Fourteen children complete Toastmaster leadership program

POSTED: 04/11/11 12:43 PM

St. Maarten – The Soualiga Corporate Toastmasters Club, conducted a youth leadership program that started on March 4 and ended last Friday, under the supervision of coordinator Leona Romeo Marlin and assistant coordinator Catherine Arrindell-Conner.

The group of fourteen participants, all children of civil servants, consistently showed up for every meeting on Tuesday and Friday afternoons, which was an impressive display of commitment. The kids showed considerable interest and enthusiasm. Every youth leader presented two speeches, and received evaluations from coordinators and other youth leaders. The coordinators provided practical, “learn- by-doing” educational sessions at every meeting. Of all the activities in the program, the participants enjoyed the table topic sessions and the debate sessions the most. All the meetings were conducted in a fun-filled atmosphere of mutual support, in keeping with the mission of Toastmasters International – to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every individual member has the opportunity to develop oral communication and leadership skills which in turn fosters self confidence and personal growth .

“Too often society emphasizes what our youths are not doing,” says Leona Romeo Marlin. “It is time for that stigma to change as there are many youth leaders who are positively contributing to society.  I am confident that all participants benefited from the program and will translate the added benefits to their school and out- of-school activities.”

The final session ended on Friday evening, with friends and family witnessing what their children learnt in the program.

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