RANDOLPH, NJ- For the first time ever, Randolph High School will host a TEDxYouth event, a “trailblazing” program which will incorporate dynamic speakers, videos and live music. The event was founded by Randolph High School student Charlotte Schreiber through her Option II program. 

Some of the incredible presentations will feature Randolph residents who have accomplished great things, including a visually impaired member of the U.S. Paralympics Alpine National Team, and a drone film of the demolition of the Greystone Psychiatric Hospital that was played at the New York Film Festival. TEDxYouth@Randolph is scheduled for April 16, from 5 - 9 p.m., in the main auditorium.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.

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The theme of TEDxYouth@Randolph is “The Trailblazers”. Charlotte Schreiber, a senior at RHS and the Lead Organizer of TEDxYouth@Randolph, defines a trailblazer as “Someone who stands up against societal norms, gets their hands dirty, and facilitates change. Someone like Steve Jobs or Jackie Robinson is a trailblazer.

"I chose this theme because it spoke to what we were trying to accomplish,” Schreiber said. “I think teenagers can really get behind the idea of someone who thinks outside of the box and works hard.”

Three of the students, Schreiber - Lead Organizer, Joey Hart - Communications, Editorial and Marketing Director, and Ben Lane - Art and Design Director, are working on the project as part of the Option II program provided at RHS.

“It’s been really fun, but challenging. I like how there is a way for everyone’s skill set to be utilized to the fullest.” Lane commented. Option II allows students to create their own curriculum based around their future interests to gain class credit in a non-traditional way. Also dedicated to the team and assisting are Kyle Ross - Sponsorship and Budgets Manager, and Katherine Miao - Lead Curator.  Each student plays an important role in bringing the event to fruition.

“This is the first time Randolph High School has taken on such an ambitious venture,” said Nicole Dixon, RHS Option II Coordinator. “It has been great watching the students grow. They are learning valuable tools such as teamwork, task management, and organization skills.”

All talks and performances will be filmed and posted on the TEDx YouTube channel. Space is limited to only 100 people. Online applications to attend can be found at tedxyouthrandolph.com.

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to ideas worth spreading. After starting as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less.

Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast event in nearby Whistler. The annual TEDGlobal conference will be held this October in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. TED's media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed.

TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.    

 Follow TEDxYouth@Randolph on Twitter @tedxyouthdolph and Instagram @tedxyouthrandolph, and check them out on Facebook atwww.facebook/TEDxYouthRandolph.

For more information, or to schedule an interview, contact Joey Hart, Communications, Editorial and Marketing Director, at tedxyouthrandolph@gmail.com.