Thank you to everyone that made the TEDxYouth@Croydon event a resounding success! Thank you to the speakers for their tireless pursuit to share an idea worth spreading.
To the team members, volunteers, host school, production team and partners who helped along with the speakers to touch, move and inspire the next generation.
See you all again next year, for a bigger and better event!
Here are the photos on flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/tedxyouthcroydon/
Until then, ignite the Spark and follow the flame!
Speakers may not be confirmed. Check event website for more information.
Tom MessengerTom teaches mathematics at a secondary school in Hampshire and is also studying for a Philosophy masters at Southampton. In 2010 he helped to organise the first ever Street Child World Cup in Durban, South Africa. Boys and girls who had experienced homelessness from eight different countries were represented. Through the football tournament, an arts program and a conference these children shared their hopes and dreams and fought for their rights. Through meeting them and hearing their stories Tom learned that the children who are ignored are often the ones with the most incredible stories and untapped potential. In Brazil in 2014 it’s happening all over again.
Najite GrahamBeing a poet, musician, emerging young leader and social entrepreneur, Najite can be described as a ‘socially conscious’ mixing pot. As a performer, she has supported various established artists such as Mobo Award Winning Rapper Akala, Def Jam Poetry star Black Ice and in her early days she has supported the likes of Skepta and JME. Najite had her first poem published at 9 years old and landed her first commission in her teens. After dropping out of mainstream education and becoming self taught, she has both set up and been involved in multiple social initiatives and delivered talks and poetry. Most recently at the House of Commons.
Vivian ArsaniousVivian is a passionate young educator with a flare for history and education. She obtained an undergraduate degree in Education from the University of Alberta in Canada, and she is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in the History of International Relations at the London School of Economics. Vivian is passionate about the role of history in education. “History shapes the way people interact with your own society, often times people see history as part of the past and not relevant. How wrong they are!” Vivian also volunteers her time working with local education and youth focused charities such as Cambridge House and Education Enterprise.
Alex Quang & Tom ChigboAlex was born and raised in Croydon. He dropped out of university after the first year in search of his passion. He volunteered in Croydon with vInspired’s Team v Project and met London Citizens at a training residential. He loved volunteering so much, as his passion is working to empower young people and give them a voice, that he is now a member of Citizens UK Team. Tom is a community organiser for South London Citizens, working with a range of faith, education and civic institutions. He studied geography at the University of Cambridge and completed an MA in Community Organising at Queen Mary, University of London. He received the St John’s College Larmor Award, was recognised by Rare Rising Stars as the UK’s No. 1 black student and was named in the Power List of Britain’s 100 most influential black people.
Rosina St. James23 year-old Rosina is the former Chair of the British Youth Council which has over 7 million young people. A graduate of London School of Economics, she studied Social Policy and received an award for her “Outstanding Contribution” to the university. She also received a Rare Rising Star Award for being one of the top ten most outstanding black students in the UK. ?Rosina is a Youth Participation Support Worker in Croydon and is currently a Youth Ambassador. This position engages young Londoners and inspires those involved in crime or at risk of violence and crime, to feel empowered to change their lives. She has recently set up a business that helps to resettle offenders back into society.
Justina KehindeJustina is an award winning poet, jazz singer, actress and director. She made theatrical history in 2012 by directing, acting and co-producing the first all black female production on a Cambridge stage, before taking the show to London for a sell out performance. She is a creative editor and contributor for Independent Women’s magazine, Magnify and was twice voted as one of the top ten black students in the UK in 2013. Her poetry ranges from concerns surrounding diasporic identity to human trafficking, Justina is also studying English Literature and Social Anthropology at Cambridge University.
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