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WE Day celebrates Minnesota students trying to change the world

Ann Curry, Margaret Trudeau, and other celebrities are attending the event.
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When young people come together, they can change the world.

That's the focus behind an educational initiative called WE Schools, which challenges students to identify the local and global issues that spark their passion and empowers them with the tools to take action.

Through the program, students participate in action-based campaigns – which could be anything from raising awareness about the damaging effects of cyberbullying, to hosting a fundraiser to help youth in developing nations gain access to health care.

Thousands of Minnesota students and teachers participated in the program this year, and they'll be celebrated at a star-studded event coming to the Xcel Energy Center.

WE Day 

The event is a mix of entertainment, education, and pep rally for middle school and high school students, to inspire them to create change in their communities and make the world a better place. 

It features celebrity speakers (Chelsea Clinton, Magic Johnson, and Martin Sheen came here in previous years) renowned performers, and global thought leaders.

This year, WE Day Minnesota will host 18,000 youth and educators at the stadium on Nov. 8, according to a news release.

Speakers and performers for the Xcel event were just announced Thursday. They include former NBC News reporter Ann Curry, Canada's former first lady Margaret Trudeau, singers Grace VanderWaal and Jessie Reyez, and YouTube star JoJo Siwa.

Students can’t buy a ticket for We Day – they earn it through service. Schools and groups take on one local and one global action to earn their way.

“WE Day is a community of young people who aren’t afraid to dream big and support each other as they work together to make the world a kinder and more loving place,” Grace VanderWaal, the 2016 winner of America’s Got Talent, said in the release. “I’m excited to join 18,000 of my peers at WE Day Minnesota-we may be young, but we’re a force for good and will keep making a difference.”

International activists and WE co-founders, Craig and Marc Kielburger, will also be there to co-host the show.

For more about WE Day, click here.

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