The Library’s Youth Leadership Program (offered in partnership with Toastmasters), offers teens ages 14–18 a n opportunity to develop public-speaking potential.



The Youth Leadership Program (YLP) is designed as an eight-session, workshop-style program which enables teen participants ages 14–18 the opportunity to develop public speaking potential through practical experience and guidance from professionals and practiced speakers. Over the course of eight meetings, the club members will have a chance to work on various aspects of public speaking and leadership. Each meeting features a speech and lesson from a member of one of the Toastmasters groups in Paris. Teen club members will each give two original speeches throughout the year, and will serve a role in the club (President, Vice President, Secretary, etc.). During these meetings, friendly, constructive encouragement and feedback will be given to members from the Toastmasters and fellow teen club members.


The YLP is led by the teen participants themselves with the guidance and support of Toastmasters from several groups in the Paris area and the American Library in Paris’ Children’s and Teens’ Services Manager. Toastmasters participate at each meeting to coach and help evaluate.


Participants between the ages of 14-18 were selected for this program based on applications sent in August 2023. Applications will be open between 31 March 2023 and 31 July 2023 for the 2023–2024 Youth Leadership Program, and will close on 31 July 2023 at 22h00. Click here to apply for the 2023–2024 Toastmasters Youth Leadership Program.


Questions about collections and programs for teens can be sent to the Library’s Children’s and Teens’ Services Manager, Celeste Rhoads:

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