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VIDEO: Kelvin Doe at TEDxTeen by THNKR

May 1, 2013

THNKR is proud to present the next chapter in the riveting story of 15-Year-Old engineering prodigy Kelvin Doe. THNKR has exclusive access to Kelvin as he returns to the United States to deliver a riveting talk at TEDxTeen and grapples with the impact of newfound YouTube superstardom.

15-Year-Old Kelvin Doe is an engineering whiz living in Sierra Leone who scours the trash bins for spare parts, which he uses to build batteries, generators and transmitters. Completely self-taught, Kelvin has created his own radio station where he broadcasts news and plays music under the moniker, DJ Focus.

Kelvin became the youngest person in history to be invited to the "Visiting Practitioner's Program" at MIT. THNKR had exclusive access to Kelvin throughout his life-changing journey, exploring incredible opportunities, contending with homesickness, and mapping out his future.

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Time for Kids



Generation “Why?”

TEDxTEEN event focuses on young people making a difference


Chelsea Clinton talks about steps to success at the TEDxTEEN event in New York City.

On March 16, TED and the We Are Family foundation held its fourth annual TEDxTEEN event in New York City. TED is a nonprofit group that is dedicated to “ideas worth spreading.” This year’s TEDxTEEN theme was “the Audacity of whY.” It focused on young people who refuse to accept “that’s just the way it is” as an answer to the problems around them. They believe that they have the right to know "why?" and to change the world, no matter their age.

Chelsea Clinton hosted the event. Clinton lived in the White House when her father Bill Clinton was President from 1993 to 2001. Before introducing Chelsea Clinton, actor and Director Robert Galinsky took the stage to address the audience. Instead of telling the crowd to turn off their phones he told them to take them out and use them to tweet. "You're in a conversation today," he shouted. "This is a two-way—no, hundreds-of-thousands of way—conversation. Tweet about where you're at, spread the ideas." Galinsky then turned to the live-stream of the conference on the Internet and exclaimed: "Hello, world!"

After that, Twitter was buzzing with quotes from young speakers who had just 18 minutes to tell how they worked to change the world around them.

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Generation whY not?

By Ashley Alebiosu
Thomson Reuters

March 20, 2013

This past Saturday was the TEDxTeen event in NYC, hosted by the We Are Family Foundation. The day kicked off with a book signing breakfast, fostering conversations between teenage speakers, inventors, founders, authors and attendees.

Opening remarks started around mid morning where everyone was encouraged to immediately start tweeting, as the global audience was ready and waiting to be a part of the conversation. Chelsea Clinton took the stage, engaging the audience with words of confidence, describing the millennial generation as digital natives who are open to change.

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Andrew Jenks At TEDxTeen: 'I Think Any Generation Has The Opportunity To Change The World'

By Taylor Trudon
The Huffington Post

March 19, 2013

We’re going to bet that not too many teens would be willing to move into a nursing home for over a month and then film what life was like -- but that’s exactly what 19-year-old Andrew Jenks did eight years ago. His project became a feature documentary, which went on to premiere on HBO and ultimately influence the popular series on MTV, “World of Jenks.”

Today, Jenks is an award-winning filmmaker, author of “Andrew Jenks: My Adventures as a Young Filmmaker” and just began the second season of “World of Jenks,” through which he continues to share the inspiring stories of others and place a spotlight on Generation Y.

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10 Things I Learned at TEDxTeen

by Nahal Shakib
High school student in Los Angeles

March 19, 2013

The TEDxTeen conference was an opportunity to inspire, and be inspired. The people who surrounded me at the conference have manifested their inspirations to something that will help change the world. These incredible people were not afraid to ask the question "Why?" And, they were most certainly not afraid to defy whatever limitations preventing the rest of the world from challenging the boundaries. I came home with so many wonderful lessons, so many new inspirations and so many new ways that I want to manifest them. Here are the top 10 things I learned at TEDxTeen.

