Giving Kids a Voice of Confidence

Kids learn self-assurance through public speaking

Giving Kids a Voice of Confidence

Kids learn self-assurance through public speaking

It’s been said that the number one fear of most adults is public speaking. So we’d like to introduce you to some kids who are already mastering that, thanks to the free services provided at the affordable housing communities we build. We’re proud that our community impact team creates resident services that support the emotional quotient (EQ) of children through after-school education programs. And at Montecito Vista, our staff is intentionally building emotional and social skills – by empowering kids through public speaking. 

Resident Services Coordinator Lurdes Rodriguez believes that public speaking is an important skill that children need to develop in their formative years, as it can strongly impact how children view themselves and how they develop and succeed in school. So she worked to develop a monthly project that required creating and giving a presentation to the other kids. 

Topics have included black history month, a book report, current event, and end-of-school-year accomplishments. The project also included criteria for students to make eye contact and use visual aids. One of their best projects was an identity map collage, consisting of seven categories: family, personal values, as a student, hobby, memorable experience, biggest weakness, and future. The kids were all confident in talking about themselves, and the more they practiced their presentations, the more confident they became. 

Lurdes explained, “With our first project, some of the children struggled a little, mostly with their shyness. However, on our last project, no one had a problem getting up there and presenting his or her project in front of the group. I could see how proud they felt about their work and how their confidence level increased. Public speaking will not only help these children in school, but also empower them in any situation they encounter in life.”

  • Children learn public speaking skills at Jamboree's Montecito Vista in Irvine, CA.
  • Jamboree's residents participated in confidence boosting after-school activity.
  • Jamboree's resident services boosts kids public speaking confidence.
  • Children learn public speaking skills at Jamboree's Montecito Vista in Irvine, CA.
  • Jamboree's residents participated in confidence boosting after-school activity.
  • Jamboree's resident services boosts kids public speaking confidence.
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