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Theme: Unleash Our Power!

This event occurred on
November 19, 2012
4:00pm - 8:00pm EST
(UTC -5hrs)
Atlanta, GA
United States

TEDxYouth@TheBeltline is Atlanta's annual independent TEDx Youth Day event, which will bring together teen and adult innovators and performers to share ideas worth doing and inspire a new dialogue between teens and adults in Metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia and beyond.

Unleash Our Power is the theme for TEDxYouth@TheBeltline 2012.

Zoo Atlanta
800 Cherokee Avenue
Atlanta, GA, 30315
United States
Event type:
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Haley Kilpatrick

In 2002, at age 15, Haley Kilpatrick dreamed of a program that would help middle school girls deal with the pressures and anxieties of being a young teen. Inspired by her own middle school experience, her vision was high school girls mentoring middle school girls. Haley founded Girl Talk a peer to peer mentoring program with a very simple premise: high school girls mentor middle school girls to help deal with the triumphs and trials of the early teenage years. Since then Girl Talk is now in 43 states and 4 countries and Haley is working hard to have Girl Talk in all 50 states. Haley, now 25, completed her first book, The Drama Years: Real Girls Talk About Surviving Middle School – Bullies, Brands, Body Image, and More in April 2012. Known for dreaming big, Haley’s goal is to see that every middle school girl has access to Girl Talk.

Kick The Robot

Kick the Robot is Dylan Hansen on Drums, Dan Remel on Bass and Vocals and Jesse Scarpone on Guitar and vocals. Formed in 2006, this young power pop trio, driven by original songwriting and outstanding vocal harmonies, bring an infectious new energy to alternative rock. Influenced by everyone from The Beatles and The Zombies to modern day rock stars like Marcy Playground, The Raconteurs and Muse, this group aspires to bring back uninhibited rock ‘n roll. Kick the Robot recently won the Atlanta Hard Rock—Hard Rock Rising 2012 Global Battle of the bands and was runner-up at the 1st annual Masquerade Musicians Showcase.

Jordan Schwartz

Jordan is the founder of The Children's Bilingual Theater and a Freshman at Bryn Mawr College. She began her journey in theater as a 2nd grade cast member in Rapunzel. The motivation, fun and friends kept her in theater and as a 5th grade student she decided to bring her Spanish language heritage, as a young Latina, together with her love of theater. She started The Theater to bridge the language and cultural gap of Spanish speaking students and students learning Spanish. Over 200 volunteers have performed as members of The Theater at venues like Fernbank Museum, Atlanta History Center and others to over 5,000 audience members and countless school audiences.

Raja Selvakumar

Raja, a Davidson Fellow and a BioGENEius Challenge finalist, is a rising junior at Milton High School. In his project, “The Implementation of a Gastro Microbial Fuel Cell in Capsular Nanorobotics,” Raja developed the Gastro Microbial Fuel Cell (GMFC). Based on the microbial fuel cell, the GMFC generates electricity using gastrobacteria, to be used to power capsular nanobots. While a student at Fulton Science Academy Middle School, Raja had the opportunity to pursue various different scientific and mathematical avenues, such as Science Olympiad and Math Olympiad. These experiences carried over to high school where he continued to participate in as many math and science activities as he could. These experiences have inspired Raja with a passion to innovate and bring about a new era of ideas.

Anand Srinivasan

Anand Srinivasan is no stranger to science fairs. The Roswell High School 11th-grader has been entering them since Kindergarten, and winning awards at the state - and recently, international - levels. None of the honors was as thrilling as the one Srinivasan received in February: the chance to attend the 2012 White House Science Fair. His project involved writing a more efficient signal-filtration algorithm for the purpose of creating a robust brain-computer interface - that he used to control a prosthetic arm by thought alone.

Giovan Bazan

Giovan Bazan, 20, is a local and national advocate on youth issues. His wisdom and inspirational message comes from his experiences growing up in the Foster Care and Juvenile Justice systems for the first twenty years of his life. Giovan persevered through one of the most unusually adverse environments and circumstances imaginable. Throughout his advocacy he has tackled a variety of youth issues on topics like running away, homelessness, mental health, truancy, abuse, foster care and juvenile justice. Today, Giovan is actively engaged in Social Justice and Public Policy, helping draft and influence local, state, and national legislation.


GLITCH: GAME TESTERS is a group of disadvantaged African American high school students who have a passion for gaming and a desire to learn about the game industry, fulfilling their dreams of becoming game programmers and designers. The Glitch testers gained real world experience working for game companies testing games and learning to design games. To date the program has had 33 young men participate in the program, of those who have completed high school most have gone on to college to focus on computing or digital media studies.


In Georgia, research shows 7,200 men knowingly or unknowingly purchase sex with adolescent girls each month, and 300 girls are commercially sexually exploited each month. The number of boys is unknown. Spearheaded by the nonprofit youthSpark (formally known as the Juvenile Justice Fund), A Future. Not A Past. is a campaign to stop the prostitution of children in Georgia. The campaign is addressing the issue through a four-tiered strategy of research, prevention, intervention, and education.

Maya Penn

Maya Shea Penn is a 12 year old entrepreneur, philanthropist, designer, artist, animator (who makes animated short films), illustrator, and writer. She is the CEO of Maya's Ideas, a company started in 2008 when Maya was just 8 years old. She creates handmade artisan crafted one-of-a-kind eco-friendly accessories and clothing and Maya has been featured in Forbes, Huffington Post, Ebony, Redbook, Black Enterprise,,The NRDC, and many other publications. Her designs are sold all over the world with customers in Denmark, Italy, Australia and more. 10-20% of Maya's Ideas profits go to causes that she is passionate about like: Hosea Feed The Hungry, Atlanta Community Food Bank, and The Ian Somerhalder Foundation.

Donald Young, Jr.

At the age of 15, Donald Young, Jr. became the youngest boy to win a Junior Grand Slam title (by winning the 2005 Australian Open) and the youngest boy to reach the No. 1 ITF World Junior Ranking (18 and under) in the history of the sport. He was first African-American boy to ever be ranked a No. 1 Junior in the world. Donald has a career-high ATP ranking of World No. 38. He reached the fourth round of the 2011 US Open, which marked his first appearance in the fourth round of a major.

Kayt Shelledy

In the Summer of 2010, I found the inspiration that led me to create the initiative, It's OK To Be Gay. There was a lack of resources for LGBTQ within the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America, and I wanted to fill that gap. As a precocious thirteen year old, I did what I was best at: I manipulated social networking. I created a Facebook group, and from that I have created a nation wide network of friends and allies that believe in the power of advocacy. This summer during BPFNA, a mentor and I taught a class designed to help youth find their areas of interest and make a tangible difference through fundraising, coordinating with authority, and creating networks to help in the cause. It's OK To Be Gay has fulfilled me and encouraged me to do more and encourage others to find their passion and make a difference.

Hasib Muhammad

Hasib is Program Director at Greening Forward, a youth-driven environmental advocacy non-profit organization who's message has reached 6,000 youth in 30 communities in the US, Asia, and Africa. Hasid's passion for the environment comes from his ancestral homeland of Bangladesh. He believes that every young person can make a difference through servant leadership and that everyone has a voice to be heard. Hasib, 15, is a sophomore at North Gwinnett High School in Suwanee, Georgia.

Organizing team


Atlanta, GA, United States
  • Erica Jong
  • Sheri Davis-Faulkner
    Team TNT Facilitator
  • Sheryl Bennett
    Facility Coordinator
  • Allison Gars
    Speaker Coordinator
  • Tiffany Rivers
    Team TNT Facilitator
  • Rob Brawner
    Public Relations
  • Malcolm Barnard
    Team TNT Member
  • Chelsea Allen
    Team TNT Member
  • Lucy Grant
    Team TNT Member
  • Raina Gars
    Team TNT Member
  • Alexis Woodhouse
    Team TNT Member
  • Manal Sidi
    Team TNT Member
  • Kimberly White
    Team TNT Member
  • Kalyann Teasley
    Team TNT Member
  • Jackson Teasley
    Team TNT Member