Tyler Page's movement to empower youth started with an episode of Oprah covering the epidemic of child trafficking for fishing labor in Ghana. When he found out that just $240 could keep a child out of such horrible conditions for a year, he rallied classmates and friends to wash cars and raise money—nearly $1200. Today, Tyler's nonprofit organization, Kids Helping Kids (dedicated to empowering youth ages 5-18 through hands-on leadership) has raised over $145,000 for kids locally and around the world. In addition to regular monthly meetings open to all kids in the community, Kids Helping Kids' leadership academy was picked up as an afterschool pilot program at a middle school. When Tyler isn't at the helm of his organization, he can be found on the football or baseball field.In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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