x = independently organized TED event

Theme: Youth Empowerment Through Education

This event occurred on
November 20, 2010
1:00am - 4:00am PST
(UTC -8hrs)
Palo Alto, California
United States

Knowledge is Power:
Youth Empowerment Through Education

Powered by SEAN

TEDxYouthPaloAlto is a unique event -- organized by youth about youth and for youth. This year’s event focuses on the theme of youth empowerment through education. Attendees will be encouraged to find their muse and turn their ideas into action, in their own lives and in the community. Attendance is limited to 100 to ensure an intimate and interactive experience!

Inspired by the TED conferences, TEDxYouth is intended to bring the TED experience to youth. As part of a global launch, TEDxYouthPaloAlto takes place on Saturday, November 20, 2010. This day is the United Nation’s Universal Children’s Day. Over 50 TEDxYouthDay conferences are being held around the world, including Amsterdam, Bangalore, Budapest, Jakarta, Hong Kong, Lisbon, Sofia, Soweto, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto and around the USA.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxYouthPaloAlto, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxYouthPaloAlto event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events,including ours, are self-organized.

Event sponsor SEAN is the Student Equity Action Network, a 501(c)(3) California non-profit corporation, whose mission is college readiness for all, in our community and beyond. Founded in 2008 by Palo Alto High School students, SEAN has a diverse leadership team comprised of student and community leaders. SEAN works to close the achievement gap through outreach, advocacy and impact projects. For more information, see

This independent TEDx event is operated under license from TED. Members of the SEAN leadership team attended the Craigslist Bootcamp in August 2010, and learned about TED, TEDx and TEDxYouthDay. From there, they applied for a TEDxYouthPaloAlto license, and with great community support we find ourselves here today holding this event!


8:30 a.m. Breakfast Registration
Registration and continental breakfast
Browse informational areas
Watch TED and TEDx videos

9:00 a.m . Welcome
Opening Remarks:
Tremaine Kirkman, Event Host
Welcome Remarks:
Kevin Skelly, PhD, Superintendent, PAUSD

9:15 – 10:00 a.m – Speak Your Truth
Speaker Introductions: SEAN leadership

The Future of Reading is Social
Trip Adler, Founder & CEO Scribd, Gunn High School alumnus

Un-“Doing” School
Denise Clark Pope, Author, “Doing School,”
Founder,, Lecturer. Stanford Education School

The Un-Schooling Mindset
Blake Boles, Home school expert,
author, “College Without High School”

How We Learn to Hate Math
Ramit Varma, Founder & CEO, Revolution Prep

Teens: Tell Your Story
Nadav Gavrielov, Grace Harris, Rachel Mewes, Madison Sevilla, Rachel Stober, Lillian Xie,
Editors of The Campanile, Palo Alto High School’s student newspaper


10:15 – 11:00 a.m. –Know Thy Way
Speaker Introductions: SEAN leadership

Check Yo Self: High Times Post-Prop. 19
Anna Lembke, M.D., Asst. Professor, Stanford Medical School

Free Speech on and off Campus
Noga Firstenberg, Student Rights Fellow, American Civil Liberties Union

Your Right to a Quality Education
Tara Kini, Staff Attorney, Public Advocates

Algebra for All
Jovana Knezevic
Director of Information and Communications,Stanford EPGY

Teens: Float Like A Butterfly
Fatima Alcantar, Aaron Katzman and Steven Scano
East Palo Alto Boxing Club, with Johnnie Gray


11: 15 a.m. – 12:00pm. –Make a Difference
Speaker Introductions: SEAN leadership

All of Us or None
Dorsey Nunn, Executive Director
Legal Services for Prisoners with Children

Transform the World and Yourself
Leif Erickson, Executive Director, Youth Community Service

Make Your Mark on the World
Hon. LaDoris Cordell, Ret. Judge, former Stanford Provost

Our Roots, Our Story
LeVar Burton and Letitia Burton, siblings
LeVar Burton: Star of “Roots,” “Reading Rainbow”, “Star Trek: The Next Generation”
Letitia Burton: Palo Alto High School teacher

Teens: Find Your Muse
Osceola Ward
Youth Poet, Palo Alto High School

12:00pm Wrap-Up and Lunch
Closing Remarks: SEAN leadership
TEDx Lunch: Ideas Worth Spreading
Stay for lunch and spend time with other conference attendees
Watch the 1st half of the Stanford/Cal Big Game (12:30pm kick-off)

650 Page Mill Road
Palo Alto, California, 94304-1050
United States
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Organizing team


  • Al Brooks
    Host Committee
  • Lucas Brooks
    Host Committee
  • Gabe Landa
    Host Committee
  • Chris Martinez
    Host Committee
  • Morris Gates-Mouton
    Host Committee
  • Tyrus Whitehead
    Host Committee
  • JayShawn Gates-Mouton
    Host Committee
  • Justin Gates-Mouton
    Host Committee
  • Romaine Ward
    Host Committee