What do 22 Seattle Aquarium youth volunteers, MC Hammer, Martin Sheen, Kid President and Macklemore all have in common (besides a great fashion sense, that is)? All could be found at the Key Arena on March 27 for the first ever We Day in the United States. We Day celebrates youth's ability to change the world through service.
Nearly 15,000 youth from across Washington earned their admission to We Day by volunteering, raising money, or through other forms of service both locally and globally. To earn their tickets, youth volunteers at the Seattle Aquarium have been busy interpreting to the public, planning "An Hour for the Ocean" on World Ocean Day, and raising money via their face painting station for a yet-to-be-determined international conservation cause. Since January 1, youth volunteers have already recorded over 5,000 hours of service and have raised approximately $3,000.
We Day featured inspirational stories from people who are actively working to make a difference, as well as an impressive lineup of celebrities and performers. Our youth volunteers left the event feeling excited and inspired to continue their hard work on behalf of the Seattle Aquarium and the Puget Sound: We Love You campaign. Nearly every one of our 22 youth reported that their favorite speakers were those that were making a difference, as opposed to the celebrities in attendance. They're excited to share their experience at We Day with friends, family and fellow volunteers and continue to fulfill our mission of Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment.