Roland-Story High School presents TEDxYouth@RSHS event

Herald Staff

This spring, students at Roland-Story High School will have an opportunity to present their own TED-style talks.

TED Talks are short, inspiring and thoughtful speeches about topics the speaker is passionate about, and this is the first year Roland-Story is hosting its own TEDx event for students.

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, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection.

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.

The “Youth” part of the name represents the idea that the whole event is done by the youth of a certain area. The TEDxYouth@RSHS event is being planned and run by the students of Roland-Story High School.

“We wanted to bring TEDx to Roland-Story to give students the unique opportunity to express an idea that they are passionate about. It gives students the ability to learn and grow in how they give their opinion, and it aids in public speaking,” said Thomas Klett, the Extended Learning Program teacher at Roland-Story High School.

In order to present a talk of their own, students submitted proposals. They also had to provide a mentor that would help them develop their idea into a presentation. With size and time limitations, there can only be a few presenters this year, and if this event does well, the high school hopes to repeat and expand it again in the future, Klett said.

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading,” usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED’s annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on

TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Monica Lewinsky, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a “wish,” or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.