We're TEDxYouth@ColumbiaSC, an annual youth conference founded in 2012 to inspire and educate local youth, and we feature new or rarely-discussed ideas and perspectives to guide our youth as they become inquisitive and open-minded. TEDx conferences are offshoots of the main TED conference, which takes place annually in California; however, TEDx events aim to be more affordable and are local-oriented. We're a group of local teens, and with the help of careful planning, and of course, last-minute preparation, Columbia's first ever TEDxYouth conference occurred in April 2012. With 3 speakers and 2 performers, we were on our way. This year's conference, locally presented by Pennington Law Firm, focuses on youth empowerment, and fittingly, will showcase more youth speakers and performers. It will take place on Saturday, April 27, from 10am to 1pm, at the IT-oLogy Auditorium on Gervais, and is free and open to all ages.