact, the world hears you now,” said Craig to cheers and applause.
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