COURTESY OF WE DAY

WHAT:

On Tuesday, Oct. 14, 600 students from schools across Chicagoland will gather at Farragut Career Academy for an exciting school assembly to announce the world’s largest youth empowerment event, We Day, and educational program, We Act, are coming to Illinois for the first time.  On April 30, 2015 in partnership with Title sponsor Allstate Insurance Company, We Day Illinois will pack the Allstate Arena with 15,000 students and teachers from 500 schools in an inspirational setting to celebrate the commitment they have made to take action on pressing local and global issues.

WHO:

Inspirational speeches from human rights advocate and eldest son of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,Martin Luther King III, filmmaker, producer and grandson of Nelson Mandela, Kweku Mandela and Me to We motivational speaker and double-amputee, Spencer West, who inspired the world climbing Mount Kilimanjaro on his hands and in his wheelchair. International activist and We Day co-founder, Craig Kielburger, along with We Day Illinois Co-Chair and Allstate Chairman, President and CEO ,Tom Wilson will unveil the plans for We Day Illinois, talk about how students can get involved and share their commitment to making We Day and We Act available to middle and high school students across the state. Students will also hear from the Chicago Bears and from their peers who are already taking action in their communities on causes they care about.

WHEN:

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Media registration opens

9:00 a.m.

Event begins

10:00 a.m.

Event ends

Photo/interview opportunities

11:00 a.m.

11:15 a.m.

WHERE:

Farragut Career Academy

2345 South Christiana Ave

Chicago, IL, 60623

Farragut Career Academy is already taking action to earn their ticket to We Day, by running the Community Peacemakers program through DePaul University, organizing a Teens for Jeans event to collect jeans for homeless youth, and raising money for a local animal shelter.  

Media will have access to:

  • Photos of the event and an epic audience photo opportunity with special guest speakers
  • Interview opportunities with guest speakers, including Tom Wilson and Craig Kielburger
  • Opportunity to speak directly to students and teachers from the local Chicago community who are already involved in the We Act program and hear about the actions they are taking to earn their tickets to We Day Illinois
  • NOTE: Audio feeds will be available to plug in to, as no permitted. Please bring an XLR cable. 

Registration for the We Act program is open for students and teachers across Illinois atwww.weday.com/Illinois.

For further information on We Day please visit www.weday.com/press. For additional resources including photos, b-roll and background information specific to We Day Illinois click here.