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#WomenWeAdmire - Celebrating the Women That Inspire Us

#WomenWeAdmire – Celebrating the Women That Inspire Us

As part of our #WomenWeAdmire series for Women’s History Month, our team shared some of the women they admire the most in their lives.

An Ode to El Cerrito High Speech and Debate

I was in third grade when I first heard about speech and debate. I remember my teacher, Sally Woolsey, telling my mom about the amazing program at El Cerrito High School. As a quiet, reserved, 8-year old, debate sounded horrifying. For my mom, who had immigrated from the Philippines to California in her twenties, debate …

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Spring Programs at The Practice Space!

The Practice Space is kicking off our Spring programs on January 25, with after-school clubs for Youth Participants ages 8-16, and two online mini-courses for our Adult Participants! Most offerings are virtual and will be hosted via Zoom, with Middle School Speakers Club being hosted in-person*. Full-tuition scholarships for all programs are available based on …

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Frequently Asked Questions: Youth Voice Advocates Educator Cohort

Did you know that The Practice Space coaches both speakers and facilitators, including educators? Through personalized coaching and experiential workshops we provide educators opportunities to learn and practice how to facilitate youth voice in the classroom. With a focus on youth voice facilitation strategies such as debate and storytelling, we meet educators where they are …

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Youth Aloud Season 4: Behind the Scenes

Hello everyone. I’m Diana Medina, Program Director at The Practice Space. This post discusses the making of Season 4 of the Youth Aloud Podcast that was released on September 18, 2021. — Season 4 of Youth Aloud was the second season of our podcast that was created and released during the pandemic. For me as …

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Fall Public Speaking Programs at The Practice Space!

The Practice Space is kicking off our Fall programs on September 28 with online after-school clubs for youth ages 8-16, and a Public Speaking Practice Series for our adult participants! All offerings are virtual and will be hosted via Zoom. Full-tuition scholarships for all programs are available based on financial need. Learn more about the …

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Advocacy in the Eyes of a Young Person

Hello! My name is Amber, I’m an intern at The Practice Space, and today I’m going to tell a story about retaining your voice during times of your life where you are challenged, afraid, or feel unsupported. Advocacy takes two forms, and both are enabled by the other. The first is speaking out for big …

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Youth Voice Changing Conversations about Sexual Violence

In this post, a guest blogger (and one of our very own Expressive Leaders) introduces their podcast, United Survivors, which aims to spread awareness about sexual violence and help survivors. This leader, who prefers to remain anonymous, hopes that their podcast will lead to widespread change. Support their mission and read more about their podcast …

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“Indigenous in Plain Sight” by Gregg Deal

Hi! My name is Amber; I’m an intern at The Practice Space. Today, I’m going to talk about a speech that I watched this past year while learning about the connections between indigenous identity, art, expression, and sovereignty. I am going to recount the speech, explaining the speaker’s message and technique and how he is …

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Happy National Nonprofit Day from The Practice Space!

Happy National Nonprofit day! National nonprofit day is dedicated to recognizing the goals and positive impacts nonprofits have on communities and the world. As a newer nonprofit organization, The Practice Space believes in building steady and ongoing connections to our community. To help us celebrate national nonprofit day, here are a few ways that we …

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The Inaugural Youth Voice Advocates Educator Cohort

Eduardo came to his coaching session excited to share what had happened that week as his students took the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC), the required state test for multilingual learners whose primary language is a language other than English. Students had been anxious leading up to the test so everyone was happily …

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Young Leader on a Mission to Demystify Our World

Expressive Leader and guest blogger Siddarth Maddhula aims to educate others about important issues that are often overlooked in the classroom in his podcast, Demyst. Siddarth was inspired by his experiences in school, including his desire to dissect complex global topics and the feeling that his education was lacking in certain life skills. He hopes …

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