The Coast News Group

Teens gain confidence at public-speaking course

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Community Center will host an after-school public speaking course for local middle and high school students beginning 4:30 p.m. April 21 and continuing each Wednesday.
The eight-week leadership program is modeled after the Toastmaster program for adults. In the program, youngsters will focus on speech organization and delivery. The student-run meetings build confidence and develop critical leadership skills like listening, delegating, and developing constructive feedback.
Each meeting has an announced order of business and detailed agenda. Meetings will include short impromptu speeches and longer, prepared speeches. All students will have a chance to speak multiple times over the course of the program.
Toastmaster Area Governor Woodrow Wilson will assist the students along with other North County experienced Toastmaster speakers.
The program is free. Space is limited, interested students can register online at or via email [email protected].