Youth Programs, Grades K-8


What We Do:
We create positive memories about public speaking.

Young speakers build confidence through speech and debate clubs, camps, and practice “scrimmage” events.

"Leadership Time" add-on available

Summer Young Speakers Camp at The Practice Space:

Spend a week building confidence at our Young Speakers Camp! Make friends and practice your choice of: storytelling, debate, and advocacy speeches. Have fun working together and becoming a better speaker! This program is geared towards students ages 7 to 11 and is open to anyone, cap is 25 students. Scholarships available. 

In-Person and Online Events:

Sign up for a free Young Speaker scrimmage! Scrimmages are easy, friendly practice events: we start with snacks, then a short workshop to teach you the basics of speech and debate, and end by sharing speeches or doing practice debates. Some are small, where you only speak in front of students, and others are bigger “showcases” for a public audience. 

Dates: (all 10am-12pm, in person at our Richmond office, 317 11th Street. Stay tuned for online options!)

  • Saturday, January 20, 2024
  • Saturday, February 10, 2024
  • Saturday, March 9, 2024
  • Saturday, April 20, 2024 (in-person Young Speakers Tournament)

Speech and Debate Clubs:

Join one of our after-school speech and debate clubs at your school! We currently offer programs at most elementary schools in West Contra Costa Unified. We are also looking for new schools who want a speech and debate club at their school! (link to contact us form: “Contact us to learn more”)

“I liked the speeches because it really helped me with talking to others and sharing my ideas.”

--Young Speaker

“I liked that I can be myself in this program.”

--Young Speaker

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