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Okay, here’s why the Mario Savio Memorial Lecture & Young Activist Award is close to my heart:
- I work for Tides (which facilitates this prize).
- I share Mario’s alma mater (check him out here, listed right below Cleve Jones, founder of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, which was fiscally sponsored by Tides when I arrived here in 2007).
- I’m on the board of Third Wave Foundation (a feminist, activist foundation that grants to organizations powered by young women and transgender youth, ages 15 to 30) because I believe that investing in youth leadership accelerates social change.
- Craziest of all? I believe that YouTube is sparking a renaissance in public oratory.
So, in tribute to Mario and to kick off nominations this year, I share these inspiring clips featuring young public orators. I clearly have biases, so if you have a video you would rather see on this list, please comment below to share it with me. If I get 10+ video suggestions, I’ll include them in a sequel to this post. Let the jams begin.
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The Board of Directors of the Mario Savio Memorial Lecture & Young Activist Award, housed at Tides Foundation, invites you to nominate a candidate for the annual Young Activist Award, given to a young person (or persons) with a deep commitment to human rights and social justice and a proven ability to transform this commitment into effective action. The nominees should have demonstrated leadership ability, creativity and integrity. Details: www.savio.org
Remember Mario on YouTube: