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TEDxTeen - Tara Suri & Niha Jain - Learning to Fail

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Uploaded on Apr 18, 2011

Tara Suri, galvanized by sexism and poverty, she encountered at 13, founded Turn Your World Around, an organization that engages youth in making a global difference. The organization has since raised over $100,000 and impacted and engaged people globally in various initiatives, garnering international awards and media attention. Since arriving at Harvard in the fall of 2009, Tara has focused on learning and engaging critically with what it means to create "impact." To that end, she and her project teammates spent the past summer in a community of women forced into prostitution on the outskirts of New Delhi. She is currently working on a project that uses text messaging to facilitate accountability in the Indian education system. In her spare time, Tara enjoys reading, writing, baking cupcakes, and of late, making chocolate (definitely ask about her chocolate frogs).

Niha Jain is a junior at Harvard University. Since age 13, she has been an advocate for women's rights, mobilizing young girls in her hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana to volunteer at a battered women's shelter and to raise awareness of domestic violence. During college, Niha has collaboratively spearheaded community development projects to empower female sex workers in India. She is currently helping to implement educational interventions in rural India that would allow more adolescent girls to attend school. Niha has served on various national boards, including the America's Promise Alliance Youth Steering Committee and Nestlé Very Best in Youth Foundation Board. For her academic achievements and her commitment to public service, Niha has received awards from the Clinton Global Initiative, the Independence Bowl, Toyota, Prudential, Nestlé USA, and others. For more information, you can read Niha's biweekly column on social impact in The Harvard Crimson (thecrimson.com), or visit the website for the biennial youth leadership summit she founded at generationunitedtosucceed.webs.com

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