what we do

We Are Family Foundation amplifies the world’s most influential, creative young people who are positively affecting our planet to power their work and ideas forward.

We do this with our sought after initiatives Three Dot Dash and TEDxTeen, renowned Mentor program, integrated partnerships with influential brands and by fostering collaboration among our community with game-changing networking opportunities and purposeful events. We drive the global narrative that young people today are the most powerful generation yet, creating positive and historical change.

We believe in today’s young people. We believe in their power, vision and drive to make an impact. We believe it because time and time again, we’ve seen it with our own eyes. We’ve lived it. We’ve been part of it.

It's why we get out of bed in the morning. It’s why we don’t call what we do "work".

Three Dot Dash is our yearlong social accelerator. Each year, we select 30 teens from around the world who are actively solving a pressing global issue. We bring them to New York City for our weeklong Summit where they learn valuable skills from prominent speakers such as Brandon Stanton (Humans of New York) and Jason Russell (Invisible Children), and individually match them with an expert in the field of their work to Mentor them for one year including Nelson Mandela’s grandson, Kweku, the first prosecutor of the ICC Luis Moreno Ocampo, Artist Ross Bleckner, heads from google, Facebook, Palantir and more. In 8 years, our 240 Global Teen Leaders now represent 52 countries. They’re reducing cyber-bulling by 93%. Increasing crop yields by 74%. Delivering vaccines to remote villages worldwide. Providing clean water and increasing Internet access across the African continent. Invented an early detection test for pancreatic cancer…. and that’s only a few of them. They’re changing history and creating our future. And they are unstoppable.

TEDxTeen is one of the most prestigious TEDx events and global online community. Between our flagship NYC conference and our London conference at the infamous o2 Arena, our talks have been viewed over 16M times online following the conference. With hosts, speakers and performers from Chelsea Clinton, Monique Coleman, Ella Purnell and Rudimental, to GZA, Alessia Cara and The Wolfpack’s Mukunda Angulo, we have the 5th most watched talk of all time and 3 TED Editors picks. We livestream in over 150 countries and our last conference was the sixth top trending hashtag on twitter worldwide.

Our annual Gala at Manhattan’s legendary Hammerstein Ballroom is a star-studded evening of community engagement and notorious live entertainment. Guests dance the night away with intimate performances from Chic ft. Nile Rodgers and honoree artists such as Bono, Sting, Paul Simon and Chaka Khan. We spotlight game-changing honorees like President Jimmy Carter, Deepak Chopra, Tommy Hilfiger, Maya Angolou, and Desmond and Leah Tutu who are making their own massive mark on the world.

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