Walgreens one of title sponsors for first-ever WE Day in New York City

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Walgreens one of title sponsors for first-ever WE Day in New York City

By Michael Johnsen - 02/15/2017

NEW YORK — Walgreens joins Allstate, Unilever and Microsoft in supporting the first-ever WE Day for New York City, the companies announced Wednesday.

WE Day, a series of life-changing stadium-sized events that take place around the world to celebrate the power of community service, announced its expansion to the tri-state area this spring. WE Day New York Welcome will take place on April 6 at Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan.  

WE Day New York Welcome is expected to unite more than 6,000 students and educators, alongside inspirational speakers and world-renowned performers, to celebrate their commitment to taking action on issues in their own backyard and global causes that they care about.

"When young people are given the tools, resources and inspiration to take action on issues they care about, they have the confidence and power to change the world," stated Craig Kielburger, co-founder of WE. "Thanks to the support of our Co-Title Sponsors, The Allstate Foundation, Unilever, Walgreens and Microsoft, WE is excited to bring WE Day to New York and celebrate the incredible actions that students from across the tri-state area are taking to make a difference not only in their own communities, but across the country and around the world."

Walgreens community development efforts focus on a variety of areas including allowing young people the opportunity to reach their full potential wherever they are in the world.

Organizations that give back to their communities help empower young people and support them on their journey to create impactful action and become lifelong world-changers. The continued commitment and contributions from these partners has aided in expanding the reach of WE programs both at home and overseas—offering support, resources and inspiration for young people to become leaders of tomorrow.

In a 2015 study, current and former WE Schools participants were 2.5 times more likely to have a long term commitment to a social cause, 2.3 times more likely to use their professional skills to solve social problems and 1.2 times more likely to report that they had voted in the prior election than their non-participant peers. A global movement of 2.4 million young people strong, youth involved in the WE Movement have raised $79 million for more than 6,500 local and global organizations, volunteered 27.6 million hours for local and global causes and collected over 9.8 million pounds of food through service learning programs and campaigns.

WE Day NY Welcome will be followed in the evening by WE Day NY Welcome: Friends & Family. The evening show will provide a unique opportunity for friends, families and community partners come together for a special WE Day experience.  

The initial lineup of speakers and performers for WE Day New York Welcome and WE Day NY Welcome: Friends & Family will be released on March 14, 2017.