PROJECTS – Youth Leadership Programme and Mini Toastmasters Speech Craft
Youth Leadership Programme (YPL)
Eithne Branigan (Area 16 Director) approached Phoenix Tara last August about the possibility of running a Youth Leadership Programme in conjunction with Castleknock Toastmasters in St.Peter’s College, Dunboyne.
Brendan Houghton has piloted the YLP in South Dublin schools with tremendous success and he was very helpful and encouraging to us, organising the YLP pack and coming to the school for a couple of the classes. We have been with the Transition Years since November and the programme is coming to completion with the students presenting a showcase of their skills on Thursday afternoon by running a toastmaster meeting. I would like to thank all the YLP committee members who gave up their time on Monday mornings over the last few months. It has been challenging and fun and I think it is fair to say that we have learnt a lot in the process. The members from Phoenix-Tara who took part were: Roisin Graham (who I think was at every meeting) Myself, Mairead, Michael Connolly, if I have left anyone out I apologise, please let me know. Castleknock were represented by Josephine Gibney, Sinead Moore, Eithne Branigan, Eugene Lucey, Barry Lane (again if I have forgotten anyone please let me know).
Mairead and Roisin were approached by Ms. Murray, the school Principal, with a request to run a mini programme for 5th years or as Mairead put it “Toastmasters on Speed”.
The Student’s Union and some Class Prefects made up the group and the project was to complete an introductory course within four weeks.. Our slot was Tuesday 4pm – 5pm, starting on the first Tuesday in March. We had our last session today and it was a resounding success. The students were enthusiastic and eager to learn and the calibre of their speeches was amazing. They all said that they had gained from the experience. We ended with Certificates of participation being given to all who attended three out of four meetings and presented Best Speech awards to three of the students.
The committee were Mairead Murphy, Roisin Graham, Deirdre Davis, Michael May, Catherine Connolly, Josephine Gibney (Castleknock) and Bob Lee (Navan). I would like to thank them most sincerely for giving up their time and taking time off work to make this programme happen. It was very enjoyable and we would be happy to provide the service again in our community.
Thanks to everyone who took part in the above programmes. I am sure that there will be more opportunities in the future for Phoenix-Tara to get involved in similar programmes and any member can put their name forward to participate.