WE Day, the world’s largest youth empowerment event, announced today the initial lineup of powerful speakers and performers attending WE Day Illinois on April 25, 2018, at The Allstate Arena.
Alongside title sponsor The Allstate Foundation and other sponsors, WE Day Illinois brings together 15,000 local youth who have made a difference in their communities for a life-changing experience celebrating the power of social change.
Now in its fourth year, WE Day Illinois will bring together speakers, presenters and performers including Rasheda Ali, Ally Brooke, Celebrity Marauders, Lonnie Chavis, Monique Coleman, GRAMMY Award winner Daya, Jordan Fisher, Chris Gardner, Former Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard, Anthony Gonzalez, Laurie Hernandez, Jack & Jack, Skai Jackson, Kenyan Boys Choir, Jason Mayden, Johnny Orlando, Jenna Ortega, Dr. Jacqueline Sanderlin, Becky Savage, Myreanna Smith, Esera Tuaolo, Margaret Trudeau, Cleo Wade, Spencer West and more. This dynamic lineup will join international activists and WE co-founders, Marc and Craig Kielburger as they share their passion for change, energize the crowd and motivate young people to continue to take action on pressing issues and make positive change in their communities.
“In every community in our country, young people are working to make the world better. We must encourage and support them to pursue their ideas and to believe in themselves,” said Tom Wilson, WE Day Illinois Co-Chair and Allstate’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “WE Day celebrates the 214,000 Illinois youth who make a difference through the WE Schools program.”
WE Day Illinois brings together students and educators from over 500 schools across the state, with more than half of attendees coming from Chicago Public Schools.
“I’m so excited to return to the WE Day stage in Illinois! This is my fifth WE Day and it’s always amazing to see young people support each other as they work together to make a real difference in the world,” said Jordan Fisher, actor, recording artist and recent champion of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. “Big or small, these kids are following their dreams and I’m proud to be part of a day that celebrates their hard work.”