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Chelsea Clinton At TEDxTeen: 5 Pieces Of Advice For Gen Y From The Former First Daughter

By Taylor Trudon
The Huffington Post

March 18, 2013

From a 16-year-old blind musical prodigy to a West African boy who built batteries collected from garbage scraps in his village, we couldn’t help leaving this year’s TEDxTeen conference in complete awe. But teens weren’t the only sources of inspiration from that day -- host Chelsea Clinton also had some words of wisdom to share with the young audience.

While you probably know her best as President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s daughter, Chelsea has made a name for herself as a special correspondent for NBC News, as well as in her efforts to speak out about the uncomfortable topic of diarrhea, which is related to 100,000 deaths in Nigeria each year.

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15 Inspiring Quotes From TEDxTeen 2013

March 16, 2013

This year's TEDxTeen conference was all about "Generation Why" -- a generation of amazing young people who refuse to accept "that's just the way it is" as an answer to the problems they see around them. They believe that they have the right to know "why?" and to change the world, no matter their age.

HuffPost Teen was lucky enough to attend the event in New York on Saturday. We got to hang out with host Chelsea Clinton (!) and hear from 12 of the most inspirational young people in the world (one of which was our very own blogger, Tallia Storm). We'll be sharing more of their incredible stories on Monday, but in the meantime, click through the slideshow below for 15 awesome quotes from our Twitter coverage.

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PRESS RELEASE - TEDxTeen 2013

Chelsea Clinton to Host TEDxTeen 2013: The Audacity of whY

Andrew Jenks to Host Online Global Audience

(New York – February 27, 2013)Chelsea Clinton will serve as host of TEDxTeen 2013, on Saturday, March 16, 2013, at Scholastic's global world headquarters in New York City.

TEDxTeen focuses the conversation on teens and their power to change the world. The theme of the fourth annual TEDxTeen conference, “The Audacity of whY,” resonates with Generation Y – or more appropriately, “Generation Why?” – as they turn over established regimes, age-old thinking, and timeless truths, through social media, the power of crowds and an unswerving belief that they have the right to know “why?” Approximately 300 hand-selected youths and adults in the youth space are expected to attend and participate.

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Report from TEDxTeen

School Library Journal®

Entrepreneurs, social activists, an opera singer, and an autistic math wiz were just some of the inspirational young adults who presented at the TEDxTeen conference in New York City on March 31. Three hundred teens packed the auditorium at Scholastic's Soho headquarters in downtown Manhattan to mix and mingle with the nine presenters, and with each other.

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Watch Tavi Gevinson Talk About My So-Called Life, Freaks and Geeks, and the Dearth of Complicated Teen Girls on TV

Rookie founder and high school student Tavi Gevinson gave a talk at a TEDxTeen event about "strong female characters," feminism, and how the narrow ways in which popular culture views women impacts teen girls, both in fiction and in real life. It's funny and astute, and Gevinson calls for more TV shows with complicated girl protagonists — drawing a comparison between shows from the '90s like My So-Called Life and Freaks and Geeks and the offerings on TV today. (Related: it is somehow weird to me to think of Freaks and Geeks as a "90s" show.)

 

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TEDxTeen Proves That the Impossible is Possible

Wisdom seems to be the hardest thing to grasp when you're a teenager. Your curiosity about events and causes and movements begins to turn into a passion, but the only things you're formally taught are the seemingly-useless facts and tidbits you're fed by your parents, teachers, and other superiors in suits. The only way you're going to get the answers you're direly craving is to hunt them down yourself. Sounds impossible, right? Not necessarily.

For the young speakers and performers at this year's TEDxTeen conference, hosted by the We Are Family Foundation at the Scholastic headquarters in New York on March 31st, the impossible became possible with the help of perseverance, drive, and sheer dedication. Whether they had to fight off hardships and personal tragedies, or simply became inspired and acted upon their intuition, every single individual on stage had a story that tugged at the heartstrings of those in attendance and the thousands of others streaming the show worldwide.

