On Tuesday, 8 June 2021 a group of Year 10 students gathered in the Sixth Form common room for their Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge training session. The six finalists were Ifeoluwa, Ebunoluwa, Fatima, Nina, Enisse and Mariana. We are now looking forward to the next stage of the competition.
The Speak Out Challenge gives young people multiple opportunities to speak out on issues that are important to them. It provides a showcase through school assemblies, Regional Finals and Grand Final events to celebrate young people's excellence, passion and courage.
The Jack Petchey Foundation supports and funds this programme so that it can be delivered in every state secondary school in London and Essex. This means a free full-day public speaking workshop for Year 10 students. Speakers Trust’s expert trainers create a safe environment for tailored, interactive and fun learning. Throughout the day structured exercises for individuals and groups provide young people with opportunities to share their views, learn from each other and build critical communications skills.
Each year, all participants are encouraged to take part in a competition at their school, competing for a place in their local area’s regional final. Speakers from across the local community then come together to compete for a place in the Grand Final in London! In 2019, 15 speakers were invited to compete in the Grand Final at the fantastic Cambridge Theatre in London’s West End! It’s an incredible event, filled with passion, energy and lots of fun too.