Youth Advisory Board TEDx Cherry Creek Youth
BY Youth FOR Youth
The TEDx Cherry Creek Youth Advisory Board is made up of young people from across Colorado who are passionate about giving youth voices a space on the TEDx stage.
The Youth Advisory Board is involved in every facet of producing this TEDx event and work with the TEDx Cherry Creek team to learn valuable skills along the way.
The TEDx Cherry Creek Youth Advisory Board is made possible by a generous grant from the community outreach program of:
Meet the Board
Stargate Charter School
Douglas County HS
My name is Maya Ayres, and I am 15 years old. I am currently a sophomore at Douglas County High School. I am also a past speaker of TEDxCherryCreekWomen
Aside from TEDx, I was interviewed by Rocky Mountain PBS on Colorado Voices. Currently, I am an ongoing volunteer at Douglas County Libraries. I have continued to advocate for our environment throughout the community by preparing to lead educational and inspirational classes this winter at Heritage Eagle Bend retirement community. Starting the conversation about plastic pollution and our future environmental risks through many platforms I feel are the best ways to gain community awareness as well as create immediate and long-lasting change.
Rocky Mountain Lutheran HS
Anna is a teen business owner and speaker with a passion for creative writing. She believes everyone has an important story to share, and creative writing is the tool to uncover your voice and stand out.
Meera Bipin is currently a sophomore at Legacy High School. As a high school student, she enjoys participating in many clubs and activities including Sophomore Class Leadership, Model United Nations, Future Business Leaders of America, and running on Legacy’s Track Team.
At the first TedxYouth@CherryCreek event, Meera performed a Bharatanatyam Dance and she loved being able to showcase her culture to the audience. She is looking forward to her time on the TedxYouthAdvisory Board and can’t wait to bring many more opportunities like this to other youth! In her free time, she enjoys art, reading, and spending time outdoors with family and friends.
Ava Conley is a sophmore at Legacy High School in Broomfield Colorado. She spoke at the TEDxYouth@CherryCreek 2022 event.
Ava is a part of Legacy 2000, a STEM program at her school. Her current areas of interest center around neuroscience and psychology. She enjoys volunteering and is serving her fourth year on the Youth Advisory Board at A Precious Child, a local non-profit organization that works to provide all children with the resources they need to reach their full potential. Ava is a member of her school’s Future Bussiness Leaders of America chapter where she placed fifth at the state conference. Ava also runs on her school’s cross country and track teams.
Chris Cervantes Dunn
They also have strong opinions when it comes to how we can make the world better, on both small and larger scales. In their talk, they are planning on speaking on the importance of adequate education when it comes to health, and how schools specifically need to implement comprehensible and manditory health education.
During their time in high school, Chris has participated in Wheat Ridge’s Speech and Debate team, which has increased their ability to speak in public, and sufficiently express their ideas. Within this, they have also been able to grow as a leader, especially when it comes to being a section leader within Wheat Ridge’s orchestral programs. Through their many extracurricular activities both inside and outside their school, Chris has been able to gain real-world experience when it comes to jobs, internships, and the ability to balance school and work life. They are headstrong, and always willing to share their opinions.
Ruby is a past TEDx speaker. They gave their talk at the first ever TEDXYOUTH@CHERRYCREEK event, on gender identy and pronouns.
Ruby is starting their senior year at Lakewood High School this fall. The past three years they have lettered in high honors, and are proud to have joined the National Thespian Society.They enjoy taking AP classes and, challenging themself to learn everything they can. Not only are they skilled in academics but they also enjoy the arts. Often they can be found after school working in the theater company as a crew cheif or in the art department drawing. Once done with high school they plan to continue pursuing social jutice wherever they end up.
Wheat Ridge HS
Ella Winthers is a 16 year old junior at Wheat Ridge High School. She spoke at the TEDxYouth@CherryCreek event in 2022. During which, she talked about the pressures that are placed upon her generation (gen z) to have to constantly save the world.
Ella has a passion for sustainability and hopes to go into a stem field in the future. She is a team lead for her school’s STEM team where they build hydrogen powered cars for the Shell Eco Marathon. Through the process of building cars, Ella has gained skills in problem solving along with leadership. Ella is also a driven and motivated student who takes primarily AP and honors classes. She is always striving for success and the opportunity to continue her learning both inside and outside of school. Having done both speech and debate and marching band, Ella has a skill for performing in front of crowds. She loves to be able to share her ideas with those around her, along with giving the chance to speak to others. Ella has a fiery personality and will take on any challenge head first