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Abby Donelson speaks at TEDxYouthRVA 2014

RICHMOND, VA – More than a dozen local high school students have brainstormed and collaborated on how they could get involved in the TEDxYouth conference.

Teens from Collegiate School, Glen Allen High School in Henrico County and James River High School in Chesterfield County created TEDxYouth@RVA 2015 as a way to bring together bright minds to give short, powerful talks about “ideas worth spreading.”

The theme for the conference is “Made in the Future.” Organizers said the goal is to spark great conversations between young people about what kind of future they want to live in and how they can be part of creating it.

Speakers ages 13 to 45 will share personal views, ideas and insights related to this topic.

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“One thing I hear constantly is that our future is in jeopardy if we don’t fix things,” said Collegiate senior David Angstadt. “We tend to focus on the negatives we are, and will be, facing in the future. I can think of no better resource to use to portray a positive view of the future.”

The speaker lineup includes Dominic Barrett of Shalom Farms, Josh Bailey from the Gray Haven Project, students from Tomahawk Creek Middle School and their eNable the Future project, Craig Dodson of Richmond Cycling Corps, Garth Callaghan of Napkin Notes, Ellen Cockerham of ClassicalRevolutionRVA and more.

There will be food, music and an interactive session, which will include how to assemble the 3D printed hands, screen printing, and a student from Mosby Middle School showing his award winning science project on the effect of dogs on lowering stress in children.

Launched in 2009, TEDx is program of locally organized events that bring the community together to share a TEDlike experience.

TED conferences invite leading thinkers and doers from around the world to speak on a diverse mix of topics, and these are “topics that create action, not just thoughts,” said James River High School senior Anna Davis.

The event will be held on Sat., Nov. 14 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. at Collegiate School’s Hershey Center for the Arts Oates Theater, located at 103 N. Mooreland Road.

It is free and open to the general public, but registration is required.