Teens will speak on topics they’re passionate about during TEDx Youth@AnnArbor Saturday


By Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor

What not to say to someone of a mixed race.

How a generation of consumers can impact the world.

Dogs as everyday therapy.

Artificial intelligence and education.

These are just a few of the topics to be discussed by teen presenters at the fifth annual TEDx Youth@AnnArbor. The x represents an independently organized TED event.

The goal is for high school students to have the chance to share their ideas, vision and innovation with the wider community.

This event’s organizers, speakers, tech crew and volunteers are all youth.

The day’s youth curator, Skyline senior Mishaal Yazdani, has been involved in TEDx all four years of high school and says she couldn’t have asked for a better experience.

As a freshman, she gave a talk about  the bridge of technology between developed and developing countries.

“I was able to convey what I was passionate about on a massive platform and I was able to connect with multiple speakers from other high schools that were devoted to spreading youth voice,” she says. “It was such an incredible experience.”

Mishaal said students are motivated to give TEDx talks because they see the impact that sharing their voice can have on the Ann Arbor community.
“TEDxYouth@AnnArbor provides high school students with an irreplaceable opportunity to speak on a topic that they are passionate about on a platform that will reach so many people in our community,” said Mishaal. “Our generation knows that in order to start change, they must begin by declaring the problem and expressing their opinions. They know what it takes and they are not afraid to do this to accomplish their goals.
“I am so thankful that the Ann Arbor Public Schools has an organization that promotes free speech and encourages our youth to speak up.”

For a complete list of Saturday’s presenters, click here.

Ticket prices are: students, $5; adults, $10; and families, $30 (two adults, three children).

To watch the talks via webcast, look under “Event” at www.tedxya2.org

To follow on social media:

Twitter: @tedxya2

Instagram: @tedxya2

Facebook: TEDx Youth Ann Arbor

TEDxYouth@AnnArbor YouTube Playlist

Flickr: TEDxYouth@AnnArbor Photos

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