Our emcee, Ms. Lightbourn is the host of “Consumer Update” on ABC Action News, Kellie appears nationally on Lifetime Television’s “Designing Spaces” and has been featured on shows like E! Entertainment, Maury, Animal Planet and EXTRA. She’s also a busy philanthropist, who founded the National Humane Society and Teen Edge, which provides life defining success strategies to youth, urging young people to not just survive but to thrive. Armed with the right tools and a “Live with Power” attitude, Teen Edge empowers youth with the message that they can be who they want to be.
Ms. Collins is a sophomore at University of South Florida Saint Petersburg, majoring in political science. While in high school, Lindsey accrued over 8,800 volunteer hours through Southeastern Guide Dogs, Community Tampa Bay, Girl Scouts, and Osceola Middle School. Lyndsey participated in The “American Youth: Inspiring Leadership and Civic Participation” Program which included discussion in which she provided a youth voice and perspective for the group as a member of the International Council of the Tampa Bay Region host committee welcoming professionals from Kazakhstan, part of the US State Department International Visitor Leadership Program. Lyndsey was also the president of the Gibbs high school GSA (Gay/Straight Alliance) and focused on inclusion for all members of the campus.
Rachel Hatcherian was first introduced to music by her father and grandmother. Her father was a drummer who played in New York in the 70’s and 80’s, and her grandmother was a cellist and pianist who began to teach Rachel piano at a young age. When she began at St. Petersburg College, she found her love for audio engineering via her professor Mark Matthews. Her main influences are Billie Holiday, Joni Mitchell, and Imogen Heap. Now finishing up her degree in Music Industry/Recording Arts, she spends her time recording in her home studio and playing at local coffee café’s in downtown St. Petersburg with her faithful guitar, Leo.
Inspired by his involvement in the 2009 Bezos Scholars Program and Lawton Chiles Leadership Corps, Blake launched the “I Feel the Need to Read” literacy project which puts books in the hands of underprivileged second grade students from Title I schools and educates community members about literacy and related issues. At the start of the 2011-2012 school year, “I Feel the Need to Read” is in its third year and has expanded to over three high schools, helping over one thousand second grade students in Hillsborough County Title I schools collectively. Blake’s literacy efforts have earned him national recognition in publications such as PARADE Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Edutopia.org. A graduate of Freedom High School in Tampa, Blake currently attends the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he’s a member of Education Center of the Roosevelt Institute, a national student-run policy think-tank, and interns at the Hunt Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy in Chapel Hill, where he assists in researching the Common Core State Standards.
Devante Robinson is a recent graduate of Hillsborough High School, where he was Student Government vice president, a member of the National Honor Society, Key Club and Jr. ROTC for 4 years, and graduated with a 4.75 GPA. Cadet Major Robinson, a Battalion Executive Officer, is now a Freshman at Hillsborough Community College where he is double majoring in medicine and psychology. He is the first of his 11 siblings to attend college and is studying to be a doctor. Devante has been a Big Brother Big Sister “Big” for the last year, and caught TEDxYouth@TampaBay’s attention when he conducted a fundraiser for BBBS and almost single-handedly raised over $800 for the organization. Devante accumulated 226 hours of community service while in high school and comes to TEDxYouth@TampaBay 2011 to share his passion for giving back, for being an active and involved citizen and for refusing to achieve anything less than his full potential.
Matthew , 14, is a freshman in the International Baccalaureate program at Land O Lakes High School. A formerly shy student, Mathew found his voice in art, and found that other young people were grateful for an opportunity to be heard, too. Matthew, who enjoys spending time with his family, visiting theme parks, and acting, shares his voice in the hope that other youth will be heard, too.
Megan Winkelman is a Stanford University student majoring in Human Biology with a concentration in Neurobiology, and pursuing an honors thesis in Feminist Studies. Megan is the founder and CEO of Stanford-based start-up Project Not Alone, a social venture that designs interactive mental health education applications for tablets and implements these modules in Bay Area free clinics. Project Not Alone recently won the 2011 Staples Youth Social Entrepreneur Competition.Megan has received the Dalai Lama Fellowship, the Chappell Lougee Award and the Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity Community Internship Fellowship.
Cesar Hernandez, a former USF Student Body President and Trustee , was born and raised in Brooklyn NY, the first generation born in the U.S from Guatemalan Immigrants. He is currently pursuing his double Bachelor’s Degree in Bio-Medical Science and Political Science. Cesar has a long history of civic engagement, representing the U.S. at the Education Without Borders World , where he was ranked #1 in the world in policy on his research on immigration. Cesar also holds the unofficial record for longest political speech ever. He spoke for 24 hours straight surpassing the previous record of 9 hours held by Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez. Cesar is the CEO and founder of the Seraph Foundation, Chief Operating Officer for Trendsetter Clothing Company, Executive team for the Haiti Recovery and Development Company and the former President of the USF chapter of Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity Inc. He is the recipient of 2009 Overall Chapter President of the Year, Outstanding Student Leader of the Year, 2009 Florida Undergraduate Brother of the Year, 2009 USF Hispanic Heritage Leader Honor, 2009 Leadership Legacy Award. He is a proud Alumnus of the Hesselbein Global Academy and is dedicated to multiplying the light throughout the world.
Elizabeth Ann Baker studied piano with Dr. Luis Sanchez, Carolyn McGovern, Eileen Mattioli, Andrew McCardle, and currently studies with Jeff Donovick. She studied Classical Guitar Performance with Edward Lugo and Mark Switzer at Florida Southern College. In addition, she studied music theory with Rita Fandrich at Florida Southern College as well as with Dr. Vernon Taranto and Jeff Donovick at Saint Petersburg College. Miss Baker has performed in master classes on classical guitar for Jason Vieaux and Dr. Stephen Robinson. Drawing influences from everyday events and personal experience, Baker uses her compositions as a means of expressing a myriad of emotions and ideals. In 2005 Baker began experimenting within the electronic music medium. Employing techniques and merging characteristics from all her studies in functional tonality, pantonal music, chance, field recordings, eastern philosophies, analog synthesis, spoken word and other various genres; Baker has created a sound that is a skillful in its balance and unique in its sound. She currently performs around the state and country in a solo electronic project (also as a duo with live drums by Paul Proco) under the pseudonym Suitcases of Sound.
15 year old Jacob Rice found Shoe Giver of Tampa (SGOT) in 2006 when he was just 10 years old, after learning that children in his community didn’t have properly fitting shoes, and that many had never owned a new pair of shoes. He was looking for something to do that could make a difference, and this seemed like a very basic way to make a big impact. Jacob believed that if children had new shoes that fit correctly, and were comfortable, they would gain more pride,and confidence. Since then, Jacob has distributed over 1300 pairs of shoes to young people locally and internationally. Jacob’s message is a simple one, but also an powerful one in the most basic humanitarian sense: “Every child deserves a new pair of shoes“.