Meet our TEDxYouthDay Reporters: Aggi Ashagre
TEDxYouthDay is this month! Almost 100 events will be taking place around the world during the weekend of November 17-18, focusing on youth and youth issues.
Aggi is 19 and lives in Baton Rouge, LA. She is reporting on TEDYouth in New York. Follow her dispatches from the event on the TEDxYouthDay website.
What made you want to get involved with TEDxYouthDay?
I have watched so many inspiring and thought-provoking TEDx talks over the past couple of years and I’ve always been a fan of the organization. I didn’t know that TEDxYouthDay existed until a couple of months ago, but as soon as I learned about it, I knew that I wanted to be involved in spreading empowering messages to my peers.
What about TEDxYouthDay do you most look forward to?
I most look forward to learning new things and connecting with other TEDxYouth from all over the world!
What do you think youth today are doing to get involved in the world?
I think a lot of today’s youth are getting involved in the world through social media. By using social media we’re able to constantly stay updated on news from around the world and even help bring awareness and raise funds for issues that affect people who are thousands of miles away.
Who inspires you?
My parents are my biggest inspirations. I’ve been so blessed to have been raised by such hard-working people who have made sure that my siblings and I never forget to stay focused, stay kind, and dream big. I’m also inspired by people such as Oprah, Soledad O’Brien, and Holly Robinson Peete who use their platforms to help other people.
What is something you’d like to do before you’re 80?
By the time I’m 80 I hope that I have already traveled to countries on each continent. I really love traveling, so I hope I get to do as much of it as I can before I decide to really settle down.
Tell us something interesting about yourself!
I have been playing drums since I was 9 years old and was the only girl on my school’s drum line until I graduated high school. Playing music and writing are two of my favorite ways to relieve stress.