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.


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.


One of our students talks about how public speaking helped her realize her personal power and strength.


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.”

Communication is

Classes and Programs


Clubs and Camps

Fun, team-building programs for youth ages 8 to 18 to build confidence and youth leadership, during the summer and school year. We make public speaking less scary! 


Educator Support

Online professional development and planning workshops for teachers and parents who want to encourage youth voice at school and at home. Join the Youth Voice Advocates!


Organizational Training

Workshops for companies and nonprofits to improve public speaking and promote equity and inclusion through strong communication. Storytelling, presentation, advocacy, and more!


Private Lessons

Get ready to speak through one-hour online coaching for adults customized to your needs. Prepare for presentations, job interviews, or just build confidence.


Community Events

Listen to diverse voices and stories through our in-person events. Find a safe space to practice speaking to an audience and work towards public speaking certification.


Free Curriculum

Free online resources with tips, readings, and templates for improving storytelling, presentation, advocacy, debate, coaching, and confidence. Ideas for bringing equitable practices into the classroom!

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.

Practice Space in the Press


The Forensics Experience Podcast

April 14, 2021

Episode 28: 1000 students! 

» Listen to the Podcast


April 9, 2021

Strengthening Student Relationships Through Oral Storytelling

» Read the Article

510 Families

March 31, 2021

Best Online Camps for Kids

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Richmond Standard

March 10, 2021

WCCUSD students shine at Berman Speech Invitational

» Read the Article

Brookings Institution

March 9, 2021

Debate-centered instruction can be new classroom tool for civility and racial justice

» Read the Article

Oakland Magazine

January 6, 2020

The Practice Space helps people of all ages find their voices.

» Read the Article

El Cerrito Chamber of Commerce

May, 2019

A Safe Place to Conquer Fear of Public Speaking

» Read the Article

Richmond Standard

May 22, 2019

Discovering your voice at The Practice Space

» Read the Article

Contra Costa Marketplace

September, 2019

Find Your Voice. 

» Read the Article

Richmond Pulse

June 21, 2018

The Practice Space Trains Youth to Use Their Voices

» Read the Article

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