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Tuesday, March 19, 2013


TEDxTeen 2013


Chelsea Clinton

More than 300 teenagers and adults in the youth space gathered for TEDxTeen 2013, an independently organized conference presented by the We Are Family Foundation, that focused the conversation on teens and their power to change the world, hosted by Chelsea Clinton on Saturday, March 16, 2013, at Scholastic's global world headquarters in New York City. Andrew Jenks, creator of MTV’s World of Jenks and author of “Andrew Jenks: My Adventures as a Young Filmmaker,” joined in to host TEDxTeen 2013’s online global audience at, where people from 141 countries tuned in to experience the conference streaming live.

The theme of the fourth annual TEDxTeen conference, “The Audacity of whY,” resonates with Generation Y – or more appropriately, “Generation Why?” – as they turn over established regimes, age-old thinking, and timeless truths, through social media, the power of crowds and an unswerving belief that they have the right to know “why?”.

In addition to Chelsea Clinton and Andrew Jenks, TEDxTeen 2013 featured a number of speakers and performers who are each leading the global “whY” revolution in their own way, including Amaryllis Fox, Founder & CEO of mulu; Caine Monroy, creator of Caine's Arcade; Dylan Vecchione, Founder of ReefQuest; photographer Joseph Peter; Global Minimum Innovate Salone 2012 winner Kelvin Doe; Kristopher Bronner, co-creator of UNREAL™ Brands; musical prodigy Kuha'o Case; Ndaba Mandela, grandson of Nelson Mandela and co-founder & co-chairman of the Africa Rising Foundation; Sophie Umazi, creator of I AM KENYAN; R&B/Soul Singer Tallia Storm; Tania Luna, CEO of Surprise Industries; and Maria Toorpakai Wazir, Pakistan's No. 1-ranked women's squash player.

TEDxTeen 2013 Talks will begin to go live on on Saturday, March 23, 2013. One talk will be released each day until all Talks are online.

Chelsea Clinton: In the Arena

The conversation began with host Chelsea Clinton’s talk, during which the former first daughter expressed her belief in the power of Generation Y to change the world. Clinton addressed the teens in the audience, telling them that their ideas are worth spreading and that they must find a way to make their voices heard in order to incite change.

“If you have the opportunity and the means to do something, you should do it. When there is something you want to accomplish, even if you don’t have the opportunity and means, you should make it for yourself. Engaging in the work of the world is hard but it’s the best kind of work,” Clinton encouraged the audience. “As we say in my family, it’s always better to get caught trying.”

Caine Monroy: Outside the Box

The next and youngest speaker at TEDxTeen 2013, Caine Monroy, was just 9 years old when he created “Caine's Arcade,” which became the subject of a documentary by filmmaker Nirvan Mullick. Monroy formed his arcade with a large amount of cardboard and a soaring imagination, by designing games, creating customer passes and even prizes. Mullick's film has received over 7 million views, along with 120,000 Facebook fans. Monroy has inspired more than 100 schools in 9 different countries to create their own cardboard arcades. Monroy’s talk focused on thinking “Outside the Box,” as his story proves that a child's imagination is limitless. With persistence and creativity, Caine Monroy managed to change not only his local community, but communities around the globe.

Saturday, February 02, 2013



Jean Shafiroff

Taylor Dayne And Nancy Hunt

Tara Fowler And Montel Williams

LuAnn De Lesseps And Aviva Drescher

Ramona Singer And Judy Goss

Kate Pierson With Adam Lambert,Taylor Dayne And Nile Rodgers

Justin Tryon

Daniel H. Stern

Angelo David
The We Are Family Foundation® (WAFF), a not-for-profit organization founded by legendary songwriter and producer, Nile Rodgers, honored Adam Lambert with the Unity Award at its annual Celebration Gala, on Thursday, January 31, 2013, at Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. The evening was hosted by actress Rosie Perez and TourĂ©, co-host of MSNBC’s “The Cycle,” and included a concert featuring Adam Lambert, Nile Rodgers & CHIC and special guests, Taylor Dayne, Grandmaster Melle Mel, Grandmaster Caz, Kathy Sledge, Sam Sparro, and Russell Peters. The night kicked off with a star-studded red carpet and cocktail hour where guests mingled and congratulated extraordinary global citizens Adam Lambert and fellow honorees, Jeni Stepanek, Ph.D. and Reservoir Capital Group founder Daniel H. Stern, as well as a group of 21 extraordinary teenagers who are part of WAFF’s Three Dot Dash Global Teen Leader program. 

Jim Wallerstein And Bebe Buell


Adam Lambert
 Other notable attendees included WAFF President Nancy Hunt; WAFF Director Emeritus & Television Host Montel Williams; WAFF WAFF Director Emeritus & Tommy Boy Entertainment Founder & CEO Tom Silverman; WAFF Board of Governors member & The B-52’s Singer Kate Pierson; Musician & Model Bebe Buell; Musician & Producer Jim Wallerstein; New York Giants Cornerback Justin Tryon; Actress Sean Young; Power 105.1 Radio Personality Angela Yee; Real Housewives of New York City Aviva Drescher, LuAnn De Lesseps, Ramona Singer and husband Mario; The Smiths Bass Guitarist Andy Rourke; The Village People singer Randy Jones; Author & Television Personality Kelly Cutrone; Hip Hop Artist Q-Tip; Celebrity Hairstylist Angelo David; Celebrity Psychic Thomas John; Celebrity Eyebrow Stylist Joey Healy; Television Personality, Founder & CEO, Over 40 Females Judy Goss; Philanthropist Jean Shafiroff; Celebrity DJ & Founder of Rasa Music Donna D’Cruz; Love & Hip Hop Star Lore'l; Singer, Songwriter & Radio Personality Fonzi Thornton; Rock Keyboardist Rob Sabino; Former Ford Models CEO Katie Ford; United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Malaria Ray Chambers; Percussionist & Drummer Gerardo Velez; Architect, Designer, Founder & Rockwell Group CEO David Rockwell; Documentary Filmmaker & Portrait Photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders; Warner Bros. Records Vice President & Sire Records Co-Founder Seymour Stein; and WAFF Board of Governors member & Entertainment Industry Executive Michael Ostin.

Rosie Perez

Thomas John And Joey Healy

After an introduction by TourĂ©, WAFF Founder & Chairman, legendary songwriter and producer Nile Rodgers took the stage to welcome the evening’s guests. WAFF President Nancy Hunt spoke next, thanking guests for their support and emphasizing the significance of investing in the world’s youth through WAFF’s mission and existing programs such as Three Dot Dash, WAFF’s signature program, which identifies, supports and mentors Global Teen Leaders actively working on programs that address basic human needs and promoting a more peaceful world; and TEDxTeen, a global educational platform for extraordinary teens to share their stories and inspire millions.

“These are the leaders of the NOW and the future,” Hunt said. “These are the people that really exemplify the We Are Family Foundation. These are the people we have invested in, and these are the people that you have invested in tonight.”

After an introduction by WAFF Board of Governors members Rosie Perez, who wore a jumpsuit by Lorena Sarbu, and Simon Cohen, 21 Global Teen Leaders from eight different countries spoke about their experiences with the program and how they have been able to affect positive change in the world.