July 7, 2013


Posted by Leila Bates, GYTM Sponsored Toastmasters Youth Leadership Program Coordinator and Facilitator; Fall 2012, Spring 2013.

Every young person has the potential to become a good communicator and leader, but this potential needs to be developed. - Toastmasters International
Youth Leadership Program
Purpose of the Youth Leadership
The Youth Leadership Participants
The Youth Leadership Sponsors
How Youth Leadership Works
How to Start a Youth Leadership Program

The Youth Leadership Program is an 8 week program designed for youth to develop the skills they require to give presentations within school and the community.  
The program develops is designed for youth between the ages of 10 - 17 years old.  It is through the Youth Leadership Program that the youth are able to develop confidence to speak in front of their peers, they develop social relationship skills, debate skills, impromptu speaking skills, how to relate and communicate with others within a team atmosphere, and many skills that each person needs to communicate effectively in today's world.


Think of the successful leaders you know.

They probably have one trait in common – the ability to communicate effectively. Kids need the Youth Leadership program so they can grow to meet the challenges of adulthood and leadership successfully. Sponsored and conducted by Toastmasters International and its local clubs, Youth Leadership helps young people build their communication and leadership skills so they may become tomorrow's leaders in business, industry and the community.

GYTMs Youth Leaders at Graduation Day; Spring 2013 (missing from the photo is Aidan, Ashley, Christopher and Arshad.)


Purpose of the Program

Every young person has the potential to become a good communicator and leader, but this potential needs to be developed. The program's unique eight-session, workshop-style design enables participants to develop this potential through practical experience.
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 and leadership skills, and individual needs. Participants learn to:
  1. Overcome nervousness when speaking before an audience.
  2. Organize and present ideas logically and convincingly.
  3. Listen carefully to others' ideas.
  4. Offer advice to help others improve their speaking and leadership skills.
  5. 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!


    The Participants

    Each Youth Leadership program group is limited to 15 to 20 people, with a maximum of 25. That way, each person receives individual attention and has the opportunity to get practical experience. Participants for the program are selected by the sponsoring Toastmasters club or by a cooperating organization (such as their school). The program is not an award to honor those who already have become leaders. It’s designed for the  much larger group who are still working on communication skills. Participants are selected for what they can become, not for what they already have done. Often teenagers want the course as a supplement to their high school education, or to prepare for college.

    GYTM YLP Spring 2013 -Youth Leaders photo above: (from left to right): Arshad (bottom left), Aistis, Sophia, Hanaan, Aanchal, Ashley (middle left), Aidan, Christopher, Joris, David, Daniel, Yoan, Jordan, Alisha

    The Youth chose their own program motto: " The Speakers of  The Future."


    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:
    1. Evaluation of present speaking ability
    2. Discussion of chairmanship principles
    3. Presentation of speeches
    4. Impromptu talks
    5. Group evaluation
    6. Discussion of speech organization
    7. Discussion and practice in listening
    8. Discussion of gestures in speaking
    9. Discussion of voice and vocabulary
    10. 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. There is an announced agenda and participants learn and practice parliamentary procedure during each meeting. Lecturing is minimal, but discussion is held during each session. Participants, working from a handbook, select officers who preside over the meetings. The remaining class members are assigned other duties on a rotating basis, so everyone is actively involved. Participants also deliver short impromptu and prepared speeches. 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. However, all programs must be presented by a Toastmasters club, following the guidelines in the Youth Leadership Coordinator's Guide(Item 802). Clubs may order coordinator's guides and Youth Leadership Participant’s Notebooks (Item 805) from World Headquarters.
    Clubs conduct the program on a voluntary basis. Find a nearby club that may want to conduct a program for your organization.
    If you need to order materials, contact the Member Services Department at 949-858-8255 or visit the online store.
    Toastmasters Youth Leadership Program Continuing Education

    *** Contact Leila Bates, GYTM Youth Leadership Program Coordinator (2012, 2013)  at Leila.Toastmasters@gmail.com


    The Goodyear Toastmasters Sponsored Youth Leadership Program Activists

    Fall 2012 
    Leila Bates: YLP Coordinator & Facilitator
    Sharmila Sharma: YLP Assistant
    Salpy Kevrakian: YLP Assistant

    Spring 2013
    Leila Bates: YLP Coordinator & Facilitator
    Naomi Reid: YLP Assistant


    The Goodyear Toastmasters Sponsored Youth Leadership Program Testimonial from a parent