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.
In this episode we hear from students about their experiences at our Young Speakers Camp for youth, ages 7-11-years-old. Lindsey Lam interviews camp attendees about why they chose to come to the Young Speakers Camp, fears they had before they came, and some hardships they’ve faced with public speaking. You will also hear about what they gained from this camp experience, why they think these skills are important, and a little advice offered to listeners.
“When I got here I was afraid of saying my name in front of everybody.”
“Now when I speak in front of the group I feel happy. I’m not nervous no more.”
“I do think it is important for young people to speak up and have a voice because when they have that voice they don’t have to be as shy as they would be, and they can be more of a person who is confident about themselves.”
Our campers have a lot to say! This episode gives us a sense of the wide range of experiences young people have with public speaking, and how learning these communication skills in a fun, inclusive environment can make all the difference. These youth are clear about one thing — their voice matters and they are ready to share it. People often talk about young people as our future. However, their views and opinions are already shaping this world, if we only listen.