DHL Expands Global Partnership with WE by Honoring Young American Leaders

  • DHL Youth Volunteer Fellowship Award celebrates youth achievements
    in community service
  • Applications are open to young change-makers aged 13-18 from five
    U.S. states
  • Eligible youth can apply now at

announced today that, after working together since 2012 in Canada and
then in the UK, the two have expanded their partnership to the U.S. The
first collaboration will be a program that recognizes exceptional young
people in the United States who are moving the needle on social change.
Called the DHL Youth Volunteer Fellowship Award, it encourages young
people to realize their potential, pursue their dreams and continue to
lead their communities through service and action.

WE is an organization that brings people together and gives them the
tools to change the world. DHL, the world’s leading international
express services provider, promotes employee engagement through a number
of initiatives including Global Volunteer Day, which encourages
community outreach and involvement. DHL and WE believe that the next
generation holds the power to drive meaningful change and, through the
new Fellowship program, are recognizing the difference young people are
making in their communities and around the world.

Starting today, youth aged 13-18 from Illinois, New York State,
Washington State, Minnesota and California can submit their applications
for the fellowship award online. Applicants are asked to put forward
thoughtful social action plans that demonstrate how they aim to improve
their local or global communities through volunteer service. Through the
application, candidates are encouraged to focus on social issues that
they are passionate about and consider real solutions to the causes that
matter most to them. More information about the award, along with the
application from, are available at

“Promoting community engagement is part of the culture of DHL, and it’s
important for us to celebrate the young people who are leaders in their
community,” said Greg Hewitt, CEO of DHL Express U.S. “Supporting our
country’s youth benefits everyone, and I hope the DHL Youth Volunteer
Fellowship Award inspires young Americans to make an even bigger impact
with the social service they are already doing.”

Five winners will be selected for their exceptional volunteer actions by
a judging panel of influential thought and community leaders, led by
Greg Hewitt and Marc Kielburger, co-founder of WE. One winner from each
eligible state will be selected and announced in June 2017.

The award prize includes:

  • A ME
    to WE Youth Trip
    to Ecuador, where winners will further
    develop their leadership skills and work side-by-side with people in
    the community on development projects.
  • A leadership session with Greg Hewitt, CEO of DHL Express U.S., and
    Marc Kielburger, co-founder of WE, to learn firsthand from two
    accomplished business and social leaders.
  • Mentorship from a WE leadership member who will provide
    one-on-one support to ensure recipients have all the tools and support
    necessary to see their action plans through.
  • An invitation to winners to receive their award in front of thousands
    of their peers on a WE
    stage in their home state.

“We are proud to partner with DHL to bring this fellowship program to
young people in America,” said Marc Kielburger, co-founder of WE. “We
know that young people in America care about making a difference — last
school year alone, students in the U.S. volunteered over 2.6 million
hours for local and global causes and raised over $3.8 million for
charitable organizations. The fellowship program with DHL will recognize
the next generation of change makers and set them up for success by
providing them will the tools to bring their passions to life.”

A leader in supporting social change around the world, DHL partners with
WE year-round to help make an impact in local and global communities.
DHL Express U.S. is the Official Logistics Partner of WE Day, helping
bring the WE Day stage to life in each city on the WE Day U.S. tour.
More than 300 DHL employees have volunteered at WE Day events, and now
with the expansion of the WE-DHL partnership into the United States,
more DHL employees will have an opportunity to volunteer.

Since 2012, DHL has shipped to U.S. and Canadian retail markets more
than 1.5 million pieces of jewelry handmade by female artisans in Kenya
and Ecuador, helping these women earn an income to send their children
to school.

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About WE

WE is an organization that brings people together and gives them the
tools to change the world. A unique family of organizations, WE is made
up of WE Charity, empowering change with resources that create
sustainable impact, and ME to WE, a social enterprise that creates
socially conscious products and experiences that allow people to do good
through their everyday choices. The celebration of that change happens
at WE Day – inspiring stadium-sized life-changing events that take place
around the world. A global movement of 2.4 million young people strong,
youth involved with WE have raised $62 million for more than 2,400 local
and global organizations, volunteered 19.9 million hours for local and
global causes and collected over 7.6 million pounds of food through
service learning programs and campaigns. WE was founded more than 20
years ago by humanitarians, activists and social entrepreneurs, brothers
Craig and Marc Kielburger. Join the WE movement today at


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