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At One Bead, we provide platforms for children to bravely voice their beliefs, opinions, and ideas about what is happening in the world. We cultivate leaders not solely defined by their intelligence, but also by their passion, empathy, and resilience.

Youth Leadership Programs (YLPs)

YLPs are the main program service offered by our organization. We partner with schools and after-school organizations in the Greater Boston Area to provide a customized social impact experience for elementary and middles school-aged students. Our innovative model for programming gives youth an opportunity to positively impact their own community, while being introduced to topics such as finance, marketing, and public speaking. When children are given complete agency over a project that directly benefits those around them, their confidence and ability to empathize with others skyrockets.

Here is how they are changing the world →

Youth Voices

We are firm believers in the power of self-expression and leadership exploration at any grade level to encourage students forward on their path to higher education. This year, as a member of the 2018 TEDxYouth @BeaconStreet leadership team, we made it our mission to find and nominate Youth Speakers representing all of Boston's diverse neighborhoods to give talks on November 10th. We have always been advocates for story-telling–now TEDxYouth @BeaconStreet has given Boston's young people a platform to share their personal narratives in effort to better the community as a whole.

Read more about our 2018 TEDxYouth Speakers →


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In 2018, our team doubled in size, tripled our program partnerships, and joined forces with TEDxYouth @BeaconStreet to increase Youth Speaker nominations by over 300%. We have a lot to be grateful for and want to celebrate each of these milestones with you. Check out our events in Boston, NYC, D.C., and Denver OR donate online and receive a limited edition beanie.


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You're the real deal. We believe in your ideas, values, and ability to succeed. We are not here to be your teacher, parent, or tutor. We are here to share a different perspective. We promise to be honest, to listen, and to always give you 110%. You know some things about life and we know some things about public speaking, strong handshakes, and what it means to be a boss. Together, we can make a difference. We can invent solutions to problems that previously seemed unsolvable. We can learn from each other's experiences and write a new chapter for ourselves that radiates unity, empathy, and admiration for others. You are the reason our team wakes up everyday excited to go to work. You are important. We can't wait to meet you.

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TEDxYouth @BeaconStreet, an independently organized TED event, features world class Youth Speakers for a cross-generational audience. This year, One Bead joined the TEDxYouth @BeaconStreet curation team to curate and coach Youth Speakers from all over the Greater Boston Area. We could not be prouder of the 18 Speakers who represented their peers, families, and communities on Saturday, November 10th, 2018. Read more.


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Why One Bead?

Our name is as unique as our model for impact. And that model is inspired by a trip to Kenya our Founder took in college. While there, she met a glassblower who helped her make beads, impact a community, and ultimately found a nonprofit centered around the idea of giving back. Key takeaway? It all started with one bead.