The Pasadena Tournament of Roses hosted the #ThisGen2023 Youth Empowerment Forum presented by Meta. The event brought together more than 250 Southern California youth. It featured an impressive lineup of panelists from some of the most influential sports, entertainment, and technology organizations, including LA Times, NFL, Red Bull, and the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation!
The speakers shared their experiences and insights with attendees, focusing on empowering the next generation of leaders. The discussions centered on leadership, breaking barriers, and finding success by doing what you love. Participants also had the opportunity to learn about career opportunities in science, technology, and art and how they can use their talents in the professional world.
“We’re honored to host such an inspiring event and bring together students and professionals from various industries and backgrounds,” said Pasadena Tournament of Roses President Alex Aghajanian. “The Tournament of Roses is proud to support our community by providing meaningful and rewarding experiences. #ThisGen2023 enriched the lives of so many, and we’re thrilled to see the young attendees leave feeling empowered and ready to take on the world.”,
Meta served as the presenting sponsor of the daylong event and offered attendees immersive VR experiences and a demo of Meta’s Quest 2 headsets for a glimpse of a potential career in tech.
Additionally, support was provided through the Kindness is Free Program by the Boys & Girls Clubs, an Official Kindness Partner of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses.
“It was cool hearing from the people speaking and the advice they gave us,” said Christian Villegas from Marshal Fundamental High School. “We heard stories about what the panelists did to get to their dream job, and I learned a lot.”
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