Neil Patrick Harris, Mahershala Ali, Chance The Rapper, Selena Gomez, Natalie Portman & more celebrate young people doing good at WE Day California

(Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for WE Day)

Last week, WE Day, the greatest celebration of social good, returned to the “Fabulous” Forum in celebration of over 16,000 students and educators committed to making a difference.

Coming together from across California, they shared in a day of inspiration with renowned speakers, innovative thought leaders and dynamic performers including, host Neil Patrick Harris, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Mahershala Ali, Naomi Campbell, Chance The Rapper, Nina Dobrev, Selena Gomez, Joe Jonas, Bill Nye, Natalie Portman, Hailee Steinfeld, Pentatonix, Meghan Trainor and more.

(Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for WE Day)

Joined by WE co-founders Craig Kielburger and Marc Kielburger the exciting line-up celebrated their collective passion for doing good, motivating young people to continue to take action on pressing issues to affect positive change at home in the U.S. and around the world. WE Day is free of charge to students and educators across the U.S. thanks to the generous support of sponsors led by National Co-Title Sponsor The Allstate Foundation and Co-Title Sponsor Unilever.

(Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for WE Day)

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.
  • 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).
(Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for WE Day)

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.

(Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for WE Day)

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.

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