It's part global awareness, part motivational speech and part concert -- and after Gov. Mark Dayton officially declared Tuesday to be "We Day," St. Paul hosted the second U.S. event for volunteers.
We Day began in Canada just a few years ago with the goal of changing the mindset of a generation and then changing the world by inspiring young people to get involved in their communities and make a difference across the globe.
No one could buy a ticket to get into the Xcel Energy Center, but about 18,000 students from 400 Minnesota schools earned their way by volunteering in both a local and global way.
Once inside, the line-up of speakers included everyone from Dayton, the Jonas Brothers, Barbara Pierce Bush, Viking Blair Watsh and Jack Jablonski. Topics ranged from global hunger to sex trafficking and battling bullying.
"There is really no other agenda than trying to help other people and encourage young people to help people," Joe Jonas said. "That's the beautiful thing about this."
Various corporate sponsors have now promised to help schools keep the We Day efforts going for the next year.
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