Students who completed the Youth Leadership Program
The Post Road Library will host 12 Forsyth County students tonight as they mark the completion of a public speaking program surrounded by library staff, volunteers and cheering parents.
The Toastmasters International will begin at 6:30 p.m. and is part of the Youth Leadership Program, the second year members of the nonprofit have volunteered their time to host the program. The organization helps people develop communication and leadership skills.
“It’s an honor and a delight working with these students, seeing the progressive growth and development both individually and as a group,” said Lana McFarlane, distinguished toastmaster and part of the Healthy Voice Toastmasters Club in Alpharetta, which led the program this year.
“We’ve seen each one of the students make a tremendous leap in confidence and growth from where they started in the program.”
Throughout the program, students learn to organize their ideas logically and practice presenting those ideas convincingly. They also learn to listen carefully to ideas presented by others.
“Each student comes to the program with a different level of comfort in speaking publicly,” McFarlane said. “Their skill sets carried from those who spoke confidently with less use of notes to those who were overcome by nervousness and mumbled through reading their notes.
“But they all supported one another with valuable feedback during the program.”
Tonight will serve as a celebration of the students completing the program.
“Even the ones that were nervous and shy at the beginning,” McFarlane said, “eagerly volunteered to speak before the audience at the last session.”