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About TEDxYouth@TheFunkZone

TEDxYouth@TheFunkZone was founded in early 2015, when Gaby Goldberg and Zoe Reifel (sophomores at the time) decided they wanted to create a space where local teenagers could share their ideas, innovations, and discoveries with one another. 

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On April 10, 2016, nearly 100 local teenagers filled The Narrative Loft , where they heard from four live speakers all under the age of eighteen. Their talks, hosted on YouTube, now have over 35,000 views.

Meet the Speakers

Kendrick Chavez

Entrepreneur and

motivational speaker

19-year-old Kendrick Chavez is the creator of Empower Workouts, a motivational fitness program led by other teenagers. His passion is to inspire others to go after their dreams and get in the best shape possible at any age. Kendrick is an actor, model, fitness competitor and 30x gold medalist martial artist.

Nik Harger

Musician, artist,

and designer

Nik Harger is a senior in Santa Barbara High’s Multimedia Arts & Design Academy. He is a music producer, composer, graphic designer, and multi-instrumentalist. Nik has done sound design for an iPhone application, interned for a film composer, and works as a typographer. As a musician, he’s opened up for bands such as Iration and Rebelution. 

Jessie Lindsey

Optimist and

nonprofit founder

Jessica Lindsey is a senior at San Marcos High School. She developed a program for foster youth called Building Opportunities for Achievement (BOA). Her work behind BOA led her to be awarded the 2015 Rising Star of The Year Award from the National Association of Women Business Owners. In her free time, Jessica loves to paint.

James Roney

Scientist and

computer programmer

James is a sophomore at Dos Pueblos High School. In 2014, his science project on ant pheromones was honored with the First Place Science Award at the Broadcom MASTERS national competition. In his free time, James enjoys science fiction, writing, and freestyle rapping. He is currently a programmer for a FIRST robotics team.

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Nik Harger

Musician, artist,

and designer

Nik Harger is a senior in Santa Barbara High’s Multimedia Arts & Design Academy. He is a music producer, composer, graphic designer, and multi-instrumentalist. Nik has done sound design for an iPhone application, interned for a film composer, and works as a typographer. As a musician, he’s opened up for bands such as Iration and Rebelution.