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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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Student Stress – Youth Aloud Podcast Episode 9

Students are no strangers to stress and burnout. It’s hard to find the energy and willpower to do everything we should, especially when we aren’t doing what we love and are stretched too thin. This episode features high school and college student interviews and stories about how they cope with stress and figure out how …

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Battles with Self-Image – Youth Aloud Podcast Episode 8

How do we fight against societal messages that make us feel like we aren’t beautiful? In this episode, we interview teens and family members and tell our own stories about experiences with body image and how we accept who we are, despite cultural stereotypes. “It doesn’t matter what anybody else does, it only matters what …

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Youth Voice Matters – Youth Aloud Podcast Episode 7

Why do young people want to speak up? In this episode, we hear from high school students about why they think their voice matters and what stands in the way of being heard. Members of our podcast team, Lindsey Lam, Sophie Ciurlik-Rittenbaum, and Hawi Abraham, share their own stories as well as how other teens …

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Let’s Talk About Gender – Youth Aloud Podcast Episode 6

This episode is about gender identity and people’s struggles to understand and express gender. You’ll hear from our field reporters Sophie Ciurlik-Rittenbaum and Robson Swift, who interview transgender teens about their experiences with gender expression and coming out, reflecting on how different people relate to gender. “Gender is a double edged sword. You can use …

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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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