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A fun, safe, creative space

We are a non-profit organization for youth and adults in the Bay Area to help people speak in a clear, engaging way that represents who they are and what they care about. We offer camps, school-based programs, private lessons, and organizational trainings that help practice communication skills. Our programs help people of all ages be authentic, inspire positive change, address social anxieties, and feel connected to others. Through guided instruction and coaching, we provide a fun and safe place to be creative, express voices, and listen to stories.

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Our history

The Practice Space opened in 2017 after six years of home-based coaching and public speaking instruction. Through techniques in storytelling, presentation, dramatic performance, persuasion and advocacy, and conversation, we support youth and adults to effectively express themselves. We encourage the participation of people of all ages and backgrounds and promote inclusion and diversity throughout all programming.

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Our mission and vision

We envision communities where youth and adults feel powerful, cared for, and heard. To this end, our mission is to build confidence and community through communication skill development, advancing inclusion and elevating underrepresented voices.

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Total students served

52%

Percentage youth

48%

Percentage adult

15

Cities served

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Counties served to date

Contra Costa, Alameda, Yolo, Solano, & San Mateo Counties

Current partners

El Cerrito High School, West Contra Costa Unified,
GO Public Schools, The Academy, Richmond Promise, Albany Library, Pogo Park, UC Berkeley, Hewlett Foundation

Supporters

We would like to express our gratitude for our many individual donors and grant funders:

William & Flora Hewlett Foundation
GE Foundation
The William & Alice Hinckley Fund
Individual community donors
Society for Community Work
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