YOUTH LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
The Youth Leadership Program is a workshop consisting of eight one- to two-hour sessions that enable young people under the age of 18 to develop their communication and leadership skills through practical experience. The program is presented during or after school, or on weekends. In the workshop, young people learn valuable skills including:
How the program works
Participants in the Youth Leadership Program are selected by a sponsoring Toastmasters club or by a cooperating organization (such as a school). The workshops are structured for small group learning and are limited to 25 students. They are presented by a coordinator who attends each meeting. Meetings generally follow a format similar to that of a Toastmasters club meeting, with an announced agenda that includes practice in parliamentary procedure, prepared and impromptu speeches and the selection of presiding officers.
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Vicki Noethling, DTM -D44 Immediate Past District Director
Two qualifications apply in order to serve as a Toastmaster YLP Coordinator To qualify to serve as a Youth Leadership Program Coordinator, the individual must first be an active Toastmaster in good standing with a Toastmasters club, and have accomplished six speech projects in the basic Communication and Leadership Program. Secondly, since Toastmasters clubs are the only recognized sponsors of a Youth Leadership Program, the Toastmaster club’s executive committee must authorize a decision to offer a Youth Leadership Program, and then appoints or approves a qualifying Toastmaster to serve as Youth Leadership Program Coordinator. It is typically the case that the sponsoring Toastmasters club funds the materials cost for the YLP offering.
The YLP Coordinator may welcome in additional support and involvement of a Toastmaster assistant, or various outside speakers, presenters or community members, however only one Toastmaster and one Toastmaster Club is recognized as having served as the YLP Coordinator and sponsoring Toastmaster Club for any given Youth Leadership Program.
Serving as Youth Leadership Program Coordinator meets one of the achievement criteria of Advanced Communicator Gold. Individual Toastmasters who coordinate and conduct a Youth Leadership Program can record this on a “Member Achievement Record”, then use this recorded information when completing the application for the Advanced Communicator – Gold achievement level. The signature of the club’s Vice President – Education then verifies that a Youth Leadership Program has been completed.