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Craig Kielburger Co-Founder Free The Children, Me to We and We Day
Craig Kielburger is an internationally acclaimed speaker, social entrepreneur and New York Times bestselling author. He is the co-founder of a family of organizations dedicated to shifting the world from ‘me’ to ‘we.’
In 1995 at 12 years of age he co-founded Free The Children. Today, he remains a full-time volunteer for the organization. What began as a group of kids working out of a garage now has more than 2.3 million young people annually involved in its programs.
Free The Children works in eight developing countries, providing a holistic and sustainable development model, including education, clean water, health care, food security, and alternative income programs. The organization has built over 650 schools and school rooms, and provided permanent sources of clean water to more than one million beneficiaries.
In North America and the United Kingdom, We Act & We Day provide comprehensive service learning programs to 10,000 schools. Every year 200,000 students earn their free ticket through service projects to attend 14 We Day stadium celebrations. The event brings together some of the world’s greatest icons of social change and celebrities such as Elie Wiesel, Archbishop Tutu, Malala Yousafzai, Sir Richard Branson, Prince Harry, Jennifer Hudson, Demi Lovato, Jennifer Lopez and Magic Johnson.
Alongside his brother Marc, Craig is also the co-founder of Me to We, an innovative social enterprise that seeks to support the work of Free The Children by providing socially conscious products and experiences. It employs over 1,200 artisan women in developing countries, who produce Me to We products available in thousands of stores. The social enterprise also operates international volunteer hosting programs, welcoming youth, families, and corporate clients such as KPMG and Virgin Atlantic.
Craig has published 12 books, and he and his brother Marc co-author three weekly syndicated columns on global affairs and socially conscious living printed in over thirty newspapers.
Craig holds a degree in peace and conflict studies from the University of Toronto and is the youngest-ever graduate of the Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA program. Voted by Canadians in a Reader’s Digest poll to be one of Canada’s most trusted influencers, he holds 16 honorary doctorates and degrees, and has received the Order of Canada, the Roosevelt Freedom From Fear Medal, and the World Children’s Prize for the Rights of the Child.
Craig’s work has been featured with multiple appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show and 60 Minutes, as well as in National Geographic, TIME, Reader's Digest and The Economist. He’s also been a panelist on CBC’s Canada Reads.