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This event occurred on
January 25, 2014
7:00pm - 11:00pm CST
(UTC -6hrs)
Laredo, TX
United States

Where are you from? What defines a home? What is the history and nature of the places you most love and most dislike? What can you do to make the places you live, work and play better? Join us at the 2014 TEDxYouth@Laredo conference to talk about and hear how your community is answering these questions. An evening of dialog, exploration and action awaits.

Guerra Centre Reception Hall
6402 N Bartlett Avenue
Laredo, TX, 78041
United States
Event type:
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Joaquin Castro

Second generation Mexican American born is San Antonio, Texas. Joaquin was elected to serve in the U.S House of Representatives, where he  wants help build out what he calls the Infrastructure of opportunity so that future generations will have the same chance to pursue their American Dream. He recently became a father to Andrea Elena Castro. 

Ray M. Keck III Ph.D.

Life-long educator and President of Texas A&M International University. In his thirteenth year as President he continues to create opportunities for young students looking to become the leaders of today. His deep roots, both at the University and in the Laredo community, help him to lead the South Texas Region in higher education and advancement.

Ricardo Vazquez De Lara

A native of Puebla, Mexico, Ricardo is a senior at Red McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas. He has served as President of the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting, recipient of the Jorge A. Caballero student Leader of the Year Award, and has served as a Student Fellow for Project MALES, a UT organization focused on mentoring local at-risk high school students ho have a statistically high probability of dropping out of high school.

Allison Ramirez

A young fashionista and style guru, Allison is making statement in the fashion world thanks her passion and sense of style and design. She is currently twenty one years old, and has been the sole operator of her personal style blog for almost four years. Allison has authored several editorials for CollegeFashionista, as well as taken part in several styling campaigns with The Zoe Report, Seventeen Magazine, and Macy’s.

Aly Tadros

A singer/songwriter, born and raised in Laredo, who overcame her fears, grabbed a guitar, and traveled the world to chase her dream. Over the last four years she has played 700 plus shows and has captivated audiences across the globe. Her fresh voice and musical work has received coverage from USA Today, MTV Buzzworthy, and Paste Magazine. 

Arturo Elizondo

Born and raised in Laredo, Texas, Arturo, is a senior at Harvard University concentrating in Government with a focus in Comparative Politics and will be graduating in May 2014. His interest in public service has taken him from Brazil to China and from U.S. Department of Agriculture to the White House. This summer he will be the sole intern in the Chambers of the Supreme Court under the first Latina Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor.

Alejandra Avila

A native of Mexico, Alejandra achieved the American Dream despite the early challenges of moving to a new country. Since then she has graduated first in her class, been an honors student, a president's scholar, and a mentor to young college students. Her passion for social justice has taken her to; the White House, the Department of Justice, the Intern-American Court of Human Rights, the Texas Supreme Court, and the UT Immigration and Transnational Worker Rights Clinics. Alejandra has also worked as a legal research assistant and participated in Georgetown Law's Visiting Program in Washington D.C. Today she is a third year student at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, Texas and hopes to pursue a career in public service

Organizing team


Laredo, TX, United States
  • Anna Gonzalez
    Creatives Curator
  • Sergio Perez
    Speaker Curator
  • Efren Chavez
    Technologies Curator
  • Jacqueline Verastigui
    Social Media Curator
  • Krissy Gutierrez
    Press Curator
  • Irene Garcia
  • Armando Soto
  • Matthew Bryan
    Production Curator