The 2nd Annual TEDxYOUTH@DINOSAURPARK videos go live!

Speaker, Wiyaka performed an original spoken-word poem!

This October 14, 2017, LCE had the pleasure of being a lead sponsor for the 2nd Annual TEDxYouth@DinosaurPark event in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Native and Non-Native communities of South Dakota came together in a collaborative educational environment to see 6 diverse speakers share their ideas at the Journey Museum and Learning Center on the theme, Voices of the Land. It was a HUGE success!

We have assembled (in alphabetical order) the videos and the bios of each speaker below! Check it out and please share!

  • Alice Liou: “Disrupting the Invisible Ism”   Alice is an educator who works with young people to use design and storytelling as a means to amplify youth voice and build critical community. She is a current Ph.D. student and previously a middle school teacher, a curriculum designer, and an educational researcher. In her talk, Alice shares her idea the ageism is the invisible ism that every person experiences. She takes us though movements led by young people and what we can do to challenge the assumption that youth are “just too young.”

  • Jared Narlock: “Finding Joy” Jared is an advocate for lifelong learning and development. He has had the immense pleasure working to make a difference in the lives of those he works with as the Vice President of Talent Development for Regional Health and as an active volunteer with junior achievement in Rapid City. In his talk, Jared experienced the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, a tipping point in his life, and walks us through his journey to finding joy

  • Liliana Tamayo: Indigenous Rising  Liliana is Sicangu Lakota, raised on the Rosebud Reservation. She currently a Junior in college in Omaha, NE and a mentor to Native students who attend Omaha Public Schools. In her talk, Liliana shares her experiences with the movement at Standing Rock against the Dakota Access Pipeline, and explains the importance of today’s Indigenous Rising movements.

  • Marissa Lee Snider “More than 0.01%” Marisa is Lakota from the Hunkpapa, Oglala, and Sicangu bands. She is a recent college graduate who majored in computer science. She is a software developer and is dedicated towards giving back to her community through the access and use of technology. In her talk, Marisa shares that the stark statistic that Native American women make up only 0.01% of technologists, and walks us through the solution of increasing access in Native communities.
  • Nayana Rathmalgoda AKA Lobo Reincarnated “How to Save the Rhino” Nayana  is a Critically Acclaimed Artist, entirely self-taught. Joined onstage with his K9, Angel, he is highly passionate about wildlife with a focus on the illegal wildlife trade. In this talk, Nayana shares his project created through his collaboration with the NGO, Breaking the Brand, to combine art and science in an innovative new approach to combat the trade in Rhino Horn at it’s source.

  • Wiyaka Little Spotted Horse “My Past, Your Future” Wiyaka is a 17-year-old student attending Little Wound High School on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. She is a young poet and artist. In her talk, Wiyaka performs her original spoken-word poem, “My past, Your future.” She is member of Lakota Children’s Enrichment’s Youth Advisory Board.

    Thank you for taking the time to watch these amazing young people share their ideas. We could not produce this event on our own! Thank you to our amazing volunteers and sponsors! Organizers were: Maggie Dunne (Lead Organizer), Autumn White Eyes (Organizer, MC, and Speaker Coach), Cindy Dunne (Organizer and Speaker Coach), Troy Kilpatrick (Organizer and Venue Coordinator), the Journey Museum and Learning Center (event venue), Indigene Entertainment Studios (Photography and Videography), Copy Country (Printing), the Performing Arts Center of Rapid City (lighting), and a huge group of volunteers made up of Lakota youth, LCE’s Youth Board, and community members from the Pine Ridge Reservation!

Special props goes out to Indigene Entertainment Studios! Willi White and Angel White Eyes did all of the filming, photography, and editing for the event! WOPILA! (Thank you!)

The first TEDxYouth@DinosaurPark took place in April 2016 and was the first TEDxYouth event ever produced in Rapid City, South Dakota. The second event took place on October 14, 2017!

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.

TEDxYouth@DinosaurPark, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, like ours, are self-organized.

Learn more about TEDx HERE.

Visit the TEDxYouth@DinosaurPark’s website HERE. 

Check out all of the photos from our event HERE.

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