Unleash Our Minds
Kick The Robot
Kick the Robot is Dylan Hansen on Drums, Dan Remel on Bass and Vocals and Jesse Scarpone on Guitar and vocals. Formed in 2006, this young power pop trio, driven by original songwriting and outstanding vocal harmonies, bring an infectious new energy to alternative rock. Influenced by everyone from The Beatles and The Zombies to modern day rock stars like Marcy Playground, The Raconteurs and Muse, this group aspires to bring back uninhibited rock ‘n roll. They’ve played shows at The Vinyl, Masquerade, Red Light Café, The Melting Point and Sweetwater Live and were showcased for music industry leaders at the 2011 Atlanta DRIVEN Music Conference. Kick the Robot recently won the Atlanta Hard Rock—Hard Rock Rising 2012 Global Battle of the bands and was runner-up at the 1st annual Masquerade Musicians Showcase.
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Maya Shea Penn
Maya Shea Penn is a 12 year old entrepreneur, philanthropist, designer, artist, animator (who makes animated short films), illustrator, and writer. She is the CEO of Maya's Ideas, a company started in 2008 when Maya was just 8 years old. She creates handmade artisan crafted one-of-a-kind eco-friendly accessories and clothing and Maya has been featured in Forbes, Huffington Post, Ebony, Redbook, Black Enterprise, Etsy.com,The NRDC, and many other publications. Her designs are sold all over the world with customers in Denmark, Italy, Australia and more. 10-20% of Maya's Ideas profits go to causes that she is passionate about like: Hosea Feed The Hungry, Atlanta Community Food Bank, and The Ian Somerhalder Foundation. Maya was honored as an entrepreneur at the 2012 SCLC Women's 33rd Annual Drum Major for Justice Awards in the Youth Category. She was honored along with actor and Humanitarian Sean Penn, Actor Samuel L. Jackson, Rev. Al Sharpton, and several others.
Raja, a Davidson Fellow and a BioGENEius Challenge finalist, is a junior at Milton High School. In his project, “The Implementation of a Gastro Microbial Fuel Cell in Capsular Nanorobotics,” Raja developed the Gastro Microbial Fuel Cell (GMFC). Based on the microbial fuel cell, the GMFC generates electricity using gastrobacteria, to be used to power capsular nanobots. While a student at Fulton Science Academy Middle School, Raja had the opportunity to pursue various different scientific and mathematical avenues, such as Science Olympiad and Math Olympiad. These experiences carried over to high school where he continued to participate in as many math and science activities as he could. These experiences have inspired Raja with a passion to innovate and bring about a new era of ideas.
GLITCH - Chris Dayton and Greg White
GLITCH: GAME TESTERS is a group of disadvantaged African American high school students who have a passion for gaming and a desire to learn about the game industry, fulfilling their dreams of becoming game programmers and designers. The Glitch testers gained real world experience working for game companies testing games and learning to design games. To date the program has had 33 young men participate in the program, of those who have completed high school most have gone on to college to focus on computing or digital media studies.
Anand Srinivasan is no stranger to science fairs. The Roswell High School 11th-grader has been entering them since Kindergarten, and winning awards at the state - and recently, international - levels. None of the honors was as thrilling as the one Srinivasan received in February: the chance to attend the 2012 White House Science Fair. His project involved writing a more efficient signal-filtration algorithm for the purpose of creating a robust brain-computer interface - that he used to control a prosthetic arm by thought alone. He hopes that such software-based methods will allow assistive technologies to someday emulate the human body, in the process making lives easier through technology.
William, 17 is an entrepreneur at heart who has been fascinated with the idea of starting his own company for as long as he can remember. Starting at a very young age with everything from the typical lemonade stands to things as crazy as pet golfballs, William created what he considers his first "real" business in 6th grade—an online blog. A year later, he began buying and selling iPods on eBay, and, in 8th grade, he began to teach himself programing from free online Stanford courses. Fueled with the idea of creating an iPhone app business, William founded Imagination Research Labs, LLC which has, to date, released over 14 iOS apps. They have been downloaded over 4.5 million times, peaked at #2 the entire App Store, and been featured in the New York Times, FOX News, and others. 1 in 16 US teenagers have one of William's apps.
In 2002, at age 15, Haley dreamed of a program that would help middle school girls deal with the pressures and anxieties of being a young teen. Inspired by her own middle school experience, her vision was high school girls mentoring middle school girls. Haley founded Girl Talk a peer to peer mentoring program with a very simple premise: high school girls mentor middle school girls to help deal with the triumphs and trials of the early teenage years. Since then Girl Talk is now in 43 states and 4 countries and Haley is working hard to have Girl Talk in all 50 states. Haley, now 25, completed her first book, The Drama Years: Real Girls Talk About Surviving Middle School – Bullies, Brands, Body Image, and More in April 2012. Known for dreaming big, Haley’s goal is to see that every middle school girl has access to Girl Talk.
Session II: Makers
Jordan is the founder of The Children's Bilingual Theater and a Sophomore at Bryn Mawr College. She began her journey in theater as a 2nd grade cast member in Rapunzel. The motivation, fun and friends kept her in theater and as a 5th grade student she decided to bring her Spanish language heritage, as a young Latina, together with her love of theater. She started The Theater to bridge the language and cultural gap of Spanish speaking students and students learning Spanish. Over 200 volunteers have performed as members of The Theater at venues like Fernbank Museum, Atlanta History Center and others to over 5,000 audience members and countless school audiences.
Greening Forward - Hasib Muhammad
Hasib (on the left with founder Charles Ogborn) is Program Director at Greening Forward, a youth-driven environmental advocacy non-profit organization who's message has reached 6,000 youth in 30 communities in the US, Asia, and Africa. Hasid's passion for the environment comes from his ancestral homeland of Bangladesh. He believes that every young person can make a difference through servant leadership and that everyone has a voice to be heard. Hasib, 15, is a sophomore at North Gwinnett High School in Suwanee, Georgia.
In the Summer of 2010, Kayt found the inspiration that led her to create the initiative, It's OK To Be Gay. There was a lack of resources for LGBTQ within the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America, and Kayt wanted to fill that gap. As a precocious thirteen year old, Kayt did what she was best at: she manipulated social networking. Kayt created a Facebook group, and from that Kayt has created a nation wide network of friends and allies that believe in the power of advocacy. This summer during BPFNA, a mentor and Kayt taught a class designed to help youth find their areas of interest and make a tangible difference through fundraising, coordinating with authority, and creating networks to help in the cause. It's OK To Be Gay has fulfilled 16 year old Kayt and encouraged her to do more and encourage others to find their passion and make a difference.
Macio Thompkins is a 19 year old employee of the City of Atlanta and a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta. Growing up on the Northwest side of Atlanta, Macio had to overcome numerous challenges and hurdles to achieve his dream of graduating high school and being a model of success for his family and friends. However, thanks to Beyond the Bricks program offered this summer at Georgia State University, Macio dreams now include sharing his talent with the world and his message of determination and success.
In Georgia, research shows 7,200 men knowingly or unknowingly purchase sex with adolescent girls each month, and 300 girls are commercially sexually exploited each month. The number of boys is unknown. Spearheaded by the nonprofit youthSpark (formally known as the Juvenile Justice Fund), A Future. Not A Past. is a campaign to stop the prostitution of children in Georgia. The campaign is addressing the issue through a four-tiered strategy of research, prevention, intervention, and education. AFNAP’s mission is to protect and inspire hope in our girls and boys, the true victims of this illicit practice, as well as to disable demand and prosecute the pimps and johns who make the sexual exploitation of children a gruesome reality.