Pop superstar and actress Selena Gomez (middle top) will host this year's We Day at Vancouver's Rogers Arena

We Day, host Selena Gomez to rock out Rogers Arena in Vancouver

Over 20,000 students will be in the audience to get inspired over global youth activism at Free the Children's annual motivational concert

We Day touches today at Vancouver’s Rogers Arena this morning.

The concert – taglined as ‘the movement of our time’ by global youth advocacy group Free the Children, which puts on the shows in arenas across North America and the United Kingdom – will be hosted by pop superstar Selena Gomez and will features performances and speeches from do-gooder celebrities like Orlando Bloom, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Nick Jonas, Shawn Mendes, Olympian Siklen Laumann, We Day vets Spencer West and Robin Wiszowaty, and of course the event’s co-founders Marc and Craig Kielburger.

Over 20,000 students and educations from 700 schools around the province (and Yukon and Northwest Territories) will be in the stands at Wednesday’s We Day. The concert is free of charge for all in attendance – seats aren’t earned with cash but by volunteering and doing good, and worthy students are invited by Free the Children every year.

(The event will be live streaming on www.MTV.ca/WeDay tomorrow – October 22, 2014 – starting at 9 a.m. PST.)

Bullet points provided by Free the Children:

  • 98 per cent of participating youth say they believe they can make a difference following their We Day attendance.
  • 80 per cent of We Act alumni report volunteering more than 150 hours each year.
  • Learn how you can get involved with We Day at www.WeDay.com and stay online by: Liking We Day on Facebook, following on Twitter with @WeDay and @CraigKielburger, using the hashtag #WeDay, and following on Instagram at Instagram.com/WeDay.
  • With events in Canada, the U.S. and the UK, over 200,000 young people will come together in stadium gatherings across 14 cities to take part in this unprecedented educational initiative.
  • We Day is connected to the year-long We Act program, which provides educational resources and campaigns to help young people turn the day’s inspiration into sustained action. We Day and We Act are cause inclusive, empowering young people to find their passion and create the change they want to see.
  • We Day is one of the world’s largest charitable causes on Facebook with 3.8 million Likes and over 1,000,000 followers on Twitter.
  • Since 2007, youth involved in We Act have achieved remarkable social change: $45 million raised for more than 1,000 local and global causes; 14.6 million hours volunteered for local and global causes; and 5.6 million pounds of food collected for local food banks.

VIDEO: Selena Gomez speech at We Day California (March 26, 2014)

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