Talks from kids that will give you hope for the world

Jim Patrick at TEDxKids@ElCajon

Young people are doing amazing stuff right now — from fighting bullying to working to halt climate change. We’ve collected some of our favorite recent talks from kids to get you hopeful for the future. Watch them all below:

Jacob Smlig used his programming skills to create a communication device for his best friend Ethan — who lost his ability to speak after being struck by lightning. At TEDxVienna, Smilg shares how he created the device — and what it has meant for his relationship with his best friend.

Aalyah Figueroa is in fifth grade and believes that girls need outstanding role models. In this talk, she shares some of her own.

After dealing with bullying and loneliness at school, 9-year-old Charlie Cooper wanted to help shy kids to make friends on the playground. He set up a “Buddy Bench” — a place on the playground for kids to sit when they need a friend.

At TEDxKids@PortoSeguroSchool, fourth grader Giovanna Tolomei Bergamo explains why she believes climate change matters — and what we can do to halt it.

Fifth grader Lena Latef experienced scars from the war in Iraq and her classmate Amira Matti experienced a home accident in Central America — and in this talk, the two conclude that outer beauty is nothing compared to kindness, compassion and understanding.

When the world talks about LGBTQ rights, they don’t often take into account the feelings of 12-year-olds, Rayna Houston says at TEDxKids@ElCajon. In this talk, she shares the lessons she has learned through talks with her LGBTQ friends. and reminds us that we are all unique and beautiful in our own way.

First grader Jim Patrick loves math. In this incredibly energetic talk at TEDxKids@ElCajon, he shares why math is the best and why you should think so, too.