16,000 students participate in "We Day"

About 16,000 students from all over California participated in "We Day" at the Oracle Arena in Oakland.
March 26, 2014 10:19:46 PM PDT
About 16,000 students from all over California participated in "We Day" at the Oracle Arena in Oakland. It's the world's largest youth empowerment event of its kind.

We Day had its share of musical acts, after all it was mostly teenagers attending. But it was more than that. "We Day" was a chance for these students to pat themselves on the back for what they've done to change the lives of others.

Jaagriti Sharma is one of the game changers. Two years ago, she started a tutoring service for underserved kids in San Diego.

"We pair with the local library and every week we tutor students, all subjects, all ages," Sharma said.

The event was sponsored by Microsoft, Allstate, and Unilever Project Sunlight.

"They are not bystanders; they want to be part of the future," Unilever spokesperson Gina Boswell said.

Other big names came to encourage the youth to continue doing their local and global causes.

"This is a fun day for you and look at what you have achieved and look at what more you can do," actor Orlando Bloom said.

A word of advice from some of those who have achieved great things in such a short period -- "If you step out of your comfort zone and take a look at the world around you, you can do anything you set your mind to," Angela Chuang said.

The event drew students from more than 400 schools in California.