Thanks to everyone who participated, attended and watched online.
What an outstanding example of the power of youth.
All TEDxYouthWatsonville talks will be posted here soon.
MEET OUR SPEAKERS AND PERFORMERS
Pamela Velazquez and Ulises Cisneros
Baile Foklorico de Jalisco
TEDxYouth@Watsonville will begin 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.
Dulce Sixtos and Fatima Orta
What do you expect from me?
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.
Looking for Party Supplies?
Eddie is a sophomore at Pajaro Valley High School and a member of the Interact Club and Friday Night Live. Eddie is a strong advocate for public safety as it related to messages youth get from advertising in the City of Watsonville, using the youth voice to spread the word about the Lee Law Project. Join him at TEDxYouth and hear his story and learn how irresponsible advertising affects youth.
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. Lazarus’ poem, put to music by Joe and Lori Butterworth, will be sung by the St. Francis students as we reflect on the history and future of immigration in the United States.
Why Not Believe in Miracles?
From a remote village in China, Jiayao is heading to UC Berkeley next fall. 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. Jiayoa is a senior at Pajaro Valley High School and serves on the Watsonville Youth City Council.
Why Not Send Me to College?
Omar Fabian is a senior at Harbor High School and is president of his school’s Interact Club (Youth version of Rotary, which stands for International Action). 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.
From the Streets to College: Why Not?
Martin Contreras is a senior at Renaissance High in Watsonville. As a kid, with nothing else to do or anybody to stop him, he headed to the streets. This led to poor school attendance, bad grades and other tragic outcomes. Recently, on a visit to Cabrillo College, Martin realized that someone like him could actually go to college and turn his life around. Martin advocates for after school programs and college pathways for young kids. Early intervention programs, he says, could prevent wrong choices and tragic outcomes for youth.
Why Not Stop it Once and For All?
Jonathan is a senior at Pajaro Valley High School and serves on the Watsonville Youth City Council, leading the efforts to reduce youth violence in the community. As a victim of a gang related attack himself, Jonathan is an outspoken advocate for ending violence “Once and For All” urging his peers to unite and take a stand for one another.
I am not contagious!
At the age of 15, Jessica was diagnosed with with T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma, stage 4. After three years of intense chemotherapy and two weeks of brain radiation, she is cancer free. 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.” Jessica’s message of hope and triumph in the most trying circumstances is inspiring.
Why Not Use Love to Heal?
Amber is a senior at Mount Madonna School and wants to pursue a career as a psychotherapist. As part of her study, she traveled to India where she worked with children who are orphaned and living in extreme poverty. Through this journey she 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.
Lunch will be provided by the Teen Kitchen Project with all proceeds providing nutritious meals prepared by teens to the homes of people living with cancer or other life-threatening conditions.
Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre
The Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre will present “Silverstruck” a modern piece inspired by the life and work of Shel Silverstein, author of well-known books like: The Giving Tree, A Light in the Attic and Where the Sidewalk Ends. The piece will be performed to Bach Partita No. 3 in E Major. This piece was choreographed by Shayla Bott and will be introduced by Maja Thomas of Pacific Collegiate School.
Dancers: Johanna Butterworth (Santa Cruz High), Maile Crowder (Pacific Collegiate School), Leah Kaplan (Kirby High), Amelia Busenhart (Mount Madonna), Bisley Kleijnen (Scotts Valley High), Hannah Wilson-James (Santa Cruz High).
Photo by Rainbeau Pictures
Why Not Listen to the Voices of Women?
Although committed to her home town of Watsonville, Rebecca is passionate about improving the lives of oppressed women around the globe. After much research and investigation, this young women is convinced that it will take education and global revolution to make this change. And, the change must happen now with today’s youth.
Why not renew?
Melissa is a senior at Scotts Valley High School and has performed extensive research on the theme of renewable energy storage methods. As societies develop renewable energy generation methods, Melissa is asking: Why not find a way to store this energy for use during peak hours? Melissa will share her exploration and evaluation of various methods based on engineering principles and the impact these methods have on the environments and societies in which they are located.
Peer to Peer, We Can Change the World
As a member of Teen Peer Court, Austin Park has seen first hand the positive impact youth peer to peer mentors have on not only the youth being mentored, but on the mentors themselves. 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. Austin is a senior at Santa Cruz High School and serves as Youth Chief of Police on the Santa Cruz Youth City Council.
Why Not Choose Your Own Religion?
Casey currently serves as Mayor for the Santa Cruz Youth City Council. In addition to being an actor and musician, Casey is an outspoken advocate for improving the quality of life in Santa Cruz County by promoting bicycling and other forms of sustainable transportation. He 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.
Off the Wall
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. You’ll have to come to TEDxYouth@Watsonville to see city walls transformed into gardens of art. Andrew is a sophomore at Ceiba High in Watsonville.
Nahara Villalobos and John Anthony Murillo
Every day we make choices that can change the course of our lives; some choices lead to success and some to death. Nahara is a junior at Watsonville High School and made a choice one day that set her life on a new path. 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 ra
Why Not Put the Gun Down?
At the age of seven, in Chiapas, Mexico, Yoni was shot during the uprising of the Zapatistas. Immigrating to the United States, 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. Yoni’s life is a story of triumph and courage.
Watsonville High School Senior Jackie Lopez will wrap up the day with a beautiful rendition of Bésame. All participants are invited on stage for Jackie’s closing song as we consider together…¿Por qué no?