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Kaiser Rangers Overcome Personal Dangers in Youth Leadership Program

By Kristi Beres

Nineteen students from across Sacramento discussed overcoming personal challenges
with the completion of the Kaiser Rangers Youth Leadership Program as part of the
Kaiser Launch internship program sponsored by the hospital.
Distinguished Toastmaster Joey Waldrop helped the teenagers develop their public
speaking skills over eight weeks which culminated in a graduation ceremony
August 3, 2017. Students presented their final speeches for parents, friends and Kaiser
staff whom the students worked with and shadowed.
One of the participants said a stranger’s comments, “You are just a Mexican, you are
just going to get pregnant to drop out,” was part of the motivation to obtain a 4.0 grade
point average. This students wants to attend medical school to prove those critics
wrong. Another student who is also the child of Mexican immigrants, wants to become a
doctor to challenge those stereotypes.
An intern in the Engineering Department said he loves to build things, and wants to use
his skills that he learned from the Kaiser Youth Leadership Program to become an
engineer, to build the products to help doctors and nurses help patients.
Another participant said the program gave her recognition and business writing skills in
the Information Technology Department to help her pursue her dreams of becoming a
neo-natal nurse.
Angie Hernandez, Program Coordinator for Kaiser Launch said the nineteen students
were picked after a selective interview process from over 300 applicants. Hernandez
loved watching the students develop personally and professionally over the eight week
program.
Waldrop who has who has coached this program since 2010 said, “I am always inspired
working with young people and admire their courage and determination.”
Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership
development. Our organization has more than 345,000 memberships. Members
improve their speaking and leadership skills by attending one of the 15,900 clubs in 142
countries that make up our global network of meeting locations.
If you would like more information about starting a Youth Leadership Program at a high
school or middle school near you, please contact the Toastmasters District 39 Youth
Leadership Coordinator Deborah Littleton

7/8/2017

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Students Forge Ahead at Iron Point Youth Speech and Leadership Program

By Kristi Beres

More than twenty middle- and high-school students from across Folsom sharpened their speech creations and leadership skills by completing the Iron Point Summer Youth Leadership Program.

Between June 4 through July 30, 2017, students were guided through public speaking and leadership fundamentals by experienced Toastmasters: Heidi Carder, Kathie O’Ray, Sheikh Zulkader, Ashok Bhatla, Iolande Argent and Randy Nystrom.

The graduation ceremony was held on Sunday, July 30, when students gave their final speech presentations to their parents, friends and Toastmaster dignitaries.

One of the participants said the summer program helped her overcome her fear of public speaking and encouraged the audience to “learn from the renowned experts on laughter- children,” adding laughing brings levity into one’s life.

Another student said she disliked not being able to sleep in on Sundays, the program helped her overcome her hate of public speaking.  She learned over the eight weeks she had vulnerabilities and blind spots when she spoke, and the Iron Point Youth Leadership Program this summer helped her become more self-aware and precise when speaking.

Carder, one of the Youth Leadership Program’s sponsors and a member of CAISO Toastmasters said, “I loved watching them grow as speakers, which is why I came back week after week.”

Nuray Singh, a member of CALSO Toastmasters said, “I learned something from every speech, they are all exceptionally intelligent and witty kids and I absolutely loved the energy from the group.

“Even though public speaking is a common fear among people, watching the comradery and the encouragement that the kids showed each other was really powerful. I think we can all learn something from this group of kids!” she added.

Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. Our organization has more than 345,000 memberships. Members improve their speaking and leadership skills by attending one of the 15,900 clubs in 142 countries that make up our global network of meeting locations.

This Youth Leadership Program was organized by CAISO Toastmasters and Intel Toastmasters clubs.  If you would like more information about starting a Youth Leadership Program at a high school or middle school near you, please contact the Toastmasters District 39 Youth Leadership Coordinator Deborah Littleton .

7/8/2017

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