Kayla Williams, 16-year-old girl with a mind of wonders. She loves to write and sing. Helping people is her passion because she knows how someone could need help as much as she does. Born and raised in Chicago, she has a big brother and a little sister who she cares for so much. Music keeps her going because music opens a panel in her mind that makes her realize that reality is right in front of her. Life, to her, is great and she doesn’t mind enjoying it which is why she is so passionate about making sure people live long, happy lives. Kayla believes we need to have an open and honest conversation about suicide prevention in order to ensure every appreciates the life they have.
Juwan Malik Dean
A man with two names: Juwan Malik Dean. I started going by Malik when I started taking life seriously. Four years ago, he decided to take his life seriously and invest more time in his a great concern of his: global warming. Ever since then he has been on a mission to take care of the world and not try to let anyone effect the world in a negative way. He goes green in all ways; his favorite color is green, his high school’s primary color is green and St. Patrick's Day is one of his favorite holidays. His goal out of life to make a difference and he believes all need more green in their life.
Luis Quintero is a sixteen-year-old who was born in Mexico and raised in Chicago. He lives with his mother, brother, and sister. He plays soccer and is ready to kick out the problem of negative peer pressure. This is incredibly personal to Luis because he has been a victim of peer pressure himself. He hopes by sharing his story he can shift the audience’s perception of peer pressure.
Osciel Jaquez is a 16-year-old Mexican-American boy born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He has a huge fascination for soccer and art. Growing up, he encountered situations that could have affected him in a negative way. He learned from these experiences which made him the person he is today and hopes by having a candid conversation about peer pressure, his story can impact other adolescents.
Angelique has always been an activist for the gay community. Her creativity to address an issue that teenagers usually avoid confronting has been greatly admired by her peers. She believes that gay athletes are like all other athletes. Angelique is like any other teenage girl. She is very nice and soft spoken. She is also a Gemini which means she has two sides to her, a good one, and a bad one. She was born and raised in the south/east side of Chicago, and wouldn't mind living there for the rest of her life.
Marleny Lozano is a 15-year-old who wants to achieve her goals. Marleny aspires to be an oncologist. She also wants to make a better future for herself and her two younger brothers. Additionally, Marleny’s goal is to make her mother proud of her and show her that her hard work was never taken for granted. During her TEDx talk, not only will she make her mother proud, but her words will instantly make all listeners proud to have heard her story. She will speak on why we do not judge those in need and how we need to rethink homelessness.
15-year old Nyielah Figgers lives in Chicago, Illinois. She is a sweet, fun, talented, yet sensitive girl who enjoys living life to the fullest. She is also a little shrinking violet who tends to stay to herself and chooses not to go along with the in crowd. Instead of knowing how to run down the street and back in under 5 seconds, Nyielah’s main talents include cosmetology, poetry, and writing music. Nyielah feels that life is not all about being the life of the party She thinks that everyone should be comfortable in their own skin, living life the best ways possible. Nyielah calls herself, “confused, but confident.”
Stephanie Gonzalez is a 16 year old who grew up and was raised in Chicago by her single mother and older brother. She is an honor roll student who constantly tries to do her best in everything she does just for the sake of self achievement. She has a great fascination for music and art. Stephanie always liked to learn new things. She plans to go to college and graduate.Stephanie will speak from personal experience of growing up in a single parent home and why our culture needs to reconsider the way we perceive single parents.
Aracely Del Real
Aracely Del Real is a 16 year old girl who was born in the city of L.A but grew up in the neighborhoods of Chicago. She enjoys reading and listening to a large variety of music. Her family oriented life and older siblings have influenced her greatly. She makes sure that popular trends and actions do not impede on her individuality. She hopes by modeling this others begin to embrace their own identity and not society’s definition of what it means to be “cool.”
Benjamin Rivera is a 16 year old who grew up on the south side of Chicago. He is someone who has a bold personality and takes a great interest in technology and electronics. He does not like to follow what others do and is on a mission to redefine what “popular” really means to young people.
Taylor is sixteen years old and grew up in Chicago, Illinois. She grew up with her mom and dad until they got seperated. After this event, her mom went back to school and began to prove how important school was. Her favorite subject in school is writing, only because it is the only subject that came naturally to her. Since writing is incorporated in almost every subject, school is easy to for her. However continuing education after high school is difficult for many. This is why she believes it is important to expose her peers and community to opportunities that will guide them in the right direction ...college.