IAS made history by organizing its first-ever TEDx Youth event on the theme of “Powershift.” The event, attended by around 150 people, including administrators, teachers, students, and parents, provided a platform for students in grades 6 to 12 to showcase their skills and talents as speakers and organizers.
Guided by our TEDx organizer Ms. Karuna Finch, the event was led by two remarkable students, Aleksandra Iwanczak and Milena Dederko of grade 12, who worked tirelessly to ensure the event’s success. The event featured thought-provoking debates on power shifts in social, cultural, and socio-economic changes around the world.
The speakers, ranging from grades 6 to 12, brilliantly interpreted the theme of “Powershift,” bringing fresh and dynamic approaches to the topic. Yu Ling in grade 6 talked about the power of empathy and how it can bring people together in times of crisis. Aleksandra Wiktoria Krol in grade 8 discussed how shifting power dynamics in social media can lead to cyberbullying and its impact on mental health. Glynnis Balakrishnan in grade 9 talked about the power of storytelling in bringing about social change. Aaditi Malhan in grade 11 discussed the power of resilience in overcoming personal struggles. Asya Ece Azgin in grade 11 talked about the power of inclusion in building diverse and inclusive communities. Giulia Ellero in grade 11 discussed the power of human connection in promoting mental health. Nikitas Raphael Bouras in grade 11 talked about the power of music in bringing people together, and Milena Dederko and Aleksandra Iwanczak in grade 12 talked about the power of education in empowering individuals and driving societal change.
Behind the scenes, the student organizers’ team worked tirelessly to ensure the event’s success. Comprising Ada Azgın, Ling Long, Jessica Sharma, Drishti Roy, and Egemen Basoglu, with support from Mr. Mehdi Syed, the team’s dedication and hard work were instrumental in making the TEDx event a memorable and inspiring experience for everyone involved.
The event provided a unique opportunity for students to engage in meaningful discussions about global issues, showcasing their capacity to meaningfully engage with complex topics. The event also inspired and empowered the next generation of leaders and change-makers, highlighting the importance of providing young people with the tools, resources, and opportunities to engage in thoughtful and informed discussion about the world around them.
Overall, the TEDx Youth event at IAS was a powerful demonstration of the school’s commitment to nurturing and developing the skills, talents, and passions of its students, as well as its commitment to empowering the next generation of leaders and change-makers. The event was a testament to the dedication and hard work of the students, organizers, and faculty members who made it all possible, and it is our hope that events like this will continue to inspire and empower young people to make a positive impact in the world.
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