From Andrew P Bennett DTM District 91 Youth Leadership Adviser
Fellow Toastmasters as we begin a new Toastmasters year I want to thank all who have contributed to our Youth Leadership Program and Gavel Club work. Here is a short update on the latest news .... even more excitement to follow in the coming months!
Merchant Taylors Prep School Gavel Club has continued for a second year under the guidance of Toastmaster Raphael Kopel ( Watford Speakers. ) 30 boys between the ages of 9 and 13 take part on a regular basis. Favourite football clubs are high on the list of subjects to speak about, also school subjects both favourites and not so favourite! Table Topics Session are lively and Raphael is really impressed with with some of the boys who display fine leadership skills as well as developing as speakers.
Toastmaster Patrick Ebbs ( Epsom Speakers) has just completed a second Youth Leadership Program at Glyn School. He has had the pleasure of watching the number of participants grow from the 12 initially in the group. Both Head Boy and Head Girl have participated this year. This is a YLP specifically for the Sixth Form and Patrick tells me it is great watching the young people transform from nervous to confident speakers' ready for the big bad world.'
Epsom Speakers has also provided a Toastmaster Evaluator at every meeting of the Reeds School Public Speaking Club for the last 10 years and Patrick currently coordinates this on behalf of the club. An additional YLP is to be be coordinated by Toastmaster Charlie Warshawski this autumn. Congratulations Epsom Speakers on 10 years of sharing public speaking and leadership skills with young people and thank you!
Northern Lights Speakers Toastmasters Rona Harding and Jan Winnick have been running two Youth Leadership Programs on alternate Thursdays and Fridays at St Anne's School in Palmers Green to cope with the demand and enthusiasm of the girls. They are now looking forward to their YLP Certificate Giving Celebration in mid July and will report back to us all on the event. We look forward to celebrating with them.
Finally City Limits Speakers will return to the Social Mobility Foundation this summer where a team of Toastmasters headed by Catherine Casale, Marc Lottig & David Salamons will deliver a Youth Leadership Program following on from last year's success.
A new Toastmasters year is a great time for considering when you and your club will coordinate / sponsor a Youth Leadership Program. Feel free to contact me click to email