TED Hosts First-Ever TEDYouth Event - Inaugural Event Convenes 300 New York City Students for a Day of Educational and Inspiring Talks

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TEDYouth, the first TED event for young people, comes to New York City this Saturday.

TED, the nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, announces today TEDYouth, the first-ever TED event for young people. TEDYouth will take place on Saturday, November 19, 2011, from 1-5pm, at the Times Center in Manhattan and will coincide with more than 100 self-organized TEDxYouthDay events occurring in 50 countries over a 48-hour period.

The popularity of the inaugural TEDxYouthDay in 2010 sparked the idea for TEDYouth. Tied to Universal Children’s Day, TEDxYouthDay events take place November 19-20, 2011 and are planned by TEDx organizers worldwide, with the idea to inspire and engage youth.

The theme for TEDYouth is "Play, Learn, Build, and Share.” More than 300 New York City students, grades 6-12, were selected through an application process to participate in the one-day event. In addition to the live events at the Times Center, TEDYouth will be available via live stream to TEDx organizers and TEDx events across the globe. More than 60 youth reporters from around the world have been selected to live report news, reflections, quotes and impressions of TEDYouth and TEDxYouthDay via Twitter, Facebook, and other online media platforms.

"TED has always fostered a diverse community of innovative and creative thinkers, and as the next generation of leaders, youth are critical to the conversation. We are thrilled to introduce TEDYouth and engage young people in the dialogue that is shaping the world and the way we think," said Kelly Stoetzel, TEDYouth Curator.

Over the course of two 90-minute sessions, each of the 20 passionate TEDYouth speakers will inspire creativity and share mind-shifting stories. From artists to authors, explorers to entrepreneurs, physicists to poets, TEDYouth speakers will challenge, provoke and engage their physical and virtual audience in the ways that every student deserves to learn.

Select video content from TEDYouth will be archived for TED-ED, a collection of themed educational videos designed to catalyze learning around the globe.

TEDYouth 2011 speakers include:

  •     Adam Savage, best known for his role as co-host of the Discovery Channel TV show, MythBusters.
  •     Robert Full, whose research is helping build the perfect "distributed foot" for tomorrow's robots, based on evolution's ancient engineering.
  •     David Gallo, a pioneer in ocean exploration and an enthusiastic ambassador between the sea and dry land.
  •     Brad Meltzer, best-selling author whose writing focuses on political thrillers and co-host of the History Channel's Decoded.
  •     Déborah Berebichez, known as "The Science Babe," and who studies the science behind everyday life, like the physics behind wearing high heels.
  •     Lemon Andersen, a TONY award-winning performer and spoken word artist who is also the subject of a newly-released documentary film about his life called Lemon.
  •     Leah Buechley, an MIT designer who mixes high and low tech to create smart and playful results.
  •     Juan D. Martinez, National Geographic Explorer who dedicates his energy to grassroots campaigns from health care and housing discrimination, to creating garden space where he grew up in South Central Los Angeles.
  •     Greg Gage, a TED2012 Fellow who has combined invertebrate preparations with off-the-shelf electronics, to create a kit that could provide insight into the inner workings of the body, specifically the brain.
  •     Arianne Cohen, the author of The Tall Book, wherein she shares the pros and cons of living life as a 6'3 woman.
  •     Steve Stoute, one of the most influential voices in pop culture. His work examines how hip-hop has transformed a new generation, conquered the global marketplace, and rewritten the rules of the new economy.
  •     Jason Munshi-South, a researcher at Baruch College who studies the behavioral, ecological, and evolutionary impacts of humans on the inhabitants of New York City parks.
  •     Daniela Schiller, assistant professor of psychiatry and neuroscience at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, whose research focuses on the neural mechanisms underlying emotional control.
  •     Chris Anderson, curator of the TED Conference.
  •     Garth Sundem, a mathematician who uses mathematics to answer everyday questions, such as whether to goof or study.
  •     Ish Islam, Justin Long-Moton and Carvens Lissaint come from New York City's Urban Word program, and are three of its finest young poets.
  •     Kevin Allocca, the trends manager of YouTube, where he tracks popular video phenomena.

TEDYouth is made possible by Kohl’s Cares®, the presenting partner of the event. The donation comes from the Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program, which sells special merchandise, including plush toys and books, and donates 100 percent of the net profit to benefit children’s health and education initiatives nationwide. As part of an ongoing partnership, Kohl’s is supporting several of TED’s educational initiatives.

For more information about TEDYouth, please visit http://www.ted.com/tedyouth. To watch TEDxYouthDay events from around the world, visit http://tedxyouthday.ted.com/.

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 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 former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Long Beach, California, along with the TEDActive simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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.

Follow TED on Twitter at twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at facebook.com/TED.

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