The Youth Leadership Program is dedicated to developing public speaking and leadership skills for those under eighteen years of age.
The program is sponsored by local Toastmasters clubs and conducted by Toastmasters members. The program is based on the belief that every young person has the potential to become a good communicator and leader - but this potential needs to be developed. The program’s unique design follows a format similar to a typical Toastmasters meeting. The program helps participants through practical experience, learn to:
- Overcome the nervousness everyone feels when asked to
speak before an audience
- Organize and present their ideas logically and convincingly
- Listen carefully to others’ ideas
- Offer advice that will help others improve their speaking and
- Participate in – and even lead – group discussions or meetings
Through the eight-session program, participants will increase their self-confidence as they learn. They also make new friends and have fun, reinforcing that Toastmasters is an enjoyable learning experience.
For Sponsoring Clubs & Members Interested In Youth Leadership
The sponsoring club should designate one of its members to be the Youth Leadership Coordinator for the program. The individual coordinator will attend each session and will lead most of the presentations and counsel participants. The efforts of the coordinator will be recognized as part of the requirements for the person to achieve their Advanced Communicator Gold. Clubs who are considering sponsoring or Toastmasters members who are interested in running a Youth Leadership Program should contact their District Youth Leadership Coordinator to receive more advice on running such a program and inform the district coordinator on when and where a program will be running.
The program is not an award to honour those who already have become leaders either inside or outside of the school. It is for young people who have not yet developed the ability to express themselves. If you feel that your child can benefit from such a program, contact the District Youth Leadership Coordinator. The coordinator will see if there is any program which will be running in your community. Otherwise, the coordinator will put your contact information on file and inform you when a program in your community is about to begin.
For Schools & Community Youth Groups
The program is not in competition with school programs or courses, or other established youth projects. Instead, it is a supplement to these programs, providing emphasis on specialized skills and individual needs. Participants will learn speaking and leadership skills that they will use for the rest of their lives. If you are an established school or community youth group who is interested in enhancing your program, and are interested in partnering with a local Toastmasters club to sponsor a Youth Leadership Program, contact the District Youth Leadership Coordinator. The coordinator will pass your interest to Toastmaster clubs in your community to determine whether a potential partnership may be established.
Upcoming Youth Leadership Programs
Interested in finding our more? Contact Toastmasters District 86 Youth Leadership Coordinator Cindy Rocca at firstname.lastname@example.org
Toastmasters believes that economic means should not limit the opportunity for youths to participate and therefore the program is free to those who participate. The duration of each of the eight sessions and the age range of the youth who may participate in any particular program will be set by the sponsoring Toastmaster club. Also, in order to give each youth an adequate opportunity to participate, the sponsoring Toastmaster club will set the maximum number of participants for its program.