By Stephanie Dore
TEDxYouth@Hewitt Faculty Advisor
Thank you so much for your support of the 4th annual TEDxYouth@Hewitt event this past Saturday, November 16th! In planning TEDxYouth@Hewitt, the student curators (Grayson B., Paloma S., Alex B.W., Caroline H., Sammie W., Harley S., Adrien L.) and I threw around the phrase “a global conversation” a lot. We used it to encourage you to attend, we used it to convince speakers to talk, and we used it just because it sounded cool.
However, I’m not sure it really felt tangible to any of us. It was just something we said. Now, 3 days after TEDxYouth@Hewitt, we’re beginning to realize that we really WERE part of a global conversation.
So how do we know?
- TEDxYouth@Hewitt and speaker and Hewitt School alumna, Sofia Stafford, are the FIRST TEDxYouth event featured as a highlight by TEDx. There were over 100 TEDxYouthDay events last weekend, in 36 countries, and of all of those events, TEDxYouth@Hewitt is the first event highlighted by TEDx. Of the event, TEDx says, “At TEDxYouth@Hewitt, an impressive college freshman, Sofia Stafford, explained that 66 million girls are out of school now and 14 million girls under 18 will marry this year. She told the crowd, “It’s up to our generation to act–and to act now.” TEDxYouth 2013 Highlights | TEDxYouthDay
- People watched and reported on TEDxYouth@Hewitt from all over the world! For example, Vajresh Balaji, the licensee for TEDxKidsRSPuram and a TEDxYouthDay reporter, tuned in from Coimbatore, India. Check out this list of quotes he put together from our event.
Seems like the conversation is just starting!