TEDxYouth @ Southpointe Academy
WORLD PERCEPTION & US
Southpointe Academy hosted a TEDxYouth event featuring student speakers who have meaningful messages to share. The event featured a diverse range of topics, from standing out as an individual and the pursuit of perfection to the importance of sibling relationships and facing fears. The talks were delivered by students from Grade 2 to Grade 12, and covered a range of themes such as discrimination, neuroplasticity, reading, and more. This event offered a unique opportunity for students to showcase their talents and ideas, and inspire others with their perspectives and experiences.
RENEE Z., grade 10
STAND OUT & BE AN INDIVIDUAL
As Renee gets closer to worrying about university, the sentence “make yourself stand out and be an individual!” comes up more frequently. Sharing her own conclusions on what it really means to be an individual, Renee explores how individuality is a social construct people blindly chase. Listen and decide for yourself what you believe individuality to mean, and if it is an ideal worth chasing.
ashley h., grade 2
YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE PERFECT
Ashley’s message for young and old alike is one to take to heart in our rapidly busy and changing world. In her 8 young years, she is ready to teach us that the pursuit of perfection can be a long and unsatisfying road and that we do not have to be perfect.
BRIGHT Y., grade 9
As an aspiring doctor, Bright has done a lot of research on the human body: our different bodily functions, systems within the body, and how our body works in general. During his talk, Bright invites you to develop your understanding of neuroplasticity to radically change how you live your everyday life.
emil h., grade 4
THE WORLD NEEDS MORE WRITERS
Speaking from his own experiences as a published author, Emil hopes to inspire youth to write more. Whether you have a passion for the written word or a need to express yourself freely, decide for yourself if you will be a part of the movement that sees a world with more young writers.
ARIELLA B., grade 8
365 BOOKS IN A YEAR
Ariella is a Grade 8 student with a love for reading. She wishes to raise awareness on how reading can influence your life in many ways, some of which may even surprise you! By sharing her own personal goals, achievements and learnings from reading, Ariella hopes others will go out and use their passions to pursue ambitious goals for future success.
samarveer s., grade 5
IT'S OKAY TO BE DIFFERENT
Having lived a life where being different was always on the periphery, Samarveer now has a message to share that truly comes from the heart. In a world full of beautiful diversity and differences, we get a first-hand lesson on why it’s okay to be different.
VICTORIA M., grade 12
DEVELOP YOUR OPEN-MINDEDNESS
Being actively involved in speech and debate, Victoria recognizes the importance of viewing ideas from multiple perspectives. As she takes us on a journey to reflect upon the hazards behind limiting one’s viewpoint and the domino effect being judgmental plays on our lives, we will learn about self-improvement as it relates to becoming open-minded.
Watch Victoria's TEDxYouth Talk Here
aDELINE B., grade 3
During her talk, Adeline takes a candid and matter-of-fact approach to the realities around intolerance in today’s world. With simple and sensible wonderings, we are guided through introspection to reflect on our own views and understandings of discrimination in the world today.
KITTY S., grade 10
As an experienced 15 year old to a 9 year old sister, Kitty hopes to persuade you to initiate a healthier sibling relationship. By elaborating on the social and personal benefits of having better sibling relations, find out how the power for change lies entirely in your hands.
nick s., grade 5
FACE YOUR FEARS
Tuning into a topic faced by many students, Nick shares his own sage prescription, relatable tips and straightforward strategies to tackle villainous doubts. Through a unique and humourous lens, Nick will empower you to face your fears.
OLIVIA P., grade 7
BOREDOM CAN LEAD TO BRILLIANCE
Olivia’s talk addresses the issue of boredom being perceived as a negative emotion by society, despite the fact that boredom may lead to brilliance. It is now up to you to determine whether or not you want to be successful. If you do, then incorporate more boredom into your life.
UNDERSTUDY - CHLOE C., grade 4
CONFIDENCE IS A SKILL
During her talk, Chloe shares her discovery that confidence is a valuable and often overlooked skill. With a focus on the importance of believing in oneself, Chloe reminds us that developing confidence can be the foundation for strong communication and thinking skills.
What is TEDx?
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxYouth@SouthpointeAcademy, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxYouth@SouthpointeAcademy event, TED Talks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.
Learn more about the TEDx Program here.
This independent TEDx event is operated under license from TED.