Solana Beach and Del Mar area Toastmasters Youth Leadership Program graduates CCA students

The North Coast Toastmasters Club and the Del Mar/Solana Beach Optimist Club hosted an after-school, eight-week “Youth Leadership and Public Speaking Program” for 15 students at Canyon Crest Academy. A series of eight meetings were offered under the direction of Advanced Toastmaster John Murphy. Murphy is also president of the North Coast Toastmasters Club, and is an experienced speech coach. The youth program is offered free-of-charge to the future leaders of America.

The Youth Leadership Program is modeled after the popular Toastmaster program for adults. With nearly a quarter-million members in over 10,000 clubs, Toastmasters International is the world’s largest nonprofit educational organization devoted to communication and leadership development. In the youth program, the leaders of tomorrow learn essential communication skills. The eight-week course focuses on speech organization and delivery. Its guided, student-run meetings build student confidence, and develop critical leadership skills including listening, delegating, and providing constructive feedback.

The Youth Leadership Program uses the proven Toastmaster approach of learning by doing, and make the doing fun! Each meeting has an announced order of business and a detailed agenda. Meeting roles and leadership positions rotate among the students. In each meeting, participants practice the arts of listening, thinking, and speaking. Meetings include both short impromptu speeches and longer prepared speeches emphasizing specific speaking skills. All students speak multiple times over the course of the program.

The Youth Leadership Program culminated in a speech contest with the theme “My Life in the Next 10 Years.” First place winner was Natalie Nicolas, and second place went to Adam Woodnutt. Awards for “Most Improved Speaker” went to Eric Nicolas and Dana Brems.

Adults interested in the Toastmasters Leadership and Communication Program can contact John Murphy at 619-886-2212 and visit



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