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Tame those butterflies: Free public-speaking, leadership class for teens being offered

Sharon Sullivan
Agustin Mandujano (left) was one of seven teen participants in a Toastmaster-sponsored Youth Leadership Training, which was held last year. Pictured with Mandujano at the graduation ceremony is his adult Partners mentor Felipe Soto and his children, Tammy and Felipe Jr.
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Are you a teenager who would like to be able to speak in front of others more easily? Perhaps you’d like to hone your leadership skills?

Grand Junction Toastmaster Clubs are sponsoring a free, eight-week leadership program for youth ages 14-21.

Organizers say participants will learn to overcome nervousness when speaking to an audience; organize and present ideas logically and convincingly; listen carefully to others’ ideas; offer advice to help others improve their speaking and leadership skills; and participate in and lead group discussions.

Toastmasters International is a communication and leadership development organization with 13,500 clubs in 116 countries.

Last year the local clubs led a youth leadership program at Mesa County Partners, 1169 Colorado Ave. Both Partners kids as well as teens from the greater community attended weekly sessions for eight weeks.

One young woman, who appeared painfully shy in the beginning, said during her final speech that she learned that “being loud can sometimes be OK.”

Another teenager, a talented artist who was not shy, found a receptive audience to whom he recited his original poetry. He received valuable feedback as a performer.

The eight-week program will take place on Wednesdays from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at 2754 Compass Drive, suite 370, starting Sept. 18 (excluding Oct. 16). Mesa County Partners will give a $25 gift card to each person that completes all eight sessions.

To participate, contact Mary D’Amico at 970-245-5555, ext. 12, or email mdammico@mesapartners.org.

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