When the statement ‘police are here to protect me’ separated Lindsay Hower, Executive Director of Summer Search, from the majority of the group at the non-profit at which she works, she took a hard look at her own life experiences vs those she wished to serve. Searching through her own past, she finds plenty of places where she felt different, at risk, an outsider. Yet empathy by itself is not enough. We must activate it. The simple act of supporting local industry is one place to start. For teens, providing the mentorship, resources and guidance can make all the difference – their work has resulted in 7 out of 10 of their students successfully complete their college studies, vs only one in 10 of their peer group.
Lindsay serves as the Executive Director for the San Francisco team of Summer Search, a youth advocacy organization facilitating college access and readiness to talented low-income youth through its signature mentorship model.
A global explorer, former teacher and amateur tri-athlete, Lindsay earned her B.A. from Cornell University with a double major in English and International Development, and her M.A. from the School of International Service at American University.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx