TEDxYouth@FortWorth Announces Inaugural Youth Event to be Held on November 17, 2012 at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas

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TEDxYouth@FortWorth invites Fort Worth-area public and private schools and other youth educational organizations to participate.

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The TEDxYouth@FortWorth youth event is a unique opportunity for the students of Fort Worth to learn how to express their ideas clearly in a public forum." - Dr. Danna Diaz, director of Student Engagement with the Fort Worth Independent School District

The organizers of TEDxYouth@FortWorth will hold their inaugural event at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) on November 17, 2012. The day-long independently organized event, licensed by TED, will feature approximately 25 area students presenting original ideas based on the theme, “Youth Ideas Worth Sharing.” The event is part of TEDxYouthDay, a series of events planned by TEDx organizers worldwide, with the idea to inspire and engage youth and tied to Universal Children’s Day on November 20, 2012.

TEDxYouth@FortWorth will be the culmination of a nine-month long process of idea generation, participant selection, idea and delivery refinement, and finally, presentation.

Approximately 70 students from Fort Worth public and private schools and educational organizations will be selected to attend the program. Selected youth will participate in an eight-week TEDx Talk Training course which will help refine the student’s idea and presentation delivery.

“Even the most amazing idea gets lost when not conveyed effectively,” says Dr. Jeff Johnson, Chairman of TEDxYouth@FortWorth. He adds, “The sole purpose of our training is to help the participating students discover the best in themselves.” A hallmark and differentiator of the Fort Worth TEDx Talk Training program is that each student is given one-on-one mentoring with an experienced adult public speaking coach to help them “find their voice.” Dr. Johnson and other TEDxYouth@FortWorth organizing committee members are active Toastmasters International members.

“The TEDxYouth@FortWorth youth event is a unique opportunity for the students of Fort Worth to learn how to express their ideas clearly in a public forum,” says, Dr. Danna Diaz, director of Student Engagement with the Fort Worth Independent School District. She adds, “The speaking and presentation techniques learned will serve our students well in preparing for college.”

After successful completion of the eight-week TEDx Talk Training course, students can apply to be one of approximately 25 presenters at TEDxYouth@FortWorth.

Presentations during the day-long event at the BRIT will be made before a live audience of other participants and will also be simulcast to schools and other TEDxYouth sites. It promises to be a day of inspiring talks and conversation.

For more information about TEDxYouth@FortWorth, please visit http://www.tedxyouthfortworth.com

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. At TED, the world's leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Two major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Long Beach, California (along with a parallel conference, TEDActive, in Palm Springs), and TEDGlobal is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.

TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily; the new TED Conversations, enabling broad conversations among TED fans; 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 TED Fellows 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.
For information about TED's upcoming conferences, visit http://www.ted.com/registration.

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