When the kids arrive for the first session of Davie Toastmasters’ Youth Leadership Program, many are extremely shy — getting them to speak loud enough to be heard and for more than 30 seconds is a struggle.
Seven weeks later, these same children get up in front of their parents and give five-minute speeches or breeze through a Table Topic. For the Davie Toastmasters who have spent two months working with them, there is no prouder moment.
For the last eight summers, Davie has been running a YLP for the children of Kerala Samajam, an Indian-American social club. And while it takes a bit of work and the members who take part have to give up some summer Saturday afternoons, the club looks forward to it each year and it is a chance to do community service. It also exposes some highly motivated and intelligent young people to Toastmasters, which can only help our club and the overall organization in the future as they move into adulthood.Continue reading “Give the Toastmasters Youth Leadership Program a shot – the kids and your members will love it”
Terry Spencer, ACG and CLB, has been a member of Davie Toastmasters since 2007 and won the 2012 District 47 Humorous Speech Contest. He is a veteran journalist, the last 20 years with The Associated Press.