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TEDxYouth seeks South Floridian youths with ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’

Leila Abdelrahman presents ‘Act on Curiosity’ at the Adrienne Arsht Center during the 2015 TEDxYouth@Miami event.
Leila Abdelrahman presents ‘Act on Curiosity’ at the Adrienne Arsht Center during the 2015 TEDxYouth@Miami event. The Cushman School

Students ages 6 to 25 with an “Idea Worth Spreading” are welcome to submit an application to speak at the fifth annual TEDxYouth@Miami event at the Adrienne Arsht Center.

Leila Abdelrahman, 18, noticed people around her always have questions in their heads, but don’t take the time to seek answers. Abdelrahman, on the other hand, felt that it was important to act on her curiosity.

Last year, Abdelrahman presented her idea and a story about how she pursued her own curiosity at TEDxYouth@Miami, which was live-streamed to an audience of more than 5,500 people.

“I felt like the TEDx talk was great because TED is well-respected it could reach a very broad audience,” Abdelrahman said.

Abdelrahman presented her idea along with 15 other South Floridians. Presentation topics included anything from “social entrepreneurship” to engineering projects to “60 minutes of art.”

“When you listen to these proposals, you quickly see the diverse ways that people think and how different they are in their approach to helping others and changing the world,” said Arvi Balseiro, founder and curator of the TEDxYouth event and headmaster at The Cushman School.

The Cushman School has supported and coordinated the TEDx event for the past four years. TEDx includes local, self-organized TED events around the nation.

“We are encouraging everyone to submit an application. We want to have a well-represented community,” Balseiro said.

Students from across South Florida are can send in a 3 to 5 minute video presentation about their proposed topic. The deadline to submit an application is Nov. 5. Visit tedxyouthmiami.com to apply.

How to apply

▪ Visit tedxyouthmiami.com

▪ Send in a 3 to 5 minute video about the proposed topic

▪ Application is due Nov. 5

▪ The selection committee is seeking diverse topics presented in a new light

▪ The 90-minute presentation will be held Feb. 26 at the Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd.

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