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Theme: Bridging the Gap between Highschool Youth and Global Issues

This event occurred on
September 24, 2023
Marlboro, New Jersey
United States

TEDxYouth proudly presents "Bridging the Gap: Highschool Youth Engaging with Global Issues," a dynamic and inclusive event focusing on the crucial role of young minds in global problem-solving.

This year's theme sheds light on the significance of educating our youth about pressing international concerns, and, more importantly, how to bridge the gap between these global issues and high school curriculum. This symposium aims to ignite passion, foster awareness, and inspire the proactive engagement of young leaders, empowering them to create real-world change right from their classrooms.

The program will feature a remarkable line-up of influential speakers. They will deliver engaging talks on topics such as climate change, social justice, technology's impact on society, mental health, poverty, and many more.

We believe that this platform will provide a valuable opportunity for our youth to not only understand the gravity and complexity of global issues but also to explore potential solutions and strategies. This event intends to cultivate their critical thinking skills, compassion, and motivation to become active agents of change.

Interactive workshops and panel discussions will further provide the attendees with a chance to ask questions, express their ideas and perspectives, and contribute to the ongoing dialogues about these global concerns.

"Bridging the Gap" is more than just an event; it's a movement, an invitation to our youth to connect with a broader world, embrace its challenges, and to think, dream, and act beyond their borders.

Please join us for this exciting TEDxYouth event as we celebrate the power of young minds, their curiosity, creativity, and their potential to shape a better future.

Ted Virtual Conference
16 Whipple Way
Marlboro, New Jersey, 07746
United States
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Aarav Kumar

Finance student interested in business and geopolitics
With a background in fintech and financial strategy, Aarav brings valuable expertise to his endeavors. He has showcased strong leadership skills through various roles in school, including as president of the academic team and Business Club. Aarav has also participated in programs like the New Jersey Leadership Program and the Advanced Economics for Leaders Program, further honing his skills and knowledge. Aarav is a firm believer in the power of effective communication and public speaking, evident through his high-ranking positions in school clubs, keynote presentation at the New Jersey Youth Leadership Conference, and publication of numerous news articles. In addition to his work with the Shaanti Mental Health Wellness Initiative, a teen mental health organization he co-founded, Aarav has also contributed to youth education and advocacy through organizations such as Finatic (a financial education nonprofit) and Inclusive World (a disability advocacy nonprofit).

Armaan Malhotra

Politics enthusiast with a focus in public and international affairs
Armaan Malhotra is a highly engaged student at Colts Neck High School who has excelled in various fields. He's interned with Senator Vin Gopalakrishnan and a global cyber law advocate in India, gaining valuable experience in policy analysis, campaign management, and cyber law. Armaan has also pursued research with Columbia University, examining microfinance's impact on healthcare access in developing nations. He's co-founded the Youth Social Venture Capital and Shaanti, initiatives with profound global impacts. As President of both the National Honor Society and Student Council, Armaan promotes leadership, service, and intellectual curiosity. His advocacy for political engagement is evident in his role as Vice President of Rhizome, and he's shown his legal acumen in Mock Trial. An active participant in DECA, he also enjoys volunteering and coaching younger children. Armaan is multilingual, proficient in tech skills, and holds a love for sports and travel.

Nitil Raj

Public Health Student on the Pre-Med Track
Nitil Raj, co-founder of Shaanti Teen Mental Health Wellness Initiative, has made significant contributions to public health through his service as Marlboro EMS's Cadet Captain and volunteering at local hospitals. He has participated in international health conferences such as Johns Hopkins University's Global Health Leaders Conference and BOLD Initiative, among others. His research interests lie in oncology, with work conducted at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. As a proficient public speaker, Nitil holds leadership positions in YMCA Model United Nations, Class Council, and Academic Team at his school. His efforts towards mental health are notable, collaborating with Biotechnology High School to address student stress and mental health issues. He has also authored a mental health-focused paper for the Pre-Collegiate Global Health Review.

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Marlboro, NJ, United States