T.S. Elliot was known to have said… “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” In the spirit of reaching beyond ourselves, beyond our neighborhoods and schools, and even beyond our city limits, the theme for this year’s TEDxYouth@Monterey event is “Inspire Tomorrow, Today.” During the course of three presentation sessions (morning, midday, and afternoon), a super box lunch and a playful, interactive street faire TEDxYouth@Monterey will explore the art of possibility inspired by the innovative ideas, compelling stories, and diverse perspectives of our speakers, performers and invited guests. We seek to inspire dialogue, promote empowerment, and celebrate the creativity and cultural diversity found throughout Monterey County and the California Central Coast. 10:00am - 4:00pm Lunch Provided
Speakers may not be confirmed. Check event website for more information.
Beth ScruttonWhen Beth arrived in California from the UK four years ago she already had an interest in environmental issues and the ocean. Since then she has been inspired by the incredible variety of Californian landscapes, from Death Valley to Yosemite to the Monterey Bay. Beth is an active member of the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Teen Conservation Leaders Program. She believes in the power of every individual to make a difference in the world around them.
Christopher "C.J." PaghasianChristopher is a 13 year old student at the International School of Monterey whose diligence and creativity is evident in his persona. He is an aspiring young artist and author, who has entered, won, and lost several art and literature contests, and hopes to continue doing so. He strongly believes in pursuing and being passionate about one’s dreams.
Yanfei "Angel" WangA self-proclaimed risk-taker, Angel is a 17 year old exchange student from China studying at York School who started her own online business at a very young age. Angel is also an “adventurous navigator” who has found her cross-cultural Chinese-American experience to be both diverse and complementary as she has begun to explore in depth the heavy issues of life in both worlds, and laugh about the lighter ones. Angel is passionate about fighting against the worst crime of all: indifference. She battles passionately for everything she does, and she believes that this makes all the difference.
Iljin ChoBorn in Jeju, South Korea, Iljin moved to the United States in 2003. He has been studying the violin with Rochelle Walton for six years. Currently, Iljin is the concertmaster of Carmel High School Chamber Orchestra and has participated in other honors orchestras in California. He is also in charge of Keeping Music Alive: a group of high school musicians that offers music education to younger students without any access to music.
Nurihan ParkNurihan Park is a self-taught artist from Korea. Two years ago he found a new passion for street culture, especially graffiti. Strongly believing everyone should have a dream and express it, he is here to do it with canz instead of wordz.
Richie SenegorRichie was born in and has lived in Stockton, CA his entire life, now calling Stevenson School his second home away from home. A junior this year, he is extremely passionate about his love of the Latin language and especially about his love of science. He hopes to go on to study either Cosmology or Electrical Engineering. With his talk The Science of Science, he hopes to inspire the youth to become more involved in the scientific community to better the future of our world.
Joe KochevarJoe has lived in the Monterey Bay area his entire life. He wrestles for the Carmel High varsity wrestling team and plans on studying engineering in college.
Sumaya AghaEvent Planning
Aaron EdenCo-Organizer, Curator
Jeff McCallVideo Producer
Joyce LinGraphic Artist
Willow ArayYouth Outreach, Curator
Mike RodriguezWeb Guru
Michele SwanstonCurator, Technical Coordinator