Very Vital Teen Voices

Over 2 years ago, “06880” reported on Alexis Texeira. Just a few months after entering Staples, the freshman had formed a club. Teen Vital Voices — the 1st high school branch of a not-for-profit organization launched by Hillary Clinton and Madeline Albright to identify, train and empower women leaders around the globe — was inspired by Kakenya Ntaiya, a visionary woman who started a school in Kenya.

Two years later, Teen Vital Voices thrives. Raising funds for tuition and supplies, it has made an impact on countless Kenyans’ lives. It’s impacted many Staples students too.

Kakenya, at her school.

Next Wednesday (April 25), Kakenya returns to Westport to celebrate the fulfillment of her dream. She’ll speak to the Teen Vital Voices group after school, and accept a substantial donation for her Kakenya Center for Excellence. New club members will meet Kakenya for the first time.

The next morning, she’ll speak in the Staples library. That evening (Thursday, April 26, 7 p.m.) she’ll headline a public event at Christ & Holy Trinity Church.

After that, Kakenya — a woman engaged to marry at age 5, who somehow convinced village elders to allow her to attend college in the US, and who returned home to pass the gift of education on to other young girls — heads to the University of Pittsburgh.

There, she’ll receive her doctorate in education.

(The Christ & Holy Trinity event is a fundraiser for Kakenya’s school. Suggested tax-deductible donations are $25 for adults, $5 for students. For more information call Sue Glendinning at 203-938-2158, or email To learn more about Kakenya, click here.)

2 responses to “Very Vital Teen Voices

  1. I heard Kakenya speak in Westport four years ago and she is simply amazing! I hope others will join me at the public event at Christ & Holy Trinity next Thursday April 26th. The suggested tax-deductible donation is $25, which will help with funding for Kakenya’s school. Education for the girls of Kenya is essential, and Kakenya is leading the way.

  2. I also heard Kakenya speak in 2008. I was never so moved to do something to help someone who was so determined to make a difference.
    I will be in attendance Thursday night to continue supporting Kakenya who is such a Vital Voice in this world.
    Congratulations to Alexis and all of the members of Teen Vital Voices for following through with their mission. It’s a full plate that many of the teens carry here in Westport, so it’s nice to know that they have made a commitment and followed through!