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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Teens on a Mission: TEDx Teen Features NSHSS Members

Win 2 Tickets to Attend!

On Saturday, March 16, 2013, the We are Family Foundation will host the fourth TEDxTeen conference in New York City with conversations focusing on teens and their power to change the world. The 2013 program addresses the question, “The Audacity of whY”. Our long-time corporate partner, Abercrombie & Fitch, is a sponsor of this year’s TEDxTeen conference. To make it possible for you to experience the event in person, A&F is awarding TWO (2) tickets to attend this sold-out conference. Follow @corleytodd or visit the TEDxTeen sponsors page ( to learn how to win. In recent years, some of your fellow members have been featured speakers at this event. Don't miss your chance to attend.

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We are pleased to highlight NSHSS members who have been featured speakers at the TEDxTeen conference:



Sujay Tyle
Make Your Own Road  (2012)

Teens On A Mission Tedx Teen Features NSHSS Members 1Sujay Tyle, an NSHSS scholarship recipient and student council member while at Harvard University, is currently the Vice President of Business Development at Scopely, a venture-backed social gaming company in Los Angeles. He was awarded one of Peter Thiel's 20 under 20 Fellowships and took a leave of absence from Harvard University in 2011, where he had enrolled at age 15. Prior to working at Scopely, Sujay led Market Strategy at Kyruus, a healthcare IT start-up in Boston. While at Harvard, Sujay worked at the Blackstone Group in Tokyo, Japan and conducted malaria research in Dakar, Senegal. Sujay and his older brother Sheel founded ReSight in 2008, which democratizes eye care services and employs "vision guardians," underprivileged citizens who have previously undergone eye treatment with ReSight's aid. Over 40,000 people have been screened to date with their pilot partner, the LV Prasad Eye Institute. Sujay has received distinctions from AT&T, Coca-Cola, DuPont, HSBC, Intel, Sanofi-Aventis, The Thiel Foundation, The Weather Channel and Toyota. He has been featured on 60 Minutes, ABC, CNBC, and FOX, and in BusinessWeek, Forbes, and India Abroad for his achievements.


Dylan (Krishna) Mahalingam
The Ripple Effect (2011)

Teens On A Mission Tedx Teen Features NSHSS Members 2NSHSS Member Dylan (Krishna) Mahalingam, of Derry, NH, has been named one of 25 most powerful and influential young people in the world by Youth Service America sponsored by The Huffington Post. Dylan, an international social activist and a senior at Pinkerton Academy, was also recently awarded the Presidential Call to Service Award in recognition of a lifetime of service and was featured last summer in the Scholar's Journal.

Dylan is the founder of Lil' MDGs, a unique international development and youth empowerment organization; Lil' MDGs is now an initiative of Jayme's Fund. Dylan founded Lil' MDGs, a non-profit based in New Hampshire, when he was 9 years old. Lil' MDGs mission is to leverage the power of the Internet to educate, engage, inspire, and empower children in all corners of the world to help meet the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Lil' MDGs now has more than 20,000 volunteers hailing from 39 countries. Dylan is a youth speaker for the United Nations Environment Programme and United Nations Development Programme, and he travels internationally to speak to various groups. Dylan is also a panelist and speaker for the United Nations Global Forum on ICT & Development. Disney has selected Lil' MDGs to be one of its ongoing volunteering opportunities in New Hampshire.


Sejal Hathi
Empowering Girl Change Makers (2010)

Teens On A Mission Tedx Teen Features NSHSS Members 3Sejal Hathi is a Claes Nobel Academic Scholarship recipient and senior at Yale University studying biology and international relations. An avid social entrepreneur, Sejal founded the international non-profit Girls Helping Girls at age 15 and, as CEO, has since helped train and mentor thousands of girls worldwide to incubate entrepreneurial projects addressing global issues, in more than 20 countries.

Among several other projects, she has additionally worked as a USA Ambassador for Ashoka's Youth Venture, as a National Board of Directors member for Youth Service America and Girls for A Change, as a Youth Advisory Board member for State Farm Insurance, and as a founding and Steering Committee member of the World Bank's Youth, Development, & Peace Network of North America. Sejal has additionally received national awards from the Coca-Cola Company, Nestle Corporation, National Merit Corporation, Taco Bell Foundation, Kohl's Corporation, Discover Financial Services, the U.S. Secretary of Education, and the President of the United States for her ac