School and Educational Programming

Students sitting in a classroom

We work as educational partners with school boards, schools, teachers, families and youth, providing an array of services that educate, engage and empower young people as agents of change. Regardless of a young person’s age, abilities or interests, we have a way to capture their attention and encourage their participation.

We Act program

We Act (formerly We Schools in Action) is a comprehensive service learning program that empowers a generation to care about local and global issues. The program, which includes We Day and Free The Children campaigns, provides the practical tools needed to turn that inspiration into at least one local and one global action to benefit the issues and causes that youth care about. Designed to enhance a school’s existing service learning initiatives or to spark new ones, We Act transforms school communities through positive changes in student behavior, heightened engagement and the belief that it’s cool to care.

Weekly Curriculum Resources

Our Resource and Curriculum Development team works with teachers and media partners, such as the Vancouver Sun, to create curriculum resources that make world events come alive in elementary, middle, and high school classrooms. More than 7,500 educators from Canada, the US and around the world have signed up to receive the resources for their classrooms.

Aboriginal Programming

In partnership with Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative (MAEI), Free The Children is launching an annual local campaign called We Stand Together. This campaign educates non-Aboriginal youth about Aboriginal culture, history and traditions in Canada.

Motivational Speeches

Our youth leadership team visits schools to deliver motivational speeches to entire student bodies, followed by workshops with student leaders to help them to identify their passions and to create action plans. The motivational speeches inspire and educate students on relevant topics such as volunteerism, social justice issues, bullying and more.

Adobe Youth Voices and GO Local Programs

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Our Adobe Youth Voices (in partnership with the Adobe Foundation) and GO Local programs work with dozens of underserved middle and high schools to promote student voice and action on local issues, empowering them with training, resources and opportunities to build connections and make a difference.

In almost every case, Free The Children is able to offer its programs free of charge thanks to the support of funders who share its belief in the importance of youth citizenship. Where fees are necessary, such as in the case of the Take Action Camp, a summer social issues leadership camp, we are able to provide scholarships to enable any young person to participate, regardless of their circumstances.
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