Craig Kielburger co-founded Free The Children in 1995 at only 12 years of age. Today, he remains a passionate full-time volunteer for the organization, now an international charity and renowned educational partner that empowers youth to achieve their fullest potential as agents of change.
Free The Children delivers innovative programming to more than 6,000 youth groups and hundreds of thousands of young people in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. As the world’s largest network of children helping children through education, the organization has worked in over 40 countries and built more than 650 schools and school rooms in developing regions, providing education to more than 55,000 children every day.
Every year, Kielburger and his brother Marc organize We Day, Free The Children’s signature domestic event that reaches 160,000 students from 4,000 schools in person and more than 5.7 million through televised broadcasts. We Day has 3.7 million likes on Facebook, making it one of the largest charitable causes in the world.
Kielburger is a New York Times bestselling author who has written nine books. His latest is Living Me to We: The Guide for Socially Conscious Canadians.
Kielburger has a degree in peace and conflict studies from the University of Toronto and is the youngest-ever graduate of the Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA program. He has received 15 honorary doctorates and degrees, The Roosevelt Freedom Medal, The World Children’s Prize for the Rights of the Child, and is one of the youngest recipients of The Order of Canada. Kielburger’s work has been featured on multiple appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, 60 Minutes, Piers Morgan Live and The Today Show; and in People, Time and The Economist.