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Teens get speaking skills

SOLANA BEACH — The Solana Beach Branch of the San Diego County Library will host an after-school public speaking course for local middle school students beginning Oct. 12. A series of eight meetings are offered from 2:20 to 3:20 p.m. on consecutive Tuesdays (except Nov. 23) through Dec. 7.
This Youth Leadership Program is modeled after the popular Toastmaster program for adults. In the youth program, the leaders of tomorrow learn essential communication skills. The eight-week course focuses on speech organization and delivery. Its student-run meetings build student confidence and develop critical leadership skills including listening, delegating, and providing constructive feedback.
The student-run meetings follow a format similar to adult Toastmaster meetings. They use the proven Toastmaster approach of learning by doing. Each meeting has an announced order of business and a detailed agenda. Meeting leadership and roles rotate among the students. In each meeting, participants practice the arts of listening, thinking and speaking. Meetings include both short impromptu speeches and longer prepared speeches emphasizing specific speaking skills. All students speak multiple times over the course of the program.
This program is offered free-of-charge to the future leaders of America. Interested middle school age students should contact the Solana Beach Library, attention Patricia Tirona, at (858) 350-7877 to enroll.