The Mid-Valley Toastmasters Club recently conducted a Youth Leadership Program for Rumah Hope. 20 residents of Rumah Hope, with ages ranging from 12 to 18, were selected for the program. The Gardens Hotel participated in the program by hosting it in one of their function rooms.
I was invited to be one of the judges for the speech contest that is usually held at the end of the program as part of the graduation ceremony.
In these times, when competition is the order of the day, this was truly a win-win situation for all participants.
Every young person has the potential to become a good communicator and leader, but this potential needs to be developed. The 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. 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.