Charlize Theron Named Honorary Co-Chair of Youth Empowerment Event

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Charlize Theron

WE Day California on April 7 will "bring together 16,000 students and educators in an inspirational setting to celebrate the commitment they have made to take action on local and global issues they care about."

Charlize Theron has joined WE Day California, which bills itself as the "world's largest youth empowerment event," as honorary co-chair.

The event, set for April 7 at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., will "bring together 16,000 students and educators in an inspirational setting to celebrate the commitment they have made to take action on local and global issues they care about."

“I believe that everyone has the power within themselves to create change, which is why I’m proud to be a part of WE Day California,” said Theron, who also is the founder of Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project. “The WE Day movement helps young leaders break down social barriers to create real solutions to some of the biggest issues we face today. WE Day supports young people around the world, teaching them that they’re not alone and that collectively they can make an enormous impact in their own backyards, and in communities around the world.”

Alongside Charlize Theron, WE Day is supported in Los Angeles by Southern California founding co-chairs Stephanie Argyros, president and CEO of Argyros Group, and Jeff Skoll, founder and chairman of Participant Media and co-chairman of the Skoll Foundation. WE Day California was launched in 2014 in Oakland, and continued in 2015 in San Jose.

"WE Day California provides students in our own backyards with the opportunity to grow as leaders and learn how to make a positive impact within their communities," said Argyros. "I'm excited to be part of a community, alongside Charlize, that is helping to support the positive impacts young people from across California are making in their communities. As a mother I am proud that my children are a part of the WE Day movement — a movement that encourages them to think big and take action on the world's most pressing issues."

Theron and Tyrese Gibson, who announced the event's move to L.A. in September during a surprise visit to his former high school in Watts, will be joined on the WE Day California stage by many speakers and performers as well as local young people who are making a difference in their communities.

Said Gibson: "I’m proud to be part of the WE Day movement, to inspire and be inspired by the youth leading the change we need to see. Every single person at WE Day has done something to make an impact in their own life and in the lives around them; these young people are standing up and saying, 'I will be the change for a better tomorrow.'"

The full lineup of WE Day California speakers and performers will be announced on March 16. Students across California will earn admittance to the event by taking action on a local and global cause of their choice through the WE Schools program; more than 850 state schools are signed up for the program.

"We believe that every young person has the power to create and lead real change in the world," said Craig Kielburger, co-founder of WE Day. "Youth across America are making their voices heard — last year alone, more than 224,000 students in California gave back to their communities through acts of service. Annually, 200,000 students coast to coast and around the world, from over 10,000 schools, earn their tickets to WE Day through acts of service that not only create tangible benefits within their own communities and around the world, but also demonstrate positive long-term social impacts for the youth involved."

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