Craig and Marc Kielburger are social entrepreneurs, New York Times bestselling authors, syndicated columnists and renowned human rights activists. They are co-founders of Free The Children, an international charity and educational partner that empowers youth to achieve their fullest potential as agents of change.
The world’s largest youth-driven charity, Free The Children works in eight developing countries and has built more than 650 schools and school rooms, providing education to more than 55,000 children every day. The organization also delivers innovative programming to more than 6,000 groups and hundreds of thousands of young people in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom.
As part of its domestic programming, Free The Children empowers young people through its signature event, We Day, which has engaged 278,000 attendees at live events since 2007, and reached more than 5.7 million viewers through televised broadcasts. We Day, which is now in the U.S. and, in 2014, will be in the UK, has more than 3.3 million “likes,” making it one of the largest charitable causes on Facebook.
Marc and Craig are also the co-founders and co-CEOs of Me to We. An innovative social enterprise, Me to We provides people with better choices for a better world, including socially conscious and environmentally friendly clothes and accessories, as well as life-changing international volunteer trips, leadership training programs and materials, a speakers’ bureau and books that address issues of positive social change. In addition, half of Me to We’s net profit is donated to Free The Children, while the other half is reinvested to grow the enterprise and its social mission.
Craig and Marc have authored more than a dozen books between them. They have shared the stage with heads of state, celebrities, rock bands, actors, pop icons, and Nobel Peace laureates, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, former president Bill Clinton, former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Sir Richard Branson and many more.
Marc is the recipient of many honours, including the Order of Canada, and was selected by the World Economic Forum as one of 250 Young Global Leaders. Craig has received 13 honourary doctorates and degrees, as well as the Order of Canada, the Roosevelt Freedom Medal, and the World Children’s Prize for the Rights of the Child in recognition of his contributions. Their work has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, 60 Minutes, CNN, National Geographic, TIME, and The Economist.
In 2004, Marc Kielburger (aged 27), became the youngest person to be selected as one of Canada’s "Top 40 Leaders Under 40" and in 2006, at age 23, his brother Craig Kielburger beat this record and became the youngest person to be selected as one of Canada's "Top 40 Leaders Under 40".