Boise students organize speaking event to inspire youth

Many TED Talks introduce a problem and leave it at that, says Or Bruchim, a senior at Timberline High in Boise. That’s why a group of students organizing an upcoming TEDx event sought unique perspectives that are also “solution-oriented” and could inspire young people.

“What’s the problem you want to talk about? And what’s the potential, and maybe non-intuitive solution, that you’d like to propose?” Bruchim said of the criteria for this weekend’s speaking event. “It’s an idea to get youth together to hear these inspiring talks and connect with each other on a community level.”

Sunday’s event is branded under the banner of TEDx, a popular speaking platform that promotes “ideas worth spreading.” But Bruchim and Jisong Ryu, a junior at Timberline, have worked since May to organize the local engagement, vet potential speakers and provide a platform for youth-oriented voices.

The lineup includes talks from a congressional intern and a student council president. Cybersecurity student Kendal Kaufman will discuss the uncoupling of actions from aspirations, driven by excessive scrolling on smartphones, among young people thinking about their futures.

The organizers also invited three adults, including a life coach and author and a Boise State University exchange student from Tunisia. Timberline English Department Chair Laurie Roberts will explain how she uses empathy to engage students who are increasingly disconnected from school work.

“You have parents, mentors, students, all of whom are interested in youth empowerment, and you’re able to connect with them, you’re able to have these conversations about important issues in the community,” Bruchim said.

The event is from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at Trailhead, a co-working space in downtown Boise. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased here.


Ryan Suppe

Ryan Suppe

Senior reporter Ryan Suppe covers education policy, focusing on K-12 schools. He previously reported on state politics, local government and business for newspapers in the Treasure Valley and Eastern Idaho. A Nevada native, Ryan enjoys golf, skiing and movies. Follow him on Twitter: @ryansuppe. Contact him at [email protected]

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