Meet our TEDxYouthDay Reporters: Aida Ahrari
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.
Aida is 17 and lives in Kitchener, Ontario. She is reporting on TEDxYouth@Toronto in Canada. Follow her dispatches from the event on the TEDxYouthDay website.
What made you want to get involved with TEDxYouthDay?
Since I’ve started watching TED talks, I feel like I’ve grown as a person. I’ve gained more knowledge about social issues, environmental issues, and scientific discoveries than I have in my 11 years at school. So when I found out about TEDxYouthDay, I was eager to get involved in an event that provides youth around the world the opportunity to grow as individuals, just as I did. Today’s ideas are tomorrow’s reality. It is for that reason that I wanted to be a part of an event that has to potential to brighten the future.
What about TEDxYouthDay do you most look forward to?
I am excited to hear the talks that are being given by people who are making a difference in today’s society. What I look forward to the most is being able to experience the birth of an innovative idea that has the potential to make the world a better place. Not only that, I am excited to share and discuss these ideas with other youth around the world.
What do you think youth today are doing to get involved in the world?
More than ever before, youth today are making a difference in the world. Because of technology, youth today are much more aware of global issues. That has led youth to collaboratively work to make a difference. For example, at my school we have a SICA club in which we raise money to build water filtration systems in villages in Africa.
Who inspires you?
Terry Fox. To me, he represents determination and faith in the face of illness. He was and still is a source of hope to many cancer survivors and he inspires me to give hope to people who suffer from cancer.
What is something you’d like to do before you’re 80?
Find a cure for cancer.
Tell us something interesting about yourself!
I’ve lived half of my life in Iran and half of my life in Canada. Living in two countries whose cultures are so different has been an eye opening experience for me. Because of this, I’ve learned to really appreciate the differences in people. I have not learned to appreciate the cold weather though.