TEDxYouth@Hewitt Blog

TEDxYouth@Hewitt 2016: Thanks for joining us!

Thank you to everyone who attended this year’s TEDxYouth@Hewitt. We had such a wonderful experience planning the event. Our speakers demonstrated the theme “Made in the Future” through the question, “How can girls make the future?” Our speakers discussed bullying, autism awareness, being a catalyst for social change, and so much more. We were inspired by the words and actions of all of our speakers. We would like to give a special shout out to our host, Chelsea, and our performance group The Bright Side. The entire Hewitt community was so proud to hear their fellow classmates speak and sing, and we are proud to be at a school where an event like this is possible. The most meaningful part of the day was hearing that we, as young women, have the power to change the world. We also realized that while there may be obstacles that we have to overcome, with hard work and determination we can do anything. We hope that everyone who attended took this “idea worth spreading” to lead their lives with more confidence to make their future the best it can be.


Thank you!

Jessie and Ruby

Co-Head Curators

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Thanks for joining us at TEDxYouth@Hewitt 2014

A couple of weeks have passed since TEDxYouth@Hewitt 2014. As Head Student Curator, I want to thank the rest of the curatorial team, Jessie S., Christina B., Adrien L., Ruby S., and Grayson B., for putting so much hard work and creativity into the day. I’d also like to thank our faculty advisor, Ms. Dore, for the endless effort she has put into TEDxYouth@Hewitt for the past three years!

I’d also like to thank The Hewitt School’s maintenance and security teams for helping us on our late nights and early mornings, and our sponsors, Flick Independent School Dining, The Source, Balloon Saloon, and Kind Healthy snacks for supporting “these ideas worth spreading.”

Finally, and most importantly, I’d like to thank all of you who attended the event or joined us on Livestream. Thank you for your support and making our hard work worthwhile. I hope you have reflected on the day and have been able to identify your world imagined and the steps you will take to make these dreams realities.

We also want to keep you up with some exciting news! The TEDxYouth@Hewitt team has since met; we talked about some highlights of the day and some ideas to implement for next year’s event! TEDxYouth@Hewitt speakers have already talked to each other to make their dreams collaborative. Michelle Joni and Samantha Stephens partnered up last week and skipped around Washington Square Park together and grabbed a bite at OatMEALS! Like we say, TED friends are the best kind of friends!

Look out for more news on next year’s event in the spring!

Never stop imagining a better world!


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TEDxYouth@Hewitt 2014 Press Release

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Top 10 Reasons to Attend TEDxYouth@Hewitt

Were you wondering why TEDxYouth@Hewitt is such a great event to attend? Do you need something to do on November 15, 2014? Here are the top 10 reasons why you should go to TEDxYouth@Hewitt!

  1. Amazing speakers who all view the theme “Worlds Imagined” differently

  2. Make new friends/connections

  3. Learn something new

  4. Be inspired

  5. See phenomenal musical performances

  6. Participate in a conference that’s part of a global conversation

  7. Change the way you view the world

  8. Discover something new about yourself

  9. Chat and get to know the speakers

  10. Gain a better understanding of the “World Imagined” Theme
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Why Curate TEDxYouth@Hewitt?

TEDxYouth@Hewitt is an annual event for high school students, curated by high school students.  So who are the 2014 TEDxYouth@Hewitt student curators, why do they work on the event, and what kind of world do they imagine?
Paloma (Head Student Curator)
Why curate TEDxYouth@Hewitt? I curate TEDxYouth@Hewitt to create a platform to spread creativity and inspiration.
I imagine a world… 
in which everyone looks for unchartered territory.


Grayson (Student Mentor; 2013 TEDxYouth@Hewitt Head Student Curator)
Why curate TEDxYouth@Hewitt? I curate TEDxYouth@Hewitt because it is my favorite Hewitt event and it brings together students from around the city to teach them the kinds of lessons they can’t learn in the classroom.
I imagine a world…
where generations become more and more accepting of one another.

Jessie (Assistant Curator)
Why curate TEDxYouth@Hewitt? To show our community all the endless possibilities you can have if you just set a goal and believe you can achieve it.
I imagine a world…
where everyone is truly free, in every sense of the word, to express themselves in any and every way possible.


Christina (PR Curator)
Why curate TEDxYouth@Hewitt? Because my goal is to inspire the people within the community with the speakers we bring in.
I imagine a world… 
where everyone is able to leave their mark.



Adrien (Design Curator)
Why curate TEDxYouth@Hewitt? Because I enjoy getting a glimpse into other people’s interesting lives!
I imagine a world… 
where everyone respects and appreciates each other more.



Ruby (Sponsorship Curator)
Why curate TEDxYouth@Hewitt? Because I have attended this event for the past 2 years and I wanted to be one of the forces behind organizing such an amazing and interesting event.
I imagine a world… where people could lighten up over the tiny things.

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World’s Imagined – According to Paloma

I’m Paloma, this year’s TEDxYouth@Hewitt Head Student Curator, and I have been involved in organizing this event for the past two years. This year’s event is especially special because it is the fifth annual TEDxYouth@Hewitt. I am extremely proud of the work my peers and I have done to make sure the fifth year is innovative, inspiring, and impactful. The team is hard at work creating a diverse speaker lineup and getting all the details of the day planned out.

Just a reminder, since 1984 the non-profit TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design), has worked globally to inspire and spread ideas through TED Talks, then grew with the establishment of licensed independently organized TEDx events. TEDx Youth Day events will be held across the world this November focusing on the theme “world imagined.”

At TEDxYouth@Hewitt on 11/15/14, we’ll ask our speakers “WHAT IF?”  What if our world were different?  We can’t wait for you to hear the perspective of all of our speakers as you begin to imagine your own world.  At TEDxYouth@Hewitt this year, you’ll hear from Matt Wilkins, co-founder of Pedal Forward, who imagines a world in which kids in developing countries are not prevented from getting an education based on distance in which they have to travel to school, and Michelle Joni, founder of the Skipping Club, who imagines a world in which people can create a more creative community by getting others to go back to their roots, to skip, and many more. Each of the speakers has their own unique world imagined.

Our speakers have distinct goals and incredible accomplishments. As they spread their ideas, we hope to open up your mind and help you imagine what your perfect world would look like.

Get inspired! Join us on November 15th, 2014!

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