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June 25th, 2022 
Granville Island Vancouver, BC

Image by Dominic Schaefer via granvilleisland.com


June 25th, 2022

TEDxYouth@GranvilleIsland is the first TEDx youth event hosted from the iconic and beautiful community of Granville Island. Known for its reputation as Vancouver's premier cultural hub, Granville Island's unique charm is augmented by its rich and diverse artistic, culinary, and maritime history. These various facets connect together to form the island's distinct identity.

In the spirit of the community it is hosted in, TEDxYouth@GranvilleIsland explores the big ideas and questions relevant to young people today through interesting and diverse perspectives from all walks of life. This event recognizes the value of the ideas and answers young people have in local, national, and global conversations, and aims to provide a platform for the youth to share their thoughts to a greater audience.


Our Team


Jenny Zou



Sherry Xu

Finance Director


Frank Li



George Sun

Marketing Director


Abby Tian



Coco Ji

Volunteer Coordinator & Site Manager

Our 2022 Speakers

Check out our list of amazing speakers coming to share their innovative ideas, inspiring experiences, and sound wisdom with you on the TEDxYouth@GranvilleIsland stage!


Our Theme


Our theme for this year is "CONNECTIONS". 

The global pandemic has allowed us to recognize the importance of making meaningful connections and sharing out-of-the-box ideas with our communities.

The idea behind our event is to connect individuals and to act as a catalyst for youth to turn thoughts into inspiring action.

Our Sponsors

Diamond Sponsors



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Featured Videos

Stuck at a Cultural Crossroad | Sophie Kuah | TEDxYouth@GranvilleIsland

Stuck at a Cultural Crossroad | Sophie Kuah | TEDxYouth@GranvilleIsland

Although being only 14-years-old, Sophie Kuah has always found herself “stuck at a cultural crossroad,” in other words, the Asian American Identity Crisis. She exposes how she has struggled to embrace her Asian and Canadian identities, and how her heritage allowed her to understand where she belongs. By telling her story, she wants to tell other immigrants that there is power in celebrating themselves and their culture. Sophie wants to encourage everyone to be proud of their heritage and further find solidarity amongst their communities. Sophie hopes to reach out to everyone, regardless of who they are or where they come from. She hopes to leave the audience thinking, whether that be reflecting on their own family history, trying to look through others’ perspectives, or maybe even reanalyzing a personal bias. Sophie Kuah is a first-generation Chinese-Canadian born in Vancouver, BC. She is currently a grade 8 student at York House School where she enjoys taking part in her school basketball team, playing the saxophone in band, discussing social studies, and writing in English. Sophie is inspired daily by her family, especially by her older sister and her grandmother, and she is driven by what she wants the future to look like—what she can do to improve herself and the world around her? In her spare time, Sophie also runs a food blog where she loves taking photographs, telling stories, and discovering connections between food and culture. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
New People, New Challenges, New Connections | Shine Wu | TEDxYouth@GranvilleIsland

New People, New Challenges, New Connections | Shine Wu | TEDxYouth@GranvilleIsland

Our life will be rich with treasured memories if we learn to make friends with a diverse range of people. In Shine's talk, she shares her personal experiences of learning to connect with a boy who has autism. Then, during COVID times, she challenged herself to connect more deeply with her eighty-year-old grandmother who lives far away in Shanghai China. Shine has learned that she can be friends with people who have disabilities, people of different ages, and people of different cultures. The specific communication strategies might be different. However, the essence will always remain the same. Use your heart and your creative mind to discover unique ways to connect with diverse kinds of people. Our modern society is a multi-cultural and intimate global community. We meet with people different from ourselves every day, and we could enjoy a close relationship with different people if we make creative efforts to learn more about each other and understand our differences. Warm-hearted endeavors and creative connectivity with various people are not only beneficial for self-development, but also valuable for society's progress. Shine is a 7th Grader in Vancouver. she active and positive, willing to be bright like the sunshine, enjoy everyday life, and warm the people around her. As a friend, Shine is greatly helpful. As a student, she is very responsible. As an individual, she is substantially self-motivated. Shine enjoys a wide range of interests, among which the most passionate is public speaking. Shine is ready to use all her strength to empower others and together elevate their potential, and she is eager to share her ideas of achieving valuable connectivity with different friends and her experiences in making innovative efforts from a deep heart. Shine believes quite a lot of people in Vancouver or even in the world could share the same feelings in making friends like her. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
Fail Forward to Your Success | Maxine Cruz | TEDxYouth@GranvilleIsland

Fail Forward to Your Success | Maxine Cruz | TEDxYouth@GranvilleIsland

Life is full of failures, and they can occur in different forms. Whether in your attitude, behavior, work, relationships, or school, failure can totally disrupt you. However, it is important to know that failure is not the end. You must learn from it and move forward. For Maxine specifically, she dealt with failure in her relationships, jobs, and attitude. In her speech, Maxine takes you through the process of how she noticed that her negative outlook was holding her back from her potential; she believed she was failing in life, failing her parents, and failing herself. Maxine knew she had to learn from her struggles and change herself for the better. Through this journey, she has learned valuable lessons and steps to help others when dealing with failure. Learning and improving from your experiences is crucial. Utilize the steps Maxine will teach you, and fail forward to your success. Maxine Cruz is 17 year old, and lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. Maxine is passionate about living life to its fullest and enjoying every moment. She loves meeting new people and hearing different stories about their lives. Her goal for each day is to try and maintain a positive outlook, seeing the best in people and the world around her. When Maxine is not actively trying to do that,she is reading books, preferably of the fantasy genre. She is also a Youth Facilitator at the organization Youth Empowering Youth, where she guides participants to grow into passions and further develop into the wonderful human beings she knows they are. Maxine adores animals, specifically her little fluffy dog, who is always barking at the television. Lastly, Maxine is so thankful for this opportunity to speak to you all. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

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