Springside Chestnut Hill Academy Sophomore Rekha Dhillon-Richardson was selected to be a speaker at TEDxSoleburySchool on Sunday, May 17. TEDxSoleburySchool is a one-day event featuring inspirational students who share their passions and ideas regarding key components of change and innovation.
Dhillon-Richardson interest and passion for educating youth about climate change landed her a spot on the speaker series.
“I came up with the idea of hosting a Girls Climate Change Summit out of a love for nature that I’ve had for as long as I can remember,” she said. “I think it is so important to value the environment we have been given.”
Dhillon-Richardson is doing this work as a part of her project through the CEL Venture Incubator – a program at SCH where students have the opportunity to work on real ventures under the guidance and tutelage of accomplished entrepreneurs and professionals. She will be hosting a summit on April 25 that will include workshops, speakers, presentations, team-building activities, and thought-provoking conversations.
The purpose of the summit is to raise awareness about climate change, promote youth advocacy, and spark local change in the Greater Philadelphia area. Dhillon-Richardson is hoping to partner with local schools and organizations for the summit.
Fortunately, Dhillon-Richardson has some experience going into the TEDx event. She interned at the David Suzuki Foundation and Justice for Girls in the summer of 2012, presented at the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child (regarding climate issues) in the fall of 2012, and went to Toronto in the spring of 2013 to speak to youth about climate issues.
This is Dhillon-Richardson’s second year in the CEL Venture Incubator. At the end of her first year, she received a $400 grant from GRinCH (“Green in Chestnut Hill”), a group that is interested in furthering sustainable practices in Chestnut Hill, for her work with climate change.
For more information on Springside Chestnut Hill Academy’s CEL Venture Incubator, visit www.sch.org/CELVI.