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April 23, 2016
Rapid City, South Dakota
United States

Rapid City, South Dakota : April 23, 2016

TEDxYouth@DinosaurPark was the first TEDxYouth event in Rapid City, South Dakota. At TEDxYouth@DinosaurPark, TEDTalks video and live speakers (youth AND adult) combined to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.


Khian Norby "Rock of Confidence"
Tara Rose Weston "Resilience: Turn Failure Into Success"
Amanda Hadden "You Are More"
Regan Garcia "Changing Identity, Changing World"
Marcus Ruff "Thoughts of a Poet"
Andres Gallardo "The GEM Movement"
Elyssa Sierra Concha "Native Youth Are More Than Statistics"

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The Journey Museum
222 New York Street
Rapid City, South Dakota, 57701
United States
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Amanda Hadden

Amanda, her husband, and three children live on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. She is the founder of the Adorned Campaign, a nonprofit organization that brings awareness to mental health and suicide prevention while providing a message of worth and value to teens around the country.

Andres Gallardo

Andres Gallardo is a New York based artist who combines activism with art. Known as the “The GEM Guy,” Andres has given away over 1000 works of art around the world, while encouraging others in his path to share their own gifts.

Elyssa (Sierra) Concha

Elyssa (Sierra) Concha is Lakota, Ojibwa and Taos Pueblo. She is currently in her fourth year at Black Hills State University, majoring in education.

Khian Norby

Khian is 11 years old and is in the 6th grade at Deer Creek Middle School in Littleton, CO. He has been playing guitar since he was 9 years old. He has two sisters; Maiya is 10 and Lilah is 6.

Marcus Ruff

Marcus Ruff is a 17 year old high school student, and member of the Oglala Lakota Nation who lives in the Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota. Marcus is an artist, activist, actor, poet and community volunteer.

Regan Garcia

Regan is a 11th grade high school student in Rapid City, South Dakota. Regan enjoys writing, drawing, playing video games and reading comics.

Tara Rose Weston

Tara Rose Weston is a self-taught portrait and lifestyle photographer, and award-winning filmmaker. She is a team member at Native Max Magazine, a freelance writer and a photographer for Tara is a member of the Oglala Lakota Nation and was raised on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota; she currently resides in Rapid City.

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