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Craig Kielburger, Keynote Speaker 2012 Be a Hero Awards Ceremony

Craig Kielburger is the founder of Free The Children, opens external link the world's leading youth-driven charity that has inspired an entire generation to stand up and make their voices heard. 

Craig KielburgerThe organization provides active citizenship education programs in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom, reaching 3,500 school groups annually. The organization's We Schools in Action program fills stadiums with tens of thousands of young leaders who provide more than one million hours of community service every year. 

The organization has worked in 45 countries providing education, health care, clean water and alternative income programs. Its Adopt a Village development model currently provides holistic, scalable and sustainable child-focused intervention in seven nations. Free The Children has built in excess of 650 schools and school rooms in developing countries and established more than 30,000 alternative income projects. 

Most remarkably, Craig originally started the organization in 1995 at only 12-years of age. 
Craig is also the co-founder of Me to We. opens external link This social enterprise encourages ethical living and social responsibility while also aiming to bring Free The Children's already low administrate rate to 0%, ensuring every penny goes to charitable programs. Me to We includes carbon-neutral international volunteer travel programs, leadership camps, a publishing house, a music label and the largest organic made-in-Canada clothing line. 

He is a syndicated columnist and New York Times bestselling author, who has written five books. His latest, to be released across North America in the fall of 2010, is called The World Needs Your Kid: Raising Children Who Care and Contribute. 

Craig 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 six honorary doctorates, The Roosevelt Freedom Medal, The World Children's Prize for the Rights of the Child (often called the Children's Nobel Prize) and is one of the youngest recipients of The Order of Canada. Craig's work has been featured on multiple appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, 60 Minutes and The Today Show; and in People, Time and The Economist. The ceremony will also help celebrate National Housing Day in November.