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TEDxPhilly - Ethan Nguyen - On taking chances and pushing back against poverty

Mentor one young person this year and you set them on a journey that will ultimately lead them to an opportunity to change other lives. Dissuaded by a high school guidance counselor from applying to top schools, Ethan Nguyen found encouragement from a supportive local librarian and landed at Vassar. Now a health researcher, Nguyen looks back to his youth and educational opportunities, growing up in the Olney section of Philadelphia, the child of immigrants. "Poverty should never ever ever be the factor that says 'this is all you got and nothing else,'" says Nguyen, who established a mentorship program after completing his education. His challenge to audiences -- mentor one young person this year. Ethan Nguyen is a health researcher at the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on using traditional community networks and social media to help immigrant and minority groups get better health care. 2011 TEDxPhilly conference examined vast interpretations of the theme "The City" on Tuesday, November 8. TEDxPhilly brought together engaging speakers, performers, participants and exhibitors to deconstruct, decipher and explore some of the greatest challenges, innovations, concepts and realities that shape and are shaped by cities and their inhabitants. Philadelphia was the point of departure, but the conversation traveled beyond its borders. The event took place at Temple Performing Arts Center in North Philadelphia. http://www.tedxphilly.comIn the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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