Learn to communicate in a clear, engaging way

We are a non-profit that provides communication strategies, concrete techniques and coaching for people of all ages in a safe, supportive practice space.

We envision a world where diverse communities of youth and adults feel capable, cared for, and free.

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We start by encouraging individual expression.

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By telling our stories and polishing our presentations...

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...we learn to become advocates...

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...inspiring inclusive communities, promoting community voiceand becoming leaders that listen.

Public speaking education

We begin by helping people find their authentic voice, and then proceed with concrete strategies for making their voices compelling, clear, credible, and polished.

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Our students talk about how they faced the fear of public speaking.

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Practice Space students and staff share their experience.

“Going to The Practice Space, in my case, allowed me to relax and to trust enough to have the courage to try new things and believe that I could achieve my goals going forward.”

“I think a lot of us are much more comfortable with public speaking generally, not only in a competitive setting, just in everyday life.”

“People don’t come to The Practice Space to stay here, people come to The Practice Space to go out into broader spaces, whether that be their home, their classrooms, their community centers, their churches, their local civic groups, their workplace, giving that presentation for the first time. That is one of the values that is upheld here at The Practice Space.”

“A lot of kids are always saying that they need to find a way to find their voice and have been talking about how they’ve been finding that through speech, through The Practice Space. It’s really nice to have a place where you can make mistakes and it’s okay for that.”

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Classes and Programs

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Young Speakers
(ages 8-11)

We offer speech & debate clubs for children ages 8-11, at school sites, our Richmond office, or online.

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Teen Speakers
(ages 12-18)

We offer speech & debate clubs for youth ages 12-18, at school sites, our Richmond office, or online.

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Adult Lessons & Executive Coaching

We offer private lessons to practice pitches, keynotes, panels, networking, job interviews, and presentation.

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Corporate & Nonprofit Workshops

We customize workshops for nonprofits and companies to improve communication and presentation skills as a gateway to leadership & equity.

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Book & Curriculum

We champion Expression-Driven Teaching, our method to facilitate diverse expression in the classroom to amplify youth voice.

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Community Events

We hold public events, leadership conferences, and performances to showcase and celebrate our participants.

Youth Programs

We get youth ready to speak, participate, and express themselves by providing them with positive experiences, strong mentorship, quality feedback, and practice to develop their skills. We develop their identities as speakers, listeners, and leaders.

Adult Programs

Adults have to communicate effectively every day, with or without preparation. We help adults feel ready to be their best selves and pursue goals. Whether it is helping think about what to say or provide feedback on delivery, it is always practical and relevant.

News & Upcoming Opportunities

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Best of El Cerrito

We won a Best of El Cerrito Award for Best Educational Resources!

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Spring and Summer Registration is open!

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Donate to our Annual Appeal! Help us reach our $20,000 goal to provide after-school programs at more schools.

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