Bucks County 4-H Toastmasters graduation class 2017

These teens gained self confidence and public speaking skills

The Times

The Bucks County 4-H Toastmasters Junior Leadership class had 8 teens graduate from the program on May 18.

Future professions: L-R are Instructor Andy Roth, Caleigh Fink, Isabelle Congdon, Mercedes Sanoja, Tommy Balkir, Ruby Scupp, Jeremy Powers, Jack McManus and Emma Scupp. PHOTO: Colleen Harman

The graduates attended eight weeks of classes to gain self-confidence while improving their public speaking skills. The club members learned and practiced parliamentary procedure and composing and delivering speeches. Active “hands-on” practice was implemented at each class, while the teens participated in impromptu table topics, informal and formal speech delivery. The volunteer 4-H club educators, Mr. Don Meadows and Mr. Andy Roth, members of the adult Toastmasters Club of Doylestown, worked with teens each meeting to improve their speaking and delivery skills.

Bucks County 4-H has graduated over 300 teens from Toastmasters International Youth Leadership Program in the past 16 years. Many of those graduates have gone on to attend colleges and universities and have conveyed that the leadership class gave them public speaking confidence for college and employment interviews.

For information on how to become a part of 4-H in Bucks County, call Penn State Cooperative Extension, 215–345–3283.