Craig Kielburger is a social entrepreneur, New York Times best-selling author, and syndicated columnist. He co-founded Free The Children in 1995 when he was 12-years-old. Today, he remains a full-time volunteer for the organization, now the world’s leading youth-driven charity.
What began as a group of kids working out of a garage now has more than 1.7 million young people involved in its programs Free The Children in North America provides comprehensive service-learning programs, including its We Day celebrations attended annually by more than 100,000 students from 3,000 participating schools who earn their entry through service activities.
Internationally, the organization works in eight developing countries providing a holistic and sustainable development model, including education, health care, food security, clean water, and alternative income programs. Free The Children programs include the construction of more than 650 schools and school rooms in developing countries. Its health and clean water initiatives have empowered more than one million beneficiaries.
Craig is also the co-founder with his brother of Me to We, an innovative social enterprise that advances a new vision of philanthropy by providing socially conscious products and experiences that support the work of Free The Children. Half of Me to We’s annual net profits are donated to Free The Children, while the other half is reinvest to grow the enterprise and its social mission. Me to We provides sweatshop-free and organic clothes, as well as life-changing international volunteer trips, leadership training programs, and artisan accessories handmade by women in developing countries.
Craig is the author of ten books. The Oprah Winfrey Show, 60 Minutes, as well as National Geographic, TIME, and The Economist have featured Craig’s work. He has 13 honorary doctorates and degrees, and has received The Order of Canada, The Roosevelt Freedom Medal, and the World Children’s Prize for the Rights of the Child.