Brampton's first-ever TEDx event for youth is being hosted on March 1, 2014 by a group of local youth. Sponsored by ACCESS, the theme is Redefining Normal. The event will focus on empowering youth to lead creative, self-satisfying lives that will enable them to look beyond the conventional forms of living.

TEDxYouth@Brampton will be taking place at St. Marguerite d'Youville Secondary School. The March 1 date will connect it with other TEDxYouth events worldwide.

Ideas worth spreading

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED created TEDx, a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience in their community. The official title, TEDxYouth@Brampton, indicates the event is directed towards youth in the Brampton-area, but we also hope the talks will inspire those of all ages, in all regions as well.

Live speakers and TED Talk videos will combine to spark in-depth discussions related to the theme, Redefining Normal. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

Redefining Normal

Adolescents and young adults are faced with the monumental challenge of determining their fate. They have been told by parents, teachers, and society what a "normal" life should look like, which leads them to set off into the world, constraint by vision blinders, never realizing to the full extent what life can offer. The TEDxYouth@Brampton event focuses on equipping today's youth with the wisdom to create a life for themselves that falls on the positive sidelines of normal.

The youth organizing the event strive to empower audience members to look beyond what has been done, and focus on what can be. It can only be through constant disapproval of our system that real change and happiness can be captured.

The conference's speakers range from Noble Lauriets to charismatic leaders, who all share a single vision: to share their ideas in the hopes to alter our mindset. These Speakers and Entertainers are being announced weekly leading up to the event at

Tickets are now available online here.


About ACCESS ACCESS is a youth-lead, non-profit organization that educates, empowers, and inspires youth to drive positive change. Currently based in Brampton and Toronto, ACCESS is run by a dedicated group of youth, ranging from high-school to university students and recent graduates. Originally founded to help students access education in developing countries, ACCESS has grown to focus on social innovation and youth social entrepreneurship, continuing to empower youth to create change locally and globally.