Elijah Jones
“Diversity for a Child in the Education System: Fact or Fiction”
TEDxYouth@Wilmington :: Agents of Change
April 2nd 2017 at Ursuline Academy

“For the last 2 weeks I have been preparing to speak to one of the largest crowds I have ever spoken in front of. Through this wonderful experience I have learned the importance of practice and how you can never be over prepared. There were many practice hours put into things like hand guessers, speed, and pacing while the audience will only see the 10 or so minutes that I am actually on stage. This TEDx preparation has also allowed me to meet new people. The TEDx experience has connected me with people that share the same ideas.

This has also given me a platform to share my important message. But I quickly realized that I could not share a message that I did not know. This problem led to sleepless nights of research and memorization. The work that is needed required so much from me. But everything became worth it when I thought about how important my message was. I want to say TEDxWilmington has given all 18 speakers a way to reach a broad audience that cares and it also has sparked a new passion concerning the issues we are presenting.

TEDxWilmington as an organization has empowered the youth. They have allowed us to take charge of our presentation.  During this process I was also provided a mentor. He is a previous TEDx presenter and his advice has made me a better public speaker.

Overall this has been one of the most difficult things I have ever done. I would just like to thank TEDxWilmington for allowing me to speak at their program.  It has allowed me to make a lot of people proud. During this TEDx talk preparation I have learned that everything can’t be perfect, but you always have to give perfect effort.”


Elijah Jones is one of 18 speakers who will give 17 TEDx talks at the first TEDxYouth@Wilmington Conference “Agents of Change” on Sunday, April 2, 2017 between 10 am and 5 pm at the Anna Raskob Auditorium in Ursuline Academy, 1106 Pennsylvania Avenue, Wilmington, DE 19806. LEARN MORE about this Speaker.

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