The On It Foundation Partners with 'TEDxYouth@ColumbiaSC' for By-Youth-For-Youth Conference March 5, 2016 in Columbia, South Carolina

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The On It Foundation has partnered with TEDxYouth@ColumbiaSC to assist in community outreach to promote the event and assume Fiscal Sponsorship for obtaining donations and corporate sponsors. All proceeds will benefit TEDxYouth@ColumbiaSC event and youth initiatives in South Carolina.

I am truly honored to offer any support for this event and believe that our organizations’ alliance will not only benefit the youth in South Carolina, but also provide support for future initiatives - it’s so much bigger than about us,” said Ms. Phair.

The On It Foundation has partnered with TEDxYouth@ColumbiaSC - South Carolina’s by-youth, for-youth conference that unites high school students from almost 50 schools for a day’s worth of Ideas Worth Spreading - to assist in community outreach to promote the event and assume Fiscal Sponsorship for obtaining donations and corporate sponsors. All proceeds will benefit TEDxYouth@ColumbiaSC and youth initiatives in South Carolina.

The On It Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public non-profit headquartered in Miami, FL and nationally focused on K-12 youth in public and private schools providing free computers and 21st Century Skill Sets to include STEM education.

TEDxYouth@ColumbiaSC will take place in Columbia, SC on March 5, 2016 at Irmo High School’s Center for the Arts. The by-youth, for-youth conference will unite selected South Carolina educators and high school students around the power of ideas through talks given by speakers from around the world and activities that empower youth to learn more about themselves, each other, and the world.

Asked how collaboration of The On It Foundation and TEDxYouth@ColumbiaSC came about, Calvetta Phair, President of The On It Foundation, stated that she saw an article about Kevin Rabinovich’s work in a blog post by the Black Data Processing Associates, a group with which both are involved.

“I contacted Kevin to express my admiration and support for his work with TEDxYouth@ColumbiaSC. We met and the rest is history. I am truly honored to offer any support for this event and believe that our organizations’ alliance will not only benefit the youth in South Carolina, but also provide support for future initiatives…it’s so much bigger than about us,” said Ms. Phair.

This year, the focus of the conference is on giving back, arising out of the organization’s response to the flooding last October. TEDxYouth@ColumbiaSC volunteers worked with SC Flood Relief and the Red Cross. The movement continues with the Idea Grant.

Through this competition, students submit proposals for projects or ideas that they want to explore. Winners receive funding to kickstart their projects and access to resources and people such as CEOs and professors with whom they can meet to discuss and flesh out their idea.

In 2015, TEDxYouth@ColumbiaSC developed and launched some ambitious programs, working directly with TEDx Schools. Each school appoints an Ambassador teacher and Student Leaders who as the event approaches. Last year, 40 TEDx Schools were selected.

This year, South Carolina high school students will once again have the opportunity to come together to be empowered by thinkers and doers from every walk of the life. High school students are eligible to apply through February 7 and can also be nominated to attend the event by teachers. More information is online at TEDxYouthColumbiaSC.com.

Corporate sponsors and donations are IRS tax deductible through The On It Foundation as the Fiscal Sponsor. Please contact Ms. Phair at Info(at)TheOnFoundation(dot)org for further information.

ABOUT TEDx, x = independently organized event:
In 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, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. 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). For more information, visit http://www.TEDxYouthColumbiaSC.com

ABOUT TED:
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast event in nearby Whistler. The annual TEDGlobal conference will be held this October in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. TED's media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. Follow TED on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED.

ABOUT THE ON IT FOUNDATION:
The On It Foundation (Opportunities Necessary to Increase Technology) is a 501(c)(3) public non-profit whose Mission provides free technology resources, 21st Century Skill Sets to include STEM education and Internet access to underprivileged children of low-income families in grades K-12 that receive a free or reduced school lunch, attend a public/private school and reside in the United States. For more information, visit http://www.TheOnItFoundation.org.

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