TEDxFortWayne organizer Craig D. Crook said, “The theme for TEDxFortWayne for 2012 is Re-Think Fort Wayne. Who better to re-think our community than those who will inherit it? We invite area youth to dream BIG and to tell us how they want our city to change and how they want to make a difference in our community.”
The contest is simple to enter. Elementary, middle school and high school students can write their dreams or record a short speech in a 3-minute video, and then submit it to TEDxFortWayne organizers. Details can be found at bit.ly/TEDxFWstudentContest .
Selected entries will be included in a video presented at TEDxFortWayne, and selected students may even be asked to read their entries from the TEDxFortWayne stage.
Students are asked to choose one of the following four topics and then construct a message designed to share passion and to “foster learning, inspiration and wonder”:
1. share your vision for our community.
2. explain what you’re doing to improve our culture.
3. tell us about your ideas for change.
4. show us what power really means.
Crook urges students to, “Dream big, let your passion shine through, and let us all hear your call to action. Let’s re-think Fort Wayne!”
TEDxFortWayne 2012 will be held from May 19th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Visit TEDxFortWayne at http://TEDxFortWayne.com. Follow TEDxForWayne on Facebook at http://facebook.com/
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