Speakers League - Public Speaking for children 10-18 years old. Eight locations in L.A. and Orange Counties - six for homeschoolers, plus two after-school locations! Students learn leadership, confidence, critical thinking, and more, while they work through a curriculum that has been proven effective for over ten years! Clubs meet twice monthly for 90 minutes. Students are assigned roles that help them run the meetings themselves. Crucial life skills learned in a safe, friendly environment! Speakers are given evaluations by a peer and by the Chairperson (that's me!). They also receive a link to a video of their speech to help them complete a self-evaluation.
I homeschooled my daughter, who is now in college. This was our favorite class! The environment is like a business meeting. Rather than having a teacher standing up front trying to train the kids, they all participate by serving in various roles throughout the meeting. The kids create the atmosphere and self-regulate their behavior - it's just magical!
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Students may begin at any time during the year. They begin participating in meetings immediately, learning as they go. Member Handbook and training videos help them get up to speed quickly.
Doreen Philbin holds two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Southern California. She is a fellow homeschooler who left a career in marketing to see her then 3-year-old daughter, Jennifer, all the way through high school. Jennifer was a charter member of Speakers League; she reached Level III in the group before moving on to other pursuits. In addition to working as a writer, Doreen is a performer and showmanship coach in Sweet Adelines International, a worldwide women’s organization for singing barbershop harmony. Doreen’s mission is to help students both to enjoy and to excel at public speaking. Speakers League was by far her favorite homeschool class, and she has continued to participate over the years, volunteering help with club trainings and videos. She offers Speakers League classes throughout Los Angeles and Orange Counties.
One-time registration fee $75, then $30 per month or $320 per year. Non-refundable. Dues may vary; for example there is a discount for multiple siblings.