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Personal narrative development and public speaking plays a large role in the One Bead Youth Leadership Program curriculum. We believe kids who can confidently articulate their strengths and weaknesses will be more successful applying for college, interviewing for jobs, and pursuing their passions. Our goal is to give students the opportunity to practice their public speaking skills in a safe environment. 

TEDxBeaconStreet 2017

This year we were partnered with TEDxBeaconStreet to coach seven TEDxYouth speakers. Each speaker taught us something new and left us inspired beyond belief. We are grateful to the team at TEDxBeaconStreet for giving us this opportunity and for providing a platform for students worldwide to share their stories.

Zach Fischer
Daniel McCutchen
Lee Dong
Keila Wakao
Casey Nava
Bryan Thomas
Mike Platco

"Now I’m not saying that you should go home and light your computer on fire (seriously, don’t). But maybe look inside your computer. Ever wonder what’s in there? Get inspired. Break things. Fix things. Go nuts." –Zach Fischer

"Now I’m not saying that you should go home and light your computer on fire (seriously, don’t). But maybe look inside your computer. Ever wonder what’s in there? Get inspired. Break things. Fix things. Go nuts."
–Zach Fischer

"Taking a mindfulness approach to mental illness is not an immediate cure, but embracing mental illness as part of your identity will allow you to communicate with others and give you space to use coping strategies. Strategies like exercise, deep breathing, and exposure and response only work when you are accepting your condition, not repressing it." –Daniel McCutchen  

"Taking a mindfulness approach to mental illness is not an immediate cure, but embracing mental illness as part of your identity will allow you to communicate with others and give you space to use coping strategies. Strategies like exercise, deep breathing, and exposure and response only work when you are accepting your condition, not repressing it."
Daniel McCutchen
 

"Progress is inevitable, but it’s the youth who really decide when the process will start. As the society’s new generation, we have the responsibility to decide what’ll be acceptable in society and what won’t be." –Lee Dong

"Progress is inevitable, but it’s the youth who really decide when the process will start. As the society’s new generation, we have the responsibility to decide what’ll be acceptable in society and what won’t be."
–Lee Dong

 "I found my own special way of supporting my dad, which was to act as normal as possible, and to share my creation of music with him. I want people even younger than me to find their own talent and to make a great impact in people's lives." –Keila Wakao

 "I found my own special way of supporting my dad, which was to act as normal as possible, and to share my creation of music with him. I want people even younger than me to find their own talent and to make a great impact in people's lives."
–Keila Wakao

 "Fear is just an invisible barrier that stops us from pursuing  our passions." –Casey Nava

 "Fear is just an invisible barrier that stops us from pursuing  our passions."
–Casey Nava

"Throughout my endless process of recovery, people continually tell me to reinvent myself and find my new passions. I'm still not ready to let go of who I was, but I think I am ready to abandon the seemingly perfect me, and attempt to uncover the ever-evolving true me." –Bryan Thomas

"Throughout my endless process of recovery, people continually tell me to reinvent myself and find my new passions. I'm still not ready to let go of who I was, but I think I am ready to abandon the seemingly perfect me, and attempt to uncover the ever-evolving true me."
–Bryan Thomas

 "By trying to control social media, you let it control you. But, if you use social media-use it as a place to create, experiment, document-a place to play-you’ll find the happiness you're looking for and more. That’s what 11,000 hours on my phone has taught me. . . . . It's made me a better son, a better husband, and a better parent." –Mike Platco, @mplatco

 "By trying to control social media, you let it control you. But, if you use social media-use it as a place to create, experiment, document-a place to play-you’ll find the happiness you're looking for and more. That’s what 11,000 hours on my phone has taught me. . . . . It's made me a better son, a better husband, and a better parent."
–Mike Platco, @mplatco