Back row L to R: Sarah Price (11 Steiner), Peter Michaelides (12 Greenhills), Chris Young (11 Skyline), 
Basil Baccouche (12 Pioneer), Josh Na (12 Skyline), Conrad Stoll (12 Skyline) 
Middle row L to R: Chloe Weise (11 Steiner), Anna Krauss (12 Greenhills), Nina D'Ascenzo (11 Greenhills), Connor Ward (11 Skyline), Shane Ham (11 Huron) 
Front row L to R: Laith Quasem (11 Central Academy), Olivia Popp (11 Skylne), Hailey Anderson (11 Pioneer), Alice Held (12 Community) 
Not pictured: Alex Cash (11 Skyline), Shreya Menon (11 Skyline), Sarah McCurrach (12 Huron), Jacob Tyner (11 WCC)
Photo: Sarah Price

Our Vision
TEDx is an open-source community of events that inspire innovation, thought leadership, and visionary insights. 

2015 is the second annual event where Youth Voice contributes to and influences the future of Ann Arbor. The intention is that each year high school aged students will share their ideas, vision and innovation with the wider community.

Our TEDx event is independently organized by a city-wide group of motivated high school student leaders. 

We are not hosting a TEDx event for political reasons, monetary reward or personal gain. Rather, we are doing this because we truly believe in the power of youth ideas to change our world. 

We believe in the efficacy of Youth Voice for powerful growth and change in Ann Arbor.

We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible. 

What is TEDx ideas worth spreading

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TED , a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. 

Our event is called TEDxYouth@AnnArbor, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxYouth@AnnArbor event, TED Talks, videos, live speakers and performers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection about our city and our future in a small group setting. 

The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

More information:     



TEDEd : The innovative initiative from TED to spread teacher inspired lessons to a world-wide audience. Check it out.


The Nature of X
Clarification of this year's theme:

The idea is that X is the letter we use to stand in for many things: 
  • Mathematical x stands in for any numerical value, 
  • X in TED is "independent"
  • X marks the spot where treasure is buried 
  • X means a crossroads, etc. 
The nature of X means that you may talk about any variable in your life or the world that is important to you.

IT'S TIME FOR TED: Remix 2012

YouTube Video

The Organizing Committee: 
Students from every high school in Ann Arbor are invited by their principals  to join the Organizing Committee and lead the 2015 event.

Organizers of the event should come from:
Central Academy
Community High School
Fr. G. Richard
Huron High School
A2 Pathways
Pioneer High School
Skyline High School
Steiner Upper School
Washtenaw International
Washtenaw CC
Photo: Sarah Price

If you attend Fr. Gabriel Richard, A2 Pathways or WI HI and are interested in helping to organize the 2015 June event, contact Dr. Duvall.


Contact: Dr. Sara Duvall
email: duvall
subject: TEDxYA2

official event website:
Twitter Feed: #tedxya2

Adult Advisors:
Dr. Sara Duvall (Skyline)
Mr. Ivory Wright (Huron)

When:  June 6th, 2015
Where: Ann Arbor Skyline High School
Time: 8am - 4pm - a 1 day event

Talks & Acts: auditions will be held February 9th and 10th. Go to the Speaker's Tab to apply and for more information.

Volunteers: call for volunteers will be announced  (must be a high school aged student)

Audience: I would like to attend - ticket sales will open soon. 


How we got started
The Ann Arbor Skyline High School Student Action Senate (SAS) Activism Committee initiated a yearly citywide independent TED event, to be held each spring during one fabulous day in the Skyline Commons and Auditorium.

The speakers are all h
igh school students from every high school across Ann Arbor, speaking out about their future, their passions, their dreams. 

The broad theme for the 2015 event is:
The audience is Ann Arbor community leaders, the business community, the universities, parents, students and community members - all willing to hear the voices of youth and take them seriously.


Thanks to all our donors!

Thanks to Ann Arbor Public Schools, Superintendent Swift and IT DIrector Colligan for webcasting the Livestream of the 2014 event on the AAPS website all day.  Your support is empowering for Youth Voice across the city!