|Volunteers Francis Chidambaram (far left) and Barbara Wallace (far right)|
pictured with several Youth Leadership Program participants at the Post Road Library.
This is the second year that Toastmasters International members have volunteered their time to host the Youth Leadership Program. Toastmasters International is a non-profit organization that helps people develop communication and leadership skills.
The Youth Leadership Program provides a supportive and positive experience for students in elementary, middle, and high school to overcome the nervousness they feel when asked to speak before an audience. Distinguished Toastmaster Lana McFarlane of the Healthy Voice Toastmasters Club in Alpharetta led the program this year.
Throughout the Youth Leadership Program, students learn to organize their ideas logically and practice presenting those ideas convincingly. They also learn to listen carefully to ideas presented by others.
“Each student comes to the program with a different level of comfort in speaking publicly. Their skill sets varied from those who spoke confidently with less use of notes to those who were overcome by nervousness and mumbled through reading their notes. But they all supported one another with valuable feedback during the program,” explains McFarlane.
The results of the Program and the students’ practice will be evident at the completion ceremony, adds McFarlane.
“Even the ones that were nervous and shy at the beginning eagerly volunteered to speak before the audience at the last session.”
For more information on local Toastmasters organizations and public speaking training for adults, please visit toastmasters.org/Find-a-Club. For more information on library programs and resources for students and adults, please visit www.forsythpl.org.