About Us


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. Due to the global pandemic, all offerings are available online.


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.


Our mission and vision

We envision a world where diverse communities of youth and adults feel capable, cared for, and free. To this end, our mission is to build confidence and community through communication skill development to advance inclusion, develop empathy, and elevate underrepresented voices.


Total students served


Percentage youth


Percentage adult


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, Latina Center, Men & Women of Purpose, Safe Return Project, CoBiz


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
City of Richmond
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