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Four Youth Activists To Watch From TEDxTeen

These young women caught our eye this weekend at the 2012 TEDxTeen conference, an annual event that brings youth together to discuss social activism and entrepreneurship.

Read the whole story from Teen Vogue

 

Four Youth Activists To Watch From TEDxTeen - FULL

These young women caught our eye this weekend at the 2012 TEDxTeen conference, an annual event that brings youth together to discuss social activism and entrepreneurship.

Kristen Powers

Age: 18
Hometown: Chapel Hill, NC
Causes: Kristen promotes awareness about Huntington's disease through her documentary, 'Twitch', and encourages environmental sustainability through her organization, the Green Tiger Campaign.

When eighteen-year-old Kristen lost her mother to Huntington's disease, she made it her mission to initiate a national conversation about the illness. Her documentary 'Twitch,' which is currently in production, follows her personal story of undergoing genetic testing for Huntington's. "If the world starts talking about Huntington's and people are inspired to learn more, they may donate to the research and get involved in clinical trials," she said. Kristen is also the founder of the Green Tiger Campaign, an environmental sustainability club with a teen-run garden that harvests vegetables for a local food kitchen. She's instilled leadership skills in over 300 students and donated about 300 bags of organic produce in the past four years.

Photo: Kristen speaking at TEDxTeen 2012. Courtesy of John-Paul Teutonico.

 

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The Amazing Results of the TEDxTeen Talk

This past weekend, I had the honor of giving a TEDx Talk titled “The InnerKid Philosophy” at TEDxTeen in New York City. The theme this year was “The Wisdom of Not Knowing.” This talk centered around my experiences with Huntington’s and how I created a philosophy that has helped me cope with everything.

While I felt that I messed up a few times and didn’t get my point across as well as I wanted to, the response was outstanding. My Twitter feed blew up with mentions about my talk. People wanted to take their pictures with me. A literary agent gave me her card and said I should write a book. Another man approached me and told me he was going to put me in touch with the Guthrie family. TeenVogue wrote an article about me (check it out on the Press page).

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TEDxTeen Explores The Wisdom Of Not Knowing

The theme for this year's TEDxTeen event was "The Wisdom Of Not Knowing," a concept that resonates with Millennials because they're currently trying to figure out their futures in a time of great uncertainty. Each of this year's speakers approached that topic from their own unique perspectives: a teen whose parent had Huntington's disease and could be a carrier; a student who chooses to stop learning to start thinking; a young woman figuring out her own complex nature when role models don't exist; and more. Their stories follow... And stay tuned to TEDxTeen for videos of the presentations.

Monique Coleman kicked off the event asking the teen attendees to look around the room and notice how many people they don't know (yet). The fewer people we know, the bigger and scarier the room feels, but the more we know, the smaller and more intimate it feels. By the end of the day, the room had gotten much smaller!

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iReTron, run by teen, will buy used gadgets

15-year-old Jason Li, winner of the "Next Teen Tycoon" video contest, won $4,000 and a trip to the 2012 TEDxTeen conference in New York. Read more about him below.

SFGate

The gadgets gathering dust in an old drawer could be worth something: Up to $47 for a classic iPod, $88 for a Blackberry Torch or $97 for a Kindle.

That's the pitch from iReTron, a new website created by a 15-year-old high school sophomore to help people get rid of their old electronics.

Los Gatos teenager Jason Li started iReTron in July after learning about the hazards of electronic waste in his freshman world geography class.

People inevitably want to upgrade to the shiny new gadget, said Li. Through iReTron, they can do so without too much hassle.

"Nobody loses anything," he said. "It is fitting for the society we live in. A lot of people out there have smart phones. People upgrade all the time. Everyone is gaining. That's the best part of it."

IReTron joins a growing number of websites such as Gazelle and NextWorth that purchase used electronics, fix them up and resell them on eBay and elsewhere. Consumers receive a quote from the website for their device, ship it and are paid once their item has been inspected.

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