[email protected], made possible by University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus, connects students aged 12 to 22 with the state’s most brilliant thinkers to inspire students to be more creative and innovative in their own lives and communities. What better way to inspire the innovators and leaders of tomorrow than connecting them to the power of ideas—for free? That’s the driving thought behind [email protected] Students and educators from across the state are invited to the event, which will be held on Friday, June 1st from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Colorado’s most brilliant thinkers and accomplished doers will share their big ideas on topics such as education, science, health, technology, entrepreneurship, and sustainability. The Youth Event is open to students aged 12 to 22 and offered at no cost. Students will hear from powerful speakers from around the state—some of whom will speak at the main TEDxMileHigh event. Youth event presenters include international social entrepreneur Bianca Griffith, five-time cancer survivor and comedian Woody Roseland, slam poetry trio Slam Nuba, and several others. Youth speakers will also take the stage to share their experiences. The program promises to challenge audience members to think critically about their lives, communities and own leadership, and is designed to inspire the students to be more creative and innovative. The event will be a great way for students of the same school to connect around the ideas and collaborate on how they might implement them. Also, the topics discussed can serve as a way to supplement existing classroom lessons. Comparable leadership experiences to [email protected] typically cost hundreds of dollars per participant. Schools can bring as few as 20 students and as many as 350. TEDxMileHigh recommends one to two adult chaperones for every 15 to 20 students under the age of 18. Schools are asked to coordinate the logistics of getting teacher and parent approval and arranging transportation. For those schools that need to pay for buses, TEDxMileHigh can cover some or all of these transportation costs. In addition to hearing live speakers and recorded TED Talks on June 1st, attendees will be able to visit the TEDxMileHigh Exhibits Lounge before and after the Youth Event, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. and 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The Exhibits Lounge will showcase technology demonstrations, new products, creative works of art and other innovative projects. A special thanks to TEDxMileHigh’s partner, University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus, and TEDxMileHigh volunteers and supporters for making [email protected] possible through their generous support. If you are interested in having your school attend TEDxMileHigh’s Youth Event, click here to reserve your tickets. Image courtesy of Flickr user Áthila Armstrong. What topics would you like to see addressed at the Youth Event? What innovative ideas have 6-12 graders implemented in your community to create an impact?