SPEAK

An organization that helps young girls and boys find their voice, learn to communicate and present themselves as confident individuals.

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  • No

Eligibility: Date of Birth

April 10, 2003

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201-208-5373 40 Thomas Dr. Robbinsville, NJ 08691

Website or social media url(s) (optional):

@tospeaknow-Instagram

Date You Started Your Project Started

May 2019

Project Stage: Select the description below that best applies to your approach.

  • Start-Up (first few activities have happened)

1. The Problem: What problem are you helping to solve?

Among younger kids, the inability to communicate efficiently is a rising issue in society. This deflects kids from taking initiate in their passions as well as in their school classrooms. Of all the phobias out there, public speaking is considered the highest. Communication is the backbone for success and if kids are given access to learn how to efficiently voice their opinions at a young age, they're bound to have successful futures.

2. Your Solution: How are you planning to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.

The overall message of the organization is to promote the idea of fostering critical thinking among the younger generation and to help them learn to use their voice for the better. Our organization will center around boosting the kid's confidence, along with guiding them with finding their passion.

3. Personal Journey: What’s the story behind why you decided to start this project?

This year I started tutoring kids in my local elementary/middle school. As I started tutoring and seeing the kids more often, I noticed that a lot of the kids were shining with creativity and passion, but lacking the confidence and speaking skills to voice their opinions. This reminded me of the way I was in middle school. I lacked so much confidence and I didn't have the passion to voice my opinions because of that. I kept thinking that if I knew how to communicate and speak well as a kid, I would express a lot of the ideas I had at the time. Oddly, I became angry and extremely driven because how are kids going to be able to represent their generation's issues, if they do not know how to public speak and communicate well.

4. Selfie Elevator Pitch: Include 1-minute video that answers the following “I am stepping up to make change because...”

5. Example: Please walk us through a specific example of what happens when a person or group gets involved with your project.

If someone gets involved we would assign them to a school-based off of their location and where they live. I want this to be an organization with multiple chapters to expand the impact. Once this person is assigned to the school, the will be able to go in during a designated time to teach kids how to public speak and present themselves. We go over techniques, exercises, presentational skills, confidence booster exercises, etc. We really try to build a bond with the kids so they will be more comfortable opening up about themselves. This, of course, would be communicated beforehand with the school and kids. This will impact the kids because it helps them form connections, influence decisions, and motivate change from an early age. After all, the future is youth!

6. The X Factor: What is different about your project compared to other programs or solutions already out there?

This project is a combination of giving kids the educational aspect of public speaking and communication, but also the motivational aspect of influencing change in society. This organization specifically helps the youth explore their passions and voice their opinions and ideas so they will be able to represent their generation's issues in the future and now. I wanted my idea to highlight the efforts of generation z and their impact on the future because we are the future.

7. Impact: How has your project made a difference so far?

My project is still in the initial stages of growing and becoming a substantial organization but I will know we are making a difference when we expand from just the local schools in my township to more schools all over New Jersey and beyond the state. I want my idea to become a movement for change because all kids deserve the tools needed to express themselves in a confident matter. As of now, I have engaged with my town council for the support of my town on this initiative. I have made this an established club in my school and the organization has helped over 100 kids in my local middle school to improve their public speaking/communication skills.

8. What’s Next: What are your ideas for taking your project to the next level?

As of right now, I am working on securing sponsorships from small businesses in my town for funding. I work for my city town council and I have spoken to them about starting this movement in my town. I have also been reaching out to more schools to expand the organization. I am trying to build a website from scratch to put all of our contacts and information about the initiative in one space. The organization is also hosting multiple fundraisers and events in the coming months to really spread our message and raise money.

9. Which of the following types of expertise would be most useful for you?

  • Staff Development

10. Finances: If applicable, have you mobilized any of the following resources so far?

  • Friend support
  • Family support
  • Sales

Help Us Support Diversity! Part 1 [optional] Which of the following categories do you identify with?

  • Asian (for example: Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese, Pakistani) (9)

Help Us Support Diversity! Part 2 [optional] Do you identify as part of any of the following underrepresented communities?

  • Communities of color
  • Religious minority (non-Christian)

How did you hear about this challenge?

  • Social media

Referral: If you discovered the Challenge thanks to an organization or person other than Ashoka or T-Mobile, who was it?

Nadya Okamoto

Evaluation results

3 evaluations so far

1. Overall evaluation

5 - This idea rocked my world. It’s awesome! - 33.3%

4 - This idea seems really exciting. With a little more polishing, it’d be among my favorites. - 0%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 66.7%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - It didn’t make my heart beat faster. - 0%

2. Changemaker Quality

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 33.3%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 33.3%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 33.3%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

3. Creativity

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 33.3%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 0%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 0%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 66.7%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

No Answer - 0%

4. Commitment

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 100%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 100%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 100%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

No Answer - 0%

5. Connection

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 33.3%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 33.3%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 33.3%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

No Answer or No Connection - 0%

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Hi Madhumita, you inspire me! I also work with younger kids, and I feel the same when you said that it frustrated you when you realized a lot of the kids who struggle with communication wouldn't share their amazingly creative and brilliant ideas. Being able to communicate is such an amazing idea. I feedback/suggestion I'd like to give is to consider how this can also be integrated with the curriculum of your school. It's amazing you started as a club--it would be amazing to consider ways to work with your teachers/superintendents to expand and integrate it into the culture + systems of your school to create further sustainable change. :)

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