A renowned social entrepreneur, Craig Kielburger co-founded the non-profit organization WE Charity. The organization’s holistic development model, WE Villages, has helped lift one million people out of poverty in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Its WE Schools program provides comprehensive service-learning experiences for schoolchildren, and its WE Day initiative engages 2.4 million youth as change-makers in their communities. While he is a well-known figure in the world of social entrepreneurship, there’s more to this renowned Canadian than just his charity.
Craig Kielburger – Social Entrepreneur
The founder of Free the Children is a Harvard Business School graduate. He started the organization at 13 years old, and his goal was to eliminate child labor throughout the world. Since then, he has gone on to speak at community groups, schools, and churches about the issue of child labor. His efforts have caught the attention of the Ontario Federation of Labour, and his company has been featured on Oprah’s Show, LinkedIn, and even the TED stage.
As a young man, Craig Kielburger was inspired to create his own social movement. He was moved by an article in the New York Times about a Pakistani boy who was murdered for speaking out against child labor. From there, he spent the next decade building a global platform for young people to make a difference. Through his own work, WE Charity is currently working with over 18,000 schools around the world, offering 4.3 million students the chance to make a difference and create a positive impact.