TEDxYouthDay event November 17 at the Jim Santy Auditorium, Park City, Utah -- Planned, promoted, and produced by the middle school students of Park City Day School
Dream Big… Then Do It: Youth Inspiring Change
TEDxParkCityDaySchool announces a sensational list of youth presenters and performers for an event at the Jim Santy Auditorium.
TEDxParkCityDaySchool is overjoyed to announce a vibrant group of 11-18 year-olds who will present their ideas for the future to an audience ready to be inspired at Park City’s first ever TEDxYouthDay event.
TEDxParkCityDaySchool will be an interactive, multi-media event held on Saturday, November 17th, 2012 at the Jim Santy Auditorium in Old Town Park City. It will feature some of the community’s most motivated young people and their “ideas worth spreading.” This event is an opportunity for young Parkites to courageously share their biggest dreams, exhibit their boldest ideas, and unite to make positive change in our world.
“It is important for young people to get their ideas out there,” noted Sam Addicott, TEDxParkCityDaySchool Host. He added, “We are the next generation and we need to be heard.”
With some adult support and guidance, over a dozen Park City Day School seventh through ninth graders collaborated to plan, promote, and produce their own TEDx event, working together in creative and innovative ways with a goal of making it a success. “When I was first introduced to the idea of putting on a TEDx, I thought there was no way we could do it,” confesses TEDxParkCityDaySchool Lighting Director and Presenter, Theo Herring. “But I’ve learned that you can do anything if you are willing to attempt it, and that we are all capable of much more than we think we are.”
“I believe with absolution in the potential of our youth and the power behind allowing their voices to be heard. Every young person should have the opportunity to be an inspiration, a leader, not just to their peers, but to the community they live in and the world they are a part of,” commented Jessie Levesque, Executive Director of TEDxParkCityDaySchool. “When given a challenge and a chance to be heard, this next generation is capable of creating the most innovative and inspired ideas. It is our responsibility as adults to give youth this opportunity, and more importantly, to listen. We hope that TEDxParkCityDaySchool is a platform for this to take place.”
Presenters and Performers Include:
- Brett Armstrong, Park City High School, Twelfth Grade
- Shane Cumming, Park City Day School, Seventh Grade
- Sophia Dion, Ecker Hill Middle School, Seventh Grade
- Theo Herring, Park City Day School, Seventh Grade
- Winter Vinecki, The Education Program for Gifted Youth at Stanford University, Ninth Grade
- Taquin Krug, Open High School of Utah, Ninth Grade
- Kale Christensen, Treasure Mountain Junior High, Eighth Grade
- Sophia Dion, Ecker Hill Middle School, Seventh Grade
- Lina Farra, Park City Day School, Sixth Grade
· Sam Addicott, Park City Day School, Seventh Grade
For more information on attending the event or to arrange an interview with TEDxParkCityDaySchool please contact Jessie Levesque at 520-465-1516 or TEDx@ParkCityDaySchool.org. You can also find us on Facebook as TEDxParkCityDaySchool, or on Twitter at twitter.com/tedxpcds
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED created a program it calls TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxParkCityDaySchool, where “x” = an independently organized TED event. At TEDxParkCityDaySchool, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection within the audience. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading”. Started as a four-day conference in California 28 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California, with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Oxford, UK. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world, and the TEDFellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.
TEDxParkCityDaySchool Art Director, Karly, and her father dream big together! Dreams can become reality when you have the help and support of family and friends! Get your family and friends together and come see how the youth of Park City have made their dreams come true!
Since I’ve started watching TED talks, I feel like I’ve grown as a person. I’ve gained more knowledge about social issues, environmental issues, and scientific discoveries than I have in my 11 years at school. So when I found out about TEDxYouthDay, I was eager to get involved in an event that provides youth around the world the opportunity to grow as individuals, just as I did. Today’s ideas are tomorrow’s reality. It is for that reason that I wanted to be a part of an event that has to potential to brighten the future.