Jean is a PhD student at Auckland University. Her area of research is the media's portrayal of South Auckland and how South Auckland youth respond to this. We don't tolerate violence in any form, yet stereotyping can have as much of a destructive impact on peoples lives as an act of physical violence. Jean makes a moving call for us to speak out and stand up in the face of these stereotypes.
Jean M Allen is a student at the University of Auckland. She has a background is in education, with experience teaching at primary and tertiary levels. Having been raised and now living in South Auckland, Jean has a strong focus and belief in social justice and her projects aim to inspire and empower people within her local community. She is interested in challenging perceptions of South Auckland by using her position as a university student to provide youth with a platform to be brave and share their experiences of what it means to belong to South Auckland.
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