Every young person has the potential to become a good communicator and leader, but this potential needs to be developed. The Toastmasters Youth Leadership program’s unique eight-session, workshop-style design enables participants to develop this potential through practical experience.
The program is not in competition with school programs or courses, or other established youth projects. Instead, it’s a supplement to these programs, providing emphasis on specialized speaking and leadership skills, and individual needs. Ideally the Youth Leadership Program is targeted at transition year students.
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 discussion or meetings.
- Learn the importance of public speaking in interviews and future careers.
Participants increase their self-confidence as they learn.
Winners and Second place contestants
“Indeed it provides a great platform especially for the quieter students to find their feet and develop leadership skills. What I found is that the loud boisterous “messer” of the class was more than likely the one, when put on the spot to speak, the person who struggled the most. It certainly provides a level playing pitch and respect for fellow students was adopted at an early stage of the program. We’d a competition on the last week to vote on the best speaker. We were amazed at how much one on the quieter students had come on so much over the course of the program and scoped the prize. Indeed many of the students were very grateful and personally came up to us afterwards to thank us. A few asked when they could join a Toastmasters club” Michael Collins, Youth Leadership Coordinator, Clements Secondary School, Limerick.”
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