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Theme: Lighting the Way

This event occurred on
April 17, 2016
2:00pm - 8:00pm PDT
(UTC -7hrs)
San Diego, California
United States

Lighting the Way is the 5th TEDxYouth@SanDiego event since 2011. TEDxYouth@SanDiego welcomes more than 400 San Diego high schoolers from over 40 high schools and youth programs for a day if ideas, inspiration and interaction. 15 brilliant presenters and performers will share the way they are lighting the way to a new future and participants will enjoy more than a dozen interactive experience salons.

Canyon Crest Academy Proscenium Theater
5951 Village Center Loop Road
San Diego, California, 92130
United States
Event type:
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Al Vernacchio

Sexuality Educator

Alicia Partnoy

Human Rights Advocate
Alicia Partnoy is a survivor from the secret detention camps where about 30,000 people ‘disappeared’ in Argentina. She came to the US as a refugee, after three years as a political prisoner. A human rights activists and poet, she is best known for The Little School. Tales of Disappearance and Survival. She presides over Proyecto VOS-Voices of Survivors, an organization that brings survivors of state sponsored or tolerated violence to lecture at U.S. universities. She currently teaches at Loyola Marymount University.

Anarghya Vardhana

Intelligence Inclusivity

Anirudh Suri

Environmental Conservationist

Asher Jay

Creative Conservationist

Austin Gallagher

Predator Scientist

Christopher Gray

Social Entrepreneur

Eli Green

Educator and Activist


Jeffrey Zlotnik, Founder and CEO of The Meditation Initiative has led meditation for free with more than 30,000 people since 2003. He began meditating in 1996, while working with Abused Teens and noticed tremendous change in their attitude after meditation. He has led free meditation for Homeless Teens, K-12 Public Schools, Juvenile Detention Facilities, Federal and State Prisons, Diabetes Patients, Thiel Foundation, Wikimedia, KPBS, HIV Patients, Seniors Centers, United States Military, Wounded Warriors, UCSD, Susan G. Komen, Braille Institute, Jewish Family Services, Catholic Charities, Christian Youth Groups and Group Homes for Victims of Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking. He has a consulting background working with SAP, Siebel, Oracle and RDR, and coached youth baseball for 15 years. He views meditation as a daily practice of mindfulness laying the foundation for a happier and healthier life.

Jennifer Lopez

Space Innovator and Disruptor
From an early age, Jennifer Lopez was passionate about science in all its forms. After being discriminated against and discouraged from pursuing a career in STEM, Lopez found her place working for the International Space Station, a symbol for the potential to overcome challenges and affect human kind in a positive way.

Ken Surritte

Water Evangelist


Positivity Musician
Lee Coulter is a singer/songwriter whose soulful performance and memorable songwriting have landed him opening spots for music legends Tom Jones and Chuck Berry, critic favorites Martin Sexton and Griffin House and had Sirius XM’s Coffee House channel dub him “the discovery of year” in 2011 for his debut album.Originally from Brisbane, Australia and based in San Diego since 2006, he uses the combined power of lyrics and music to promote the idea that conscious connection is what separates us from the rest of the matter in the universe. He has spoken to audiences about this at three TEDx events. As one of his songs suggests, “Stardust and forces of attraction, that’s all we are.”

Matt Gaidica

Neuroscience Adventurer

Olivia Hallisey

Scientific Discoverer

Victoria Pannell

Anti Sex Trafficking Activist

Organizing team


San Diego, CA, United States