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TED-Ed Clubs: Celebrating and amplifying student voices around the world

There are over 2 billion school-aged individuals living in the world today. That’s more young people than any other time in human history. And it’s this generation’s creativity, their actions, their art, their poetry, their protests, their questions, their code, their dreams. It’s this generation’s ideas that will define the future of our world. One well articulated idea can reach and inspire millions. That’s why TED’s youth and education initiative, TED-Ed, has created a program that’s dedicated to sparking and celebrating the best ideas of young people around the world. “The essence of TED-Ed was to create more confident individuals.” “It was our club; it was run by us and for us.” The program is called TED-Ed Clubs.

It supports students in identifying their passions, learning public speaking skills, connecting with a global network of classrooms, and sharing student ideas in the form of short, TED-style talks. Here’s how it works. Participating students and teachers gain access to a free and flexible curriculum they can use to start a TED-Ed Club at their school.

Each suggested meeting uses TED Talks to help students engage in critical thinking exercises and gain invaluable presentation skills. In the final meeting, students are invited to give their own TED Talk, and if they record their Talk, they can upload it to TED-Ed’s award-winning platform, where it can be referenced on a résumé, a college application, and shared with participating clubs around the world. Over 2 billion young people empowered and encouraged to share their ideas. Imagine that future and bring TED-Ed Clubs to your community today.

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