An estimated 16,000 Los Angeles students celebrated the many ways that young people can make a difference in the world at WE Day California, an event held April 7 at the Forum in Inglewood.

The day-long event was sponsored by City National Bank and Royal Bank of Canada, in association with Free The Children, an international charity and youth empowerment movement founded in 1995.

"WE Day is a powerful movement that unites people around the world to create impact for a greater good," said Charlize Theron, Academy® Award-winning actress and founder of Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project. The actress served as honorary co-chair of WE Day California.

  • The event encourages youth to become “change agents” for good.
  • It reinforces a year-long "Living WE at School" curriculum that focuses on students developing a deeper interest in, and an understanding of, global issues.

An estimated 20,000 people attended WE Day California, including students from 550 Los Angeles-area schools, who made up the majority of the crowd. Celebrities who attended included Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Seth Rogen, Big Sean, Zooey Deschanel, Martin Sheen, Henry Winkler, Paula Abdul, Joe Jonas and Rico and Raini Rodriguez, among many others.

Approximately 60 City National colleagues and friends played vital roles as volunteers at the event, which will be televised in an ABC special scheduled to air on Aug. 28.

If you know a motivated 13- to 17-year-old and want to learn more about how they can be empowered to make an impact and take the WE Day pledge, visit