By Ray-Don Poitier
In early October, the Abaco Lighthouse Beamers Toastmasters Club launched its Youth Leadership Program (YLP).
“This program is designed to help develop the youth of our country into confident and efficient communicators and leaders,” Beamers President TM Ray-Don Poitier said. “By developing these skills, young people will be better prepared to meet the demands and challenges of today’s world.”
There are three local schools involved in this year’s program: Agape Christian School, Forest Heights Academy and St. Francis de Sales Catholic School. A group of 20 young women ranging in ages from 15-18 years old selected their executive board with an election ceremony, and the board consists of the President, Vice President, Secretary and Sergeant at Arms.
Poitier explained that the program is a workshop designed to be conducted in a total of eight, one to two hour sessions.
Participants learn to prepare and present speeches, conduct meetings, listen efficiently and evaluate what they have heard. At the end of the program, students will have developed self-confidence and interpersonal communication skills they will use for the rest of their lives.
The program co-ordinators are TM Da’Nevia Bethel, VP of Education of the Abaco Lighthouse Beamers, and DTM Julieth McCafferty, a founding member of the Beamers Club who is no stranger to the Youth Leadership Program. TM McCafferty served as Toastmasters International’s, District 47, YLP Chair in 2011-2012.
Together the trio have engaged the YLP group, guiding them along as the participants conduct meetings and develop into better communicators and more effective leaders.