IFYE Student Speakers

The Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium, a division of Bluegrass Tomorrow, Inc, is hosting two Idea Festival Youth Events (IFYE) in the Spring of 2018!

  • The first event will be hosted by Centre College in partnership with Asbury University.  The event is scheduled for March 29, 2018.
  • The second event will be hosted at the new, Frederick Douglas High School, in Lexington Kentucky on April 11, 2018. – SORRY – THE APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR THIS IFYE HAS PASSED

The events will each offer over 800 students in the Bluegrass Region opportunities to present to and learn from their peers in a TED style talks and explore pathways in a Career Maker Faire.

Our team is accepting applications for TED style presentations (max time of 15 minutes). Our desire is to provide a platform for the voices of our students. To embrace emerging leaders on the cutting edge of progress and inspire their peers to ask what thing of value lies within themselves.

Application Deadline: Tuesday, February 27, 2018.

Public Speaking coaching offered as needed or requested.

Register to join our IFYE Speaker Pool using the application at the bottom of this page.

To Download a printable version of our application please click here: PRINTABLE IFYE SPEAKER APPLICATION


To view some previous IFY Student Talks, please see the links below which feature Kentucky student speakers.

Computer Driven Machine –by Will Kimmerer

One Less Lonely Girl…or Boy — by Faith LoPiccolo

The Super “I” — by Tamron Keith

The Shakespearean Experience for Children — by Jessica Bailey

Expanding Scientific Horizons — by Thomas Callahan

IdeaFestival™ Talks Recap — by Sam Waltman

Password must be at least 7 characters long.
Password must be at least 7 characters long.

-Indicate which location at which you would like to present. You may request both but are not guaranteed a spot at either. -No talk may be more than 15 minutes. -All Power Point (PPT) Presentations are to be submitted no later than 1 week prior to the event. -Students are responsible for the their transportation to & from the event. -Lunch is provided.

Example: Musing from the iGeneration on Polarization and Partisanship
Please include the 3 most important ideas or points.
Why is it important? How does it challenge current ways of thinking? How is it unique?