Youth Leadership Program

District 61 is once again promoting the Youth Leadership Program (YLP), an eight-week program, to help young people develop their communication and leadership skills so that they may become tomorrow's leaders in business, industry and the community. The Program is based on the belief that every young person has the potential to become a good communicator and leader, but this potential needs to be developed.

The participants learn how to prepare and present a speech, how to conduct meetings, how to give effective evaluations and also to develop effective listening skills in a fun environment. By the end of the eighth session, participants will have developed self-confidence and interpersonal communication skills they will use for their entire life.

How the Program Works

The group should consist of 8 to 12 participants (depending on the time available for each session). A co-ordinator who is responsible for the program, and at least one assistant, will help with each session. Each session is conducted as a meeting.


Toastmasters clubs are the only recognized sponsors of a Youth Leadership Program and only members of Toastmasters International may present the course.

Participants for the Program

Young people from organizations such as church youth groups, scout and guide troops, community groups, 4-H clubs, and schools

Availability of Youth Leadership Program Kits

District 61 will provide the kits. The kit includes a coordinator manual, participant manuals, completion certificates, invitations to the graduation ceremony and promotional supplies, enough to provide for a session of up to 15 participants.

How to get involved

Contact the District 61 Youth Leadership Coordinator at or the Program Quality Director at with the following information:

  • Location of YLP
  • Dates of the program
  • Target group - which school
  • Sponsoring club
  • Names of Toastmaster members involved
  • Lead coordinator