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Rethinking Leadership: Helping Youth Have a Voice

It is 3:30pm on a Tuesday, and 14 high school students have gathered together to prepare speeches for an upcoming community engagement night. It is the first time they have been invited as keynote speakers and they know it is a big deal. Chattering excitedly over pizza, they try to figure out what issues from …

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When Feeling Awkward – Youth Aloud Podcast Episode 3

Awkwardness. We all feel it at some point in our lives. Members of the podcast, Ava Remler and AnnMarie Baines, share some of their awkward moments. Lindsey Lam connects their stories with words from the experts and some awkwardness of her own. “The worst thing in the world is when I’m on a roll, I’m …

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How We Faced the Fear – Youth Aloud Podcast Episode 2

Public speaking is scary, but somehow we make it through. Two high school students, Lindsey Lam and Ava Remler, describe what they did to overcome their fear of public speaking. AnnMarie Baines, Executive Director of The Practice Space, connects their stories to broader research on communication anxiety, reminding us that we aren’t alone. “I found …

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Speaking Up For Kids

Some of the most powerful work at The Practice Space has been with parents and families, where we go out into the community and work with organizations that help parents advocate for their children’s needs. If you think public speaking is hard, try speaking about something as personal and emotional as your child’s struggles in …

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Why Listening is Hard – Youth Aloud Podcast Episode 1

While we all have moments when we find it hard to listen to others, we may not know why. This week’s episode offers research and analysis behind the listening challenge we face every day. Two high school students, Lindsey Lam and Ava Remler, share personal stories and discuss why we need better listeners in today’s …

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Public Speaking Summer Camps for Kids

  Summer is the best time to work on public speaking. In the summer, it is not only easier to focus on a specific skill but we are allowed to have fun in the process. The Practice Space summer camps attract a whole range of students, from those who already love public speaking to those …

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Why We Created The Practice Space

  Communication is how we express who we are, speak up for what we care about, and connect with others. Sometimes, we are fortunate to have access to the education we need to improve our message and a community of people who still care about us when we don’t quite come off the way we …

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Resource 9: How to Cope With Public Speaking Anxiety Video

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Why Listening is Hard – Podcast 1

  While we all have moments when we find it hard to listen to others, we may not know why. This week’s episode offers research and analysis behind the listening challenge we face every day. Two high school students, Lindsey Lam and Ava Remler, share personal stories and discuss why we need better listeners in …

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