For the past 9 months, our entire team has worked tirelessly to build this event from an abstract blueprint into what took place this past Saturday. I never thought that I would be part of a group of high schoolers would be able to accomplish what we managed to pull off at the August Wilson Center. I would be remiss if I didn’t also acknowledge the failures along the way – the dropped speakers, the various contractual difficulties, the initial sponsorship drought – that worried me that the event wouldn’t be as successful as initial hopes. But with the power of our team, we managed to push through, building relationships and learning skills along the way. 

Thank you to everyone that helped make TEDxYouth Shadyside a huge success. Saturday was one of the busiest, yet rewarding, days of my life. The past 9 months have been a whirlwind of activity, yet I wouldn’t have had it any other way. Thank you to Jay Deal for being a great videographer and team member, to Joey Kennedy for taking the time to capture the essence of the event, to Amy Hartzell for driving a Uhaul and doing much much more, to everyone at The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust for providing such a wonderful venue, to everyone part of the team, to our sponsors TiE Pittsburgh, Come Ready Nutrition, Fairmont Pittsburgh, Provident Charter School, and more, and to all of the parents involved in such an undertaking.

This event was designed to promote the revolutions happening in our region and with our youth. I believe it is safe to say, “Mission Accomplished.” But we aren’t done yet. This is simply the beginning. In the next month, we will recuperate, decide on our next event date, and make it happen. Look out for opportunities to join the team, attend, and sponsor. Welcome to student-led learning. Welcome to inter-school coordination. Welcome to the future of Pittsburgh’s youth.

Shaan Fye, Student Organizer