The Jack Petchey (@JPFoundation) “Parlez-vous” challenge! is expanding this year to train 11,000 additional young people in the art of public speaking. This will bring the total number of young people trained to 35,000 in London and Essex this academic year.
Now in his 16e year, Jack Petchey’s “Speak Out” challenge! is a well-known and appreciated part of school life for young people in London and Essex. The program offers a free one-day public speaking workshop for grade 10 students with expert trainers who work with young people to develop their communication skills and enable them to express themselves, listen, share their views and learn from each other.
The challenge also includes a high-profile competition to present the voice of young people at school assemblies, regional finals and a grand finale at a West End theater to celebrate the passion and ideas of young people.
The extension comes shortly after the 15the birthday as part of its mission to equip as many young people as possible with the confidence, skills and a platform to use their voices to effect positive change in the world around them. It gives schools the opportunity to receive free workshops for their entire Grade 10 cohort in order to receive this training and take the competition.
Sir Jack Petchey CBE, 96, founder of the Jack Petchey Foundation, said: “Young people have seen a lot of disruption and missed opportunities over the past 18 months due to the COVID pandemic. But they are the key to a positive future. I am confident in their ability to help us rebuild better, and I therefore wanted to give even more young people the tools and the confidence to be able to express themselves. I am so excited to see Jack Petchey’s Speak Out challenge! reach even more young people to teach them to speak in public, to communicate and to gain self-confidence. Now is the time to listen to young people, so let’s give them a platform to make their voices heard! “
Russell Findlay, CEO of Speakers Trust, said: “Speakers Trust and Jack Petchey Foundation share a vision so that every young person can speak and be heard, and believe in themselves. We are delighted to be able to offer the Jack Petchey Speak Out challenge this year! to more young people than ever. We believe communication skills are more important now than ever before, and we look forward to reaching more young people with the opportunity to learn, develop and share their uplifting speeches in a forum. public.
Since its creation in 2006, a total of 211,809 students were trained in public speaking and 545 competitions were organized for young people in London and Essex. Youth Speeches explore a wide range of topics, from human rights to the power of humor to organ donation to disability to inner power and much more!
Speech by the 2020 winner of our digital Grand Final, on the generation gap: