TEDxYouth@Dayton organizers have released the speaker lineup for the 2017 event, which will take place on Friday, March 3, 2017, in the Wright State University Student Union. Sixteen students between the ages of 14 and 19 from six high schools and one university were chosen in citywide auditions. Applications for performers, also aged 14-19, are still open until Dec. 31; click on the TEDxYouth page to apply.
“A group of committed teachers, administrators and volunteers associated with five schools got TEDxYouth@Dayton started in 2015,” said TEDxYouth@Dayton chairperson Rachel Graves, “For the second youth event, we had students from more communities, including home schoolers, who auditioned. TEDxDayton patrons have supported our efforts to bring the TED model of ‘ideas worth sharing’ to the youth of the Dayton area.”
The theme for TEDxYouth@Dayton 2017 is “Level Up.” Each student will offer ideas about how to move beyond current thinking – or level up – on a diverse range of topics. Representing the spirit of collaboration within this generation, three pairs and one trio will speak at the 2017 event.
• Lorien Chavez (17, Yellow Springs), Alexis Jackson (17, Chaminade Julienne) and Lana Katai (17, The Miami Valley School), who will discuss appropriation vs. appreciation.
• Keress Weidner (16, Kettering Fairmont), helping us look at gender in new ways.
• Aaron Lewis (17, Dayton Early College Academy), with a personal story about how robotics bridged some big cultural differences.
• Brennan Harlow (16, Chaminade Julienne), sharing thoughts on the unanticipated effects of addiction.
• Caroline Elliot (15, Kettering Fairmont), who has some fascinating speculations about dreaming.
• Satya Morar (15, The Miami Valley School), with lessons you can learn from Star Wars.
• Simra Ahmed (14, The Miami Valley School), suggesting how we might build Democracy 2.0.
• Meg Schwieterman and Caroline Lunne (16, Archbishop Alter), who will tell how they created permission for students at their school to pursue their own brand of fashion.
• Noah Meyer and Spencer Mullins (17, Chaminade Julienne), sharing their story about peer mentoring and discovering connections.
• Ariel Scales and Iyana Smith (17, Dayton Early College Academy), who will demonstrate what you don’t know about isms.
• Vidur Prasad (19, University of Michigan), talking about his research on how to use traffic cameras to reduce drunk and distracted driving.
The TEDxYouth@Dayton event is open to the public; however, each potential attendee must register on the tedxdayton.com Web site. Applicants will be selected on a rolling, person-by-person basis. Most decisions will be made by January 31, or until space is filled. A $10 cash donation is suggested for attendance; these donations will be collected on the day of the event.
One hundred seats are reserved for those who will be 14 to 19 years old in 2017; each may reserve a seat for an accompanying adult, if desired. Fifty seats are reserved for adults who are not connected to a specific youthful attendee. Youth under 18 must provide a medical emergency form if not attending with a legal guardian. Volunteer opportunities are available for youth and adults; apply on the Web site.
TEDx is a global program of independently organized events licensed by TED. Visit www.tedxdayton.com or follow TEDxDayton on Facebook or Twitter for more information.