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Youth the focus at TEDx event at Gleneagle

Coquitlam high school students planning TEDx event for June 25 need sponsors, applicants

A group of Gleneagle secondary students is putting their Coquitlam high school on the cultural map by hosting a TEDx talk next month.

They have applied and received permission to host the talk and have put together 15 speakers in the name of promoting a TED-like experience about "ideas worth spreading." The theme is "Our Generation" and School District 43 students, teachers and parents can apply to attend the event, the organizers say.

"If you want to search for your passion, we can offer something for you to taste," said Kim Venn, who is working with Galen Wang and five other students on the project for an independent studies course.
The speakers range from former Gleneagle students who are now at university and will be talking about life after high school, to others who are well-traveled and want to talk about the importance of visiting other countries to gain a new perspective.

"I think those who are curious about a youth perspective should apply to attend," Venn said.

Only 100 people are allowed to attend the TEDx talk on Thursday, June 25 from 2-6:30 p.m. at the high school and those interested must apply on the website.

TEDx is for those who want to create a TED-like event in their own community and the students say they have to follow a strict protocol to maintain standards. To keep the cost of participation low, the students are looking for business sponsors to help with costs.