Meet our TEDxYouthDay Reporters: Maki Kuramoto
TEDxYouthDay is this weekend! Over 100 events will be taking place around the world on November 17-18, focusing on youth and youth issues.
Maki is 14 and lives in Tokyo. She is reporting on TEDxYouth@Tokyo in Japan. Follow her dispatches from the event on the TEDxYouthDay website.
What made you want to get involved with TEDxYouthDay?
I went to TEDxYouth@Tokyo last year and wanted to be involved. I loved how it was an environment for just youth, and we could speak in English even though we are in Japan! I also liked how it was interactive and inspiring! Because I felt this way I wanted to be involved so I could spread the word myself about this wonderful event!
What about TEDxYouthDay do you most look forward to?
I look forward to meeting new people and listening to inspiring talks.
What do you think youth today are doing to get involved in the world?
Many youth around the world are creating their own volunteer groups to help out local and global problems. Also, many people are spreading valuable messages through social networks such as Facebook and Twitter.
Who inspires you?
My mother inspires me. She has been raising my brother and I as a single mother, and I admire her willpower and endurance.
What is something you’d like to do before you’re 80?
I would like to skydive! I would also like to get a job relating to international relations, and travel around the world.
Tell us something interesting about yourself!
I recently found out I am 1/8 Irish! Until now, I knew I had American and Japanese heritage, but now I know I have 3 backgrounds.