What is YLDP?
The Youth Leadership Development Program is a 8 – 10 week program designed to develop the public speaking and leadership skills of young people from grades 3 – 12.
In each session, students learn different elements of public speaking through topic of the days. They deliver and receive feedback on prepared speeches assigned throughout the session, and students will learn the art of impromptu speaking, or speaking without any preparation, through table topics.
Each session of YLDP is run by youth leaders, who are accomplished public speakers that are usually former students of YLDP. While they help teach and deliver feedback, students in YLDP also practice their leadership skills by helping lead the class through various roles, such as toastmaster and table topics master.
YLDP ultimately cumulates in a graduation ceremony where student showcase their speaking improvement to their parents.
Example YLDP Schedule
Below is an example schedule of a YLDP course:
1:00 – 1:05 – Arrival and Mindfulness minute
1:05 – 1:25 – Topic of the day
1:25 – 2:10 – Speeches
2:10 – 2:20 – Break
2:20 – 2:35 – Table Topics
2:35 – 2:50 – Activity
2:50 – 3:00 – Conclusion and Roles for Next Class