Hollywood stars Seth Rogen, Orlando Bloom, Selena Gomez rolled out the red carpet for 16k youth at the first We Day California on Wednesday at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. This special #WeDay event was hosted by Free The Children, and everyone earned their ticket by doing one local and one global community service project. To take you there, enjoy our 4 videos and inspirational quotes from the stars.
It was also exciting to see Magic Johnson, Martin Sheen, Big Sean, Reggie Watts (so funny!), Laila Ali (Muhammed Ali's daughter), Spencer West, Oakland Raiders, Jeff Skoll (Skoll Foundation) and GRAMMY nominated hip hop artist J Cole thank the audience for their global contributions. To feel the excitement, watch our videos of the stars at We Day on stage and backstage:
Martin Sheen backstage at We Day California
Along with songs, glow lights, dancing and cheers, there were many inspirational speeches and quotes from the stars:
Make sure you love yourself, because if you love yourself, then you can love somebody else, that's very important. ~ Magic Johnson
When I was your age and I was in school, I used to get in trouble because I could fight, but I used to fight for people who got bullied and couldn't fight for themselves. I was the first person to take off my earrings and get down in the dirt if I had too. Some people thought that was a mistake....I feel like that's exactly what I had to go thru to get where I am today ~ Laila Ali (TV Host and Muhammed Ali’s daughter)
There are moments in your life that can make you or break you or change you, forcing you to reevaluate. These moments often come in different shapes and sizes. ~ Orlando Bloom
One heart with courage is a majority. ~ Martin Sheen
There were also YouthSpark Reporters and speakers in the press room with us covering the event, including Jaagriti Sharma from San Diego, CA. They’re part of Microsoft’s companywide initiative to create opportunities for 300 million youth around the world by 2015. Through partnerships with governments, nonprofits, and businesses, the program aims to “empower youth to imagine and realize their full potential by connecting them with greater opportunities for education, employment and entrepreneurship.”
As the founder of the Goody Awards, we were even more inspired by our second We Day. We encourage you to support Free The Children’s “Year of Education” goal to build 200 schools in India and Kenya. We Day is not only a celebration of youth making a difference in the US, but a global movement for good. Youth can partner with students abroad to help bridge the global education and economic gaps, and even take Free The Children trips to build schools.
And lastly, BIG thanks to the sponsors, including Microsoft, Allstate Foundation and Unilever project sunlight, who made it possible for Free The Children’s first We Day California to be free for all attendees. To join this movement, follow all the news on Twitter @WeDay #WeDay. It’s all good!
© Liz H Kelly, National Digital Entertainment Columnist and Goody Awards Founder