Our Toastmasters program, Lightning, is a gavel club for the youth. Lightning is a registered club with the Toastmasters International. All participating teenagers are members of the club.
The program cultivates communication, public speaking, teamwork, and leadership skills in youth. Teenagers can join the program at the age of thirteen and above. The program combines elements of a toastmasters club format with a very active support system of coaching. We have adult coaches with every group to personalize each member’s training and goals.
Every member of the club gets Toastmasters manuals and workbooks. Many of our members have completed their speech goals and have received award certificates from the Toastmasters International.
Program Focus for Youth
- Develop your ideas with clarity and a coherent organization.
- Empathy and Perspective Taking: Cultivate mindset to look at an idea or viewpoint from others’ perspectives. Try to understand the other person and see if you can feel what they might be feeling. Acknowledge, relate to other members of the club.
- Learn to listen: Empathic listening helps you become a capable team player and a leader.
- Cultivate the art of giving meaningful, constructive feedback.
- Learn how to plan and run meetings.
- Emotional Intelligence (EQ): Understand the power and impact of emotions in communication and leadership; see, explore, and try ideas to cultivate mutual trust, respect, and credibility.
- Public Speaking: Enjoy the journey with fellow club members to cultivate belief in yourself.
- Be your natural self. Every individual has a unique perspective with their way of thinking, background, temperament, and overall outlook. That is a tremendous asset to have.
- Stretch or expand your comfort zone.
- Make people around you feel comfortable.
- Think ahead. Plan ahead. Coordinate with others for effective teamwork.
- Have fun.