May 19, 2013 • Mello Center for the Performing Arts • Watsonville
As community leaders, the Watsonville Youth City Council has learned to ask: Why Not? – ¿Por qué no? They selected this as the theme for TEDxYouth@Watsonville. When contemplating issues that directly affect the quality of life for youth in the community, this theme elicits purposeful responses: – Why not change the world, even though you’re not an adult?
Why not say “no” when everyone is saying “yes”…or the other way around?
Why not be the first in your family to go to college?
Why not express yourself through your chosen art?
Why not ask Why Not?
TEDxYouth@Watsonville is not just looking for great “speakers” to share ideas at TEDxYouth. There are many ways to share ideas worth spreading. Check out the ideas so far:
One student envisions sharing her ideas through spoken word in order to encourage others with: Why Not speak out change your world?
The Santa Cruz Ballet Theater will perform a dance interpretation of the work of poet, Shel Silverstein to Bach Partita No. 3 in E Major, asking: Why not use 18th century music to interpret modern poetry though modern dance?
A victim of a gang attack, will ask: Why not report gang crime, even though there might be retaliation?
Why not go to college, even if you’re Latina…especially if you’re Latina?
The interpretations of the theme Why Not? are as vast as the creativity of our Santa Cruz County Youth.
TEDxYouth@Watsonville began with a traditional Baile Foklorico from the State of Jalisco, Mexico danced by Pamela Velazquez and the Watsonville Youth City Council Chief of Police, Ulises Cisneros. Pamela and Ulises are both freshmen at Ceiba College Prep High School in Watsonville.
Illustrating her own personal story, Nahara will challenge youth to consider the consequences of choices made by youth and for youth. Nahara's will be joined by Watsonville High student John Anthony Murillo who will set her message of Choices to rap.
Spending most of her high school years in and out of the hospital, bald and exhausted from treatment, Jessica learned what true friendship means when many of her friends gave up on her or feared they might "catch her cancer."
TEDxYouth will be graced by the voices of students from St. Francis High School as they present "Mother of Exiles" a song based on the poem "The New Colossus" written by Emma Lazarus in 1883 for the Statue of Liberty.
Andrew is an artist with an idea worth spreading: Let's use a particular kind of art to cover the walls of our cities, one that graffiti won't stick to. It is a way to beautify our community and it allows youth to participate in a way that is fun and environmentally friendly.
Using both statistics and anecdotes, Austin will show that peer to peer programs can turn communities around. He will question why youth are reluctant to become leaders, and give practical methods for spreading leadership through the community's youth.
These two courageous young women will challenge us to reflect on our individual and societal expectations for young Latina women. Drawing from research and personal experience Fatima and Dulce believe we must talk about it in order to raise expectations and change stereotypes.
Jiayao will inspire others to make the most of opportunities and work to ensure that all youth around the world are given opportunities to make their own miracles happen through sacrifice, dedication and hard work.
Casey has read the Koran, the Bible and the Talmut cover to cover and will encourage youth to make their own personal choices when it comes to religion, spirituality or faith (whatever you want to call it!) And, he just might entertain us with some banjo, too.
Yoni was bullied at school and sought protection from a gang when he attended Watsonville High. Yoni's life story and message: Why Not Put the Gun Down? is relevant for youth involved in gangs and adults involved in war.
Omar will be sharing the experience of many youth known as the "Dreamers" and ask "Why not send me to college?" Using investment statistics, Omar will show that college for young people like him is a good investment.
Through a journey to India Amber saw children in horrific circumstances discover themselves as vibrant human beings without the help of modern pills or therapy. Amber came to the conclusion that love is the best therapy and asks why it tends to be ignored in the western healing systems.
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