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Craig Kielburger

Co-Founder, Free The Children, and Co-Founder, Me to We

BIO

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 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.

 

SPEECH TOPICS

Me to We: How One Person Can Make a World of Difference

The World Needs Your Kid: How to Raise (Mentor) Kids Who Care and Contribute