The Sponsors

A local Toastmasters club serves as sponsor and provides the experienced leaders needed to present the program. These adults are patient and understanding; they remember their own struggles with youthful issues and work well with kids as a result.

The adult with overall responsibility for the program is the coordinator. He or she works closely with any cooperating organization and attends each meeting, conducting most of the training and counseling participants. The coordinator has an assistant who conducts discussions and substitutes for the coordinator, should he or she be unable to attend a meeting.

How it Works

The program is presented in eight sessions during or after school, or on weekends. Each session usually lasts one to two hours. Activities taking place in the sessions include the following:

  • Evaluation of present speaking ability
  • Discussion of chairmanship principles
  • Presentation of speeches
  • Impromptu talks
  • Group evaluation
  • Discussion of speech organization
  • Discussion and practice in listening
  • Discussion of gestures in speaking
  • Discussion of voice and vocabulary
  • Exercise in chairmanship

There is usually no cost to participants for tuition or materials. The materials used in the program are produced by Toastmasters International and are provided by the sponsoring Toastmasters club, which orders them from Toastmasters World Headquarters for a small fee.

Generally, meetings follow a format similar to that of a Toastmasters club meeting. In every meeting, participants learn to apply the principles of listening, thinking and speaking.

How to Start a Program

Youth Leadership may be conducted for scout troops, 4-H clubs, church youth groups and many other organizations, and for young people in the community. All programs must be presented by a Toastmasters club.

There are five elements to be considered when organizing a Youth Leadership Program (YLP)

1) SPONSOR

WHAT / WHO?

– School – Library – Community Centre / Club – Parent Group – Toastmasters Club – Youth Organizations

BENEFITS

Help sponsor to meet their mandates.

2) PARTICIPANTS

WHO ?

YOUTH: 7-11 years old for Junior YLP.

YOUTH – 11-17 years old for YLP

YOUTH – normally 14 – 17 years old for Advanced YLP (have had previous YLP experience).

BENEFITS

Gain TOASTMASTER SKILLS: Speaking (Ad hoc – formally) – Listening – Thinking – organizing meetings – discussions – GAIN SELF CONFIDENCE.

3) COORDINATORS

The adult with overall responsibility for the program is the coordinator. He or she works closely with any cooperating organization and attends each meeting, conducting most of the training and counseling participants. The coordinator has an assistant who conducts discussions and substitutes for the coordinator, should he or she be unable to attend a meeting.

WHO?: 2 x TOASTMASTERS – often one female and one male works well.

BENEFITS

Gain new skills – Improve organization – Learn facilitating – See youth progress.

Counts for AC-Gold award.

4) FACILITIES

WHAT?

Meeting room for 8 – 10 sessions (weeks) – lecturn

Tables – chairs – +/- 20 people

CONSIDERATIONS

Any costs? Who will cover any associated costs?

5) MATERIALS

WHAT?:– Gavel – Stop watch – lights/ cards- nameplates – agendas – forms, hand-outs? – Prizes

(Videos -Advanced). To check out the YLP Coordinator Resources section : click here

ex Toastmasters International: -Manuals, certificates if required.

RESOURCES:

Please check out the many resources available on this website.

Online coordinator training sessions can be arranged to review and discuss how to coordinate these programs.

If you wish to discuss setting up a program or would like assistance, please contact the District 21 Youth Leadership Program Coordinator.