On Feb. 8, the Abaco Lighthouse Beamers Toastmasters Club graduated its Youth Leadership Program (YLP) participants. Toastmaster Gary Nicolas, who is vice president of Public Relations, explained that the YLP is a school-based initiative facilitated by members of the Lighthouse Beamers where meetings are held with students from schools throughout the district.
This year, students from Agape Christian School, St. Francis de Sales Catholic School, and Forest Heights Academy were involved in the program. The focus of YLP is to develop communication skills among the students by creating an environment similar to that of Toastmasters meetings. Each week, Toastmasters met with students on their lunch breaks or after school.
YLP Graduation night was an engaging one as young, future leaders conducted the service, which was led by great Chairman and Moderator, Lachelle Lightbourn, under the theme “The Power of the Pause.”
Education District Superintendent Dr. Lenora Black gave a charge to the audience members with her five-point speech, which could not have been more practical, Nicolas shared. Dr. Black concluded her speech by saying that the “road won’t be easy, but pressing on is worth it” as she gave encouragement to the YLP graduates.