One of the highlights of the evening was Demi Lovato's performance of her emotional ballad "Stone Cold." The singer slayed everyone in the audience, which included thousands of youth who are making a difference in the world, with her powerful pipes.
Check out our exclusive peek at Demi's performance below - and don't forget to watch the big event when it airs commercial-free Sunday, August, 28, at 7pm ET on ABC.
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1. WE Day California
Today's hottest stars came together for the first-ever WE Day California, an empowering event celebrating young people who've shown a commitment to local and global causes.
Combining the energy of a concert with rousing, inspirational stories, it was all made possible by a family of organizations (Free The Children, an international charity; ME to WE, an innovative social enterprise; and WE Day, a yearlong educational initiative) as well as generous supporters, like AOL, which is invested in nurturing future leaders.
Cambio was in the middle of all the action on the blue carpet for WE Day California. Click next to see what the celebs told us about their involvement in the meaningful event.
2. Sabrina Carpenter
Rocking a totally relatable and chic denim-on-denim look, the Girl Meets World star and singer gushed to Cambio about her first WE Day experience: "This has been phenomenal. It's such an inspiring thing to see so many young kids looking forward to changing the world." She also shared that she hopes to work with Musicians on Call, a nonproft that works with artists to bring the healing power of music to children's hospitals. "I think that's the best thing because it's the most simple thing that can make them happy."
3. Craig Kielburger
The co-founder (pictured with WE Day California honorary co-chair Charlize Theron) shed light on the backstory of the incredible event. "When I was 12 years old, I started a children's charity with 11 friends," he told Cambio. They were inspired after reading about a young Pakistani slave who spoke out and was killed. "We started building schools and projects all around the world, and we very quickly realized that what was so unique about what we were doing was the fact that it was young people leading the way. We built this entire WE movement around the idea that when we come together, we are unstoppable."
The singer brought her effortless style to the blue carpet - and meaningful message to the show. She performed her song "Kill Em With Kindness" in front of thousands of kids that day. YouTube star and WE Day California speaker Lilly Singh aka Superwoman was a fan. She told Cambio, "The song literally is preaching, 'When you're in a tough spot, be kind.' And that's a message that we might have heard and might have seen but we often forget."
5. Rico and Raini Rodriguez
The brother and sister duo's can-do attitude was contagious! Not only did they light up the room, they lit a fire inside everyone at the event. Raini's advice for figuring out what you're passionate about? She suggested turning to current events and then asking yourself: "What is it inside of you that makes you want to get up in the morning and say, 'I want to make a difference?' " She told Cambio, "Start there and then you go for it."
6. Amandla Stenberg
The 'Hunger Games' star, who looked retro-chic in a patchwork jacket and Peter Pan collar blouse, has led the dialogue on cultural appropriation. She took the opportunity to encourage the audience of students to do the same. "Talk openly in an informed and productive way without shaming or finger pointing," she said. "Don't be afraid to ask questions. Just ask them with real interest and intention. Don't tune out responses."
7. Jordan Fisher
Dressed in all black, the Liv and Maddie actor loved that WE Day California celebrated the young people who earned their right to be there. "It's a huge thing that these kids are making such a huge impact on their communities and all over the world," he said. "They deserve to feel like superstars." As for how he's giving back, the big animal lover works closely with The Humane Society. "I strongly encourage everyone to adopt and not shop."
8. Jazz Jennings
A shoulder for the LGBTQ community to lean on, the 15-year-old transgender darling sported an ensemble that appropriately bared just that. When we chatted with her, she emphasized her desire to continue to help young people feel "accepted and safe." The inspirational teen said, "My message is just living your life authentically and loving who you are no matter your difference. I'm hoping I can spread that message today."
9. Hannah Simone
The Free the Children ambassador and New Girl star calls WE Day her "favorite day of the entire year." Looking poised and pretty in a ladylike ensemble, she credits the event with gathering "some of the most inspiring people that have taken what their personal struggle is or struggle with their family or with their community and paired it with their gift, and that's how they're creating change. We could all use help." Ain't that the truth!
10. Max Greenfield
Max and the rest of his New Girl crew were greeted with "the most loving, incredible welcome," according to castmate Hannah. They spoke about the value of friendship.
11. Jacob Tremblay
Have you seen anything cuter? The 9-year-old star of the Oscar-nominated film Room brought his brand new puppy to the celebration. If this doesn't absolutely melt you, his answer to how he plans to change the world definitely will. "I really want to make sure no meteors hit Earth because that would be terrifying," he adorably told Cambio. "Humans are too awesome to go away. We still need to get flying cars. I really want our home to be a fun place to live and have a good environment for people and animals." Smart kid!
The singer, actor and WE Day California ambassador (pictured with daughter Shayla) was a big hit with the kids. We almost went deaf the moment he stepped onto the stage.12. Tyrese
13. Rowan Blanchard
An advocate for equality, the star of Girl Meets World floated onto the blue carpet in her ethereal look and told Cambio that her most touching WE Day experience was at a previous Minnesota event. "After I spoke, it was the most incredible thing because you're hearing so many kids who are just so happy to be there and doing there part in the world."
14. Bea Miller
"As someone who is a teenager, I know life can be really rough and sometimes it's hard to realize that you can make a difference all on your own starting from such a young age," the stylish singer told Cambio. That's why she says WE Day California is so important. "It's good to put all of the youth in the same room and just be like, 'You can do whatever you set your mind to. You are the next generation. You have to believe in yourself.'"
The gorgeous couple arrived hand-in-hand to the empowering youth event.15. Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder
The legendary actor, who's attended over a dozen WE Days, addressed the importance of having an event that focuses on today's youth. "They realize that what they've done [to help out] is not so unusual," he said. "It's very human. It's very natural, instinctual to step out of yourself and away from your peers to serve others because that's how we best serve ourselves. This has caught their imaginations." We couldn't have said it better ourselves!16. Martin Sheen
17. Charlize Theron
The WE Day California honorary co-chair kept it cute and cazh for the kiddies. "When we all get together, especially like-minded people, we become incredibly powerful," said the Oscar winner. "As parents, once [our children] are there just keep encouraging them."
The "Confident" singer oozed just that. We mean, you have to with a crop top and wide-leg jeans, right? Her riveting performance of "Stone Cold" brought the house down!18. Demi Lovato
19. Paula Abdul
Paula is forever our girl for supporting WE Day. "I'm so excited. I've already met some incredible kids. They are agents of change making this world a better place," she said.
20. Lilly Singh AKA Superwoman
The YouTube star, who's been open about her struggle with depression, told Cambio her secret to rising above her mental health issues and inspiring millions. "It's about unapologetically embracing your thoughts and your feelings, what uniquely makes you YOU," she said. With that attitude, it's no wonder she's known as Superwoman to fans.
21. Joe Jonas
The "Cake" singer's journey with WE Day started about eight years ago with his brothers, Kevin and Nick. According to him, his first WE Day in Toronto, Cananda, was louder than any concert he'd ever been to. "I was like, 'OK, this is something I want to be a part of for as long as I can.' It's a room full of young people making a change in their individual communities and in the world...I always leave here wanting to do something good."
Good news! You can watch the inspirational event from the comfort of your living room when it airs August 28, 2016 at 7pm ET on ABC. Mark your calendars now!
* Cambio (part of The Huffington Post) and AOL operate under Verizon.