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ImpactAVillage and Free The Children introduce volunteering program in Greater-Sacramento area
ImpactAVillage and Free The Children introduce volunteering program in Greater-Sacramento area

Free The Children, an international charity and education partner, is proud to introduce the We Act program to local schools in the Greater-Sacramento region. On Wednesday, January 21 at 7 p.m., Craig Kielburger, co-founder of Free The Children, will speak in Granite Bay at an event hosted by ImpactAVillage about We Act, an educational program that empowers young people to become active local, national and global citizens.

Craig Kielburger and his brother Marc founded Free The Children with the goal to empower youth to change the world. For more than two decades Craig has visited countries all over the world making positive changes one project at a time. Both brothers are New York Times best selling authors and have appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN and 60 Minutes. Free The Children, an international charity and education partner, is proud to introduce the We Act program to local schools in the Greater-Sacramento region. On Wednesday, January 21 at 7 p.m., Craig Kielburger, co-founder of Free The Children, will speak in Granite Bay at an event hosted by ImpactAVillage about We Act, an educational program that empowers young people to become active local, national and global citizens.

“We are thrilled to see the We Act program expand into the Greater-Sacramento area,” said Craig Kielburger, co-founder of Free The Children. “Since 2007, youth involved in We Act have achieved remarkable social change raising $45 million and volunteering 14.6 million hours for more than 1,000 local and global causes. I can’t wait to see the impact the students across the Greater-Sacramento area will achieve.

Lisa Wade, President of  ImpactAVIllage, a non-profit in the greater-Sacramento region, will talk about the organization’s goal to inspire children to be active participants in changing the world. There will also be a representative from St. Michael’s Episcopal Day School in Carmichael to share information about how the program works with its students.

The event will also feature two refugees from South Sudan. Deng Jongkuch is a former Lost Boy of Sudan and an ImpactAVillage board member. Deng was also a speaker at the 2014 We Day summit where he made a lasting impact on students as he told his story. 

"When the students had finished the day at the summit they all agreed that their favorite part was meeting Deng and learning about his story," said Melissa Navarrete of Columbia Middle School. "They were very anxious to come back to school and share his story with the rest of our group." 

Activist and model Mari Malek will also be in attendance. She is a former Lost Girl of Sudan and was recently in The Good Lie a movie about the Lost Boys of Sudan starring Reese Witherspoon.

We Act is a comprehensive service-learning program that empowers a generation to care about local and global issues. The program provides the practical tools needed to turn that inspiration into at least one local and one global action to benefit the issues and causes that youth care about. Designed to enhance a school’s existing service-learning initiatives or to spark new ones, We Act transforms school communities through positive changes in student behavior, heightened engagement and the belief that it’s cool to care.

For more information on the We Act program, visit www.weday.com/weact Educators, parents and students 3rd grade and older are encouraged to attend the event. Please RSVP to Lisa at lisafwade@gmail.com to reserve your spot