TEDxYouth@THS: lessons in innovation and inspiration

Monologues and Presentations is a year-long literacy course at THS where high school students develop skills in writing, presenting, and project management. We spend the first term honing our pitching skills, the second term coordinating a TEDxYouth Conference, and the third term producing and performing our own talks.

 

Putting on a TEDx Conference requires us to adhere to a range of strict quality standards in terms of content and production, so we are going to be put through our paces! We have self-organized and each of us has taken up roles and responsibilities on the logistics, production, marketing, and technology teams.

 

This year, we are centering the conference around sources of inspiration that motivate people to innovate and pursue their passions. We are inspired by young people who stand up and create innovative, evidence-based movements that seek to bring positive change to this world such as the #NeverAgain movement in response to the recent tragedy in Parkland, Florida.

 

This year’s program includes a student, parent, and faculty speaker, the screening of two thematically related official TED Talks, and live performances from both a student and guest musical group.

 

This experience has taught us to summon the courage to learn about and then clearly communicate what matters to us - an enormous capability. We look forward to seeing the results of a project that has promoted hard work, organizational and teaming skills, and independence. Let the countdown begin!

 

TEDxYouth@THS will take place on Wednesday, March 21st from 9AM to 12PM in the Black Box Theatre at The Grove campus for middle and high school students and faculty.

 

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