Letter: Pleasanton Teens Offer Virtual Speaking Classes

Courtney Teague

A reader submission from Speak Out Foundation:

Speak Out Foundation, a nonprofit founded by six Foothill high schoolers - Keerthana Nallamotu, Allison Lee, Jaski Halait, Deepak Ragu, Abhishek Koul and Kiran Suresh - in the summer of 2018, is an organization aimed at helping young elementary and middle school kids develop public speaking technique and confidence from an early age.

Speak Out has been holding weekly classes in schools and community centers across the Bay Area and has hosted several speech competitions and workshops over the course of the last two years. Especially in times like these when kids are stuck at home with minimal social interaction, it is crucial for them to practice their public speaking and presentational skills to ensure that they have the fundamentals needed for later success.

To address this need, Speak Out Foundation is conducting online classes every Saturday and Sunday from 3:00 to 3:45 for 4-8th graders. Students from all speech experience levels are encouraged to attend and can sign up for one of the days at this link: tinyurl.com/speakoutonline.

They have also created a GoFundMe fundraiser from which 50% of donations will be used to support COVID relief efforts and the remaining amount will assist in continuing their speech outreach programs in the future. Help spread the word by letting kids who might interested know about the program!

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