Selena Gomez, Sofia Carson & More Stars Confirmed for WE Day California

Get the first official lineup announcement for 2018 WE Day California!

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WE Day is the world’s largest youth empowerment event, and it’s full of motivational moments that stick with us. This year, the celebration of young people committed to making a difference will go down on April 19 in Southern California.

The initial lineup for this summer’s WE Day California has just been announced, and the event includes an incredible star-studded guest list. This year’s event will be hosted by John Stamos, with speakers, presenters and performers Paula Abdul, Jennifer Aniston alongside March for Our Lives Organizers Jackie Corin and Cameron Kasky, Dierks BentleySofia Carson, The Chainsmokers, Lonnie ChavisMonique Coleman, Lily CollinsDVSNWill FerrellJordan FisherConnor FrantaMorgan FreemanSelena GomezLizzy GreeneWinnie HarlowLaurie Hernandez, Olivia HoltJenna Ortega, Lele Pons, Jessie Reyez, Nicole Richie, Kelly SawyerDrew Scott, Martin SheenJoJo SiwaLilly Singh, Henry WinklerSpencer WestMaddie Ziegler and more.

“I’m constantly inspired by the determination in every single student at WE Day—the energy they bring is unforgettable,” Selena Gomez shared in a statement. “This is my sixth WE Day and I can’t wait to share words of encouragement with thousands of young leaders who have accomplished so much worth celebrating. This generation is changing the world and I’m humbled to be a part of this special day with them.”

Lilly Singh speaks onstage at WE Day California 2016
Photo from: Mike Windle/Getty Images North America

You can’t buy a ticket to get into WE Day: students from across the country actually earn their way by the actions they take on one local and one global cause of their choice, and they can be joined by their teachers in celebration. But what you can do is watch the one-hour national special airing of the event on ABC on August 17: it will be on television at 8 PM ET/7 CT.

We can’t wait to see all of these inspirational speeches, performances, and discussions with young students!

Written by Kristine Hope Kowalski

Kristine is a writer and celebrity entertainment news journalist with a specific obsession with Nickelodeon + Disney Channel shows, boy bands, K-Pop, Broadway, and international series dramas. If she's not writing or tucked away in a good book, she is most likely traveling the world and spamming her friends' Instagram feeds with photos from her adventures. Kristine has a BA in Comparative Literature from Rutgers University (2011), and an MA in Interdisciplinary Humanities and Social Thought from NYU (2013). She is currently pursuing her second Master's in Journalism at Harvard.