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Social Change


High school Scholars in this program work one-on-one with a mentor from Ohio State who helps them construct and present a 15-minute speech in which they articulate their ideas and passions. Scholars in the program are encouraged to discover and articulate their passions over the course of a semester, culminating in a student-led, TED-style conference.

TED-Ed Club at East High School was piloted in Spring 2015 as the first of its kind in the country, this program was born of a partnership between the Department of Social Change, TED and TEDxOhioStateUniversity. The mission of the program is to empower high school students to take the next step in their lives by pursuing higher education and striving to be the change they wish to see in their communities. Students also have the opportunity to attend a locally-organized TEDx event in the fall and the student-organized, campus-hosted TEDxOhioStateUniversity conference in the spring.

With an understanding of the complex factors leading to scholar success, the program includes healthy snacks and transportation when necessary. Additionally, mentors undergo a rigorous training process that includes education in community affairs and history.