The Youth Leadership Program helps young people develop the communication and leadership skills they need to be successful adults. The program is conducted by a coordinator for a group of young people under the age of eighteen, in four to eight sessions of one to two hours each. Ideally, there will be 15-25 participants; the minimum number is five.
Over the course of these sessions, participants learn about effective public speaking, have the opportunity to practice speaking themselves, and can be mentored by experienced Toastmasters if they desire. Friendships can and do blossom from the Youth Leadership experience.
This is a very effective way for a teenager to acquire the skills of speaking, listening, thinking, and evaluating -- all skills that are extremely important in today's world.
The sessions of the Youth Leadership Program covers a variety of topics which play a part in good public speaking. Participants learn to:
Overcome nervousness when speaking before an audience.
Organize and present ideas logically and convincingly.
Listen carefully to others' ideas.
Offer advice to help others improve their speaking and leadership skills.
Participate in - and even lead - group discussions or meetings.
For more information or to volunteer, contact the District Club Growth Director.