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Young Speakers Camp — Youth Aloud Podcast Bonus Episode!

Have you ever felt like it’s too early or too late to build your confidence with public speaking? At The Practice Space we believe there’s never a limit on when or who can develop these skills, which is why we offer programs and services to all ages, from young children to working professionals to elders. …

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What is Our American Dream? — Youth Aloud Podcast Episode 10

As the world changes, so do our dreams for the future. In our final episode of the second season, the Youth Aloud podcast team voice their opinions about the “American Dream” in a candid group discussion. Beginning with their stories of growing up with immigrant parents, these high school students define what they see as …

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Who Are We? – Youth Aloud Podcast Episode 5

In this week’s episode, Youth Aloud field reporters, Hawi and Sophie, ask youth to answer the question, “Who are you?” When asked this question, people tend to answer with the easily identifiable parts of ourselves, such as ethnicity or hobbies. However, when they dig deeper, Hawi and Sophie uncover much more about what those aspects …

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Getting Ready to Speak: Creating Student-Led, Inclusive Communities

Davis High School student Matteo Nouve hardly looks nervous at all as he walks up the front of his school cafeteria to give his speech about art education. Even at the end of the program after ten other student speeches, the room is quiet and the eyes of fifty parents and educators are on him. …

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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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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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