Youth Leadership

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Azhar Khan DTM and YLP Chair taking autograph by Jim Kokocki, Past International President during the Graduation Ceremony of the YLP on November 12, 2015 at McLeans Community Centre, Ajax ON.

Azhar Khan DTM and YLP Chair taking autograph by Jim Kokocki, Past International President during the Graduation Ceremony of the YLP on November 12, 2015 at McLeans Community Centre, Ajax ON.

Jim Kokocki, Past International Toastmasters President addressing graduated youth with his motivational speech.

YLP Graduates of the West Humber Collegiate

YLP Graduates at Scarborough Village Recreation Centre

Youth at East York Jamatkhana. This is the first time organize a Youth Leadership Program at East York Jamatkhana. Great volunteer support to this event.

First-time YLP at Scarborough Village Recreation Centre. Great efforts by Toastmasters Coordinators.

Jim Kokocki, Past International Toastmasters President cutting the cake during the Graduation Ceremony of the Youth Leadership Program on November 11, 2015, at McLeans Community Centre. Kids are very excited to see the International President around them.

Excited youth during the Youth Leadership Program at Ajax Welcome Centre, Ajax ON. You can see a Spider-Man among them.

A youth table topic speaker clarifying his point of view based on the topic during the Graduation Ceremony of the Youth Leadership Program.

A best-prepared speaker youth receiving her award from Jim Kokocki, International President of Toastmasters. Brian Bridgeman DTM, Elton Brown DTM, Past District 60 President, Leila Bates, Azhar Khan DTM and Regional Councillor Kevin Ashe, City of Pickering with the winner speaker.

Cassandra John, A model table topics speaker addressing youth during the Graduation Ceremony of the Youth Leadership Program.

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Eight-week workshop helps youth develop communication and leadership skills.

Every young person has the potential to become a good communicator and leader, but this potential needs to be developed. The Youth Leadership Program’s unique eight-session, workshop-style design enables participants to develop this potential through practical experience.

The Youth Leadership Program is a workshop consisting of eight one- to two-hour sessions that enable young people to develop communication and leadership skills through practical experience. The program is presented during or after school, or on weekends.

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, 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

Participants increase their self-confidence as they learn. They also make new friends and have fun. Toastmasters is an enjoyable learning experience!

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Participants enjoy hands-on, experiential learning 

The Youth Leadership Program is a workshop consisting of eight one- to two-hour sessions that enable participants to develop communication and leadership skills through practical experience. The program is presented during or after school, or on weekends. Participants learn to:

  • Evaluate present speaking ability
  • Organize and give speeches
  • Give impromptu talks
  • Control voice, vocabulary, and gestures
  • Give constructive feedback and more

Each Youth Leadership Program group is limited to 25 people. Youth range from 12-17 years of age. Participants are selected by the sponsoring Toastmasters club or by a cooperating organization (such as a school etc.).

A local Toastmasters club serves as a sponsor and provides a volunteer Toastmasters coordinator to present the program. The workshop and workbooks are free. There is no charge to participate in the program.  The volunteer coordinator and an assistant attend each meeting, where they will lead the presentations. Meetings generally follow a format similar to that of a adult Toastmasters club meeting, including an announced agenda, practice in parliamentary procedure, and the selection of presiding officers.

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