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Youth Leadership Program: Deadline to Apply (ages 14–18)

August 12 @ 23 h 00 min

For ages 14-18


Want to build your confidence in front of a group? You can overcome nervousness and build self-confidence while meeting other English speaking teens in Paris through The Youth Leadership Program (YLP), offered by Toastmasters 75 Paris in partnership with The American Library in Paris.



The YLP’s eight-session, workshop-style design enables teen participants ages 14-18 the opportunity to develop public speaking potential through practical experience and guidance from professionals and practiced speakers. The club will meet one Friday evening a month during the 2022–2023 school year. Each meeting features a speech and lesson from a member of one of the Toastmasters groups in Paris, and teen club members will each give two original speeches throughout the year. During these meetings, friendly, constructive encouragement and feedback will be given to members from the Toastmasters and fellow teen club members.


Open to anyone, useful for everyone: The program is not in competition with school programs, courses, or other established youth projects. Instead, it’s a supplement to these programs. Participants will learn to:

  • Organize and present ideas logically and convincingly
  • Listen carefully to others’ ideas
  • Improve communication skills
  • Participate in – and even lead – group discussion or meetings


Cost: This club is open to Library members and non-members alike. If your application is selected, this program is free to attend.


Schedule: Participants must commit to participating in all 8 sessions. The Youth Leadership Program will meet one Friday a month at The American Library in Paris from 19h00-21h00 in September, October, November, January, February, March, April and May (dates TBA).


How to apply: If you are interested in joining the Youth Leadership Program, submit your application by 12 August 23h00. You can expect to write one to two paragraphs about yourself and why you feel you need this program, and explain your commitment to completing the assignments. Provide us with additional questions or helpful information about yourself and your extra curricular experiences if you would like. If you are concerned about not being selected, do still apply—the program is designed for people at all levels who have both the need to improve and the desire to learn. Teens who want to apply should be fluent in English, and eager to learn and/or improve their public speaking skills. The club is free to attend for those teens whose applications are selected. Questions about applications, teen collections and programs can be sent to Celeste, our children’s and teens’ services manager: celeste@americanlibraryinparis.org.


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This club is coordinated with the support of: Alexander Bradburn (Toastmasters), Virginia Slocum (Toastmasters), Juan Pablo Chaclan (Toastmasters), Colleen Shaughnessy-Larsson (Toastmasters), and Celeste Rhoads (The American Library in Paris), and a team of experienced communicators from Toastmasters clubs across Paris. The YLP is led by teen participants while Toastmasters coach and help evaluate.


More Information about the Toastmasters Youth Leadership Program can be found on the YLP web page.



August 12
23 h 00 min
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