Welcome to District 50 Toastmasters
Welcome to District 50 Toastmasters

Toastmasters Youth Summit to feature young speakers, learning sessions, and networking

Youth and parents interested in learning about the benefits of leadership and public speaking are invited to a Toastmasters Youth Summit on Sat., Feb. 26, 2022, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the University of Texas at Dallas campus.

The event will include elementary through high school students presenting inspirational speeches, responding to impromptu topics, and evaluating other speakers. Those who attend will have a front-row seat to witness the benefits of the Toastmasters curriculum that teaches public speaking and leadership skills. The theme for the event is Be Bold! Be Brilliant! Speak Up!

In addition to youth speech contests, the summit will feature networking opportunities, a session with information on how to start a Toastmasters youth gavel club, and a mini tour of the UTD campus.

The sponsor District 50 Toastmasters is an affiliate of Toastmasters International and boasts more than 2,000 members and 150 Toastmasters clubs in Dallas, northeast Texas, and Shreveport. A global communications leader, Toastmasters International features both adult and youth gavel clubs where members practice and evaluate their skills at presenting speeches and leading meetings.

Director of District 50 Toastmasters DaWane Wanek wants more people to know that Toastmasters is a proven vehicle to teach young people and adults the skills to express themselves and serve as effective leaders. “At every level of education and employment, effective communicators and leaders have an edge,” he said. “The earlier we can interest our young people in developing these life skills, the more success they are likely to experience.”

The youth summit will be held on the UTD campus at 800 W. Campbell Rd. in Richardson and is open to school-aged youth and their parents. Registration for the free event is required and available at LINK.

THANK YOU for your interest in our District 50 Toastmasters Youth Leadership Programs!

Youth programs are for students under 18. Those 18 and above are required to join an Adult Toastmasters Club.  
We provide several programs suitable for the educational growth of the youth population that are lead by adult Toastmaster leaders. Youth Leadership Workshop and Gavel Clubs are our most recommended programs.

Youth Leadership Workshop is a program consisting of eight one- to two-hour sessions that enable young people under the age of 18 to develop their communication and leadership skills through practical experience. The program is presented during or after school, or on weekends. In the workshop, young people learn valuable skills including:

  • Evaluating their own speaking ability
  • Preparing and giving speeches
  • Giving impromptu talks
  • Controlling their voice, vocabulary and gestures
  • Giving constructive feedback and more
Gavel clubs provide a safe platform for youth to practice public speaking, giving/receiving evaluations in a constructive manner, and to think on their feet in giving an impromptu speech (aka “Table Topics”). The clubs provide an opportunity for participants to master their leadership skills by filling helper roles during the meetings and even serving as a club officer. This is a self-paced program, offering a challenging, enjoyable environment that nurtures lifelong skills resulting in a greater self-confidence and personal growth by way of both communication and leadership skills.
Toastmasters International Youth Leadership Program – GAVEL CLUBS – Where Leaders Are Made!

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