By starting an in-person or online Speakers League club, your are providing a fun, supportive environment for children 10-18 (and beyond) to learn how to: write a speech, give a speech, speak off-the-cuff, evaluate a speech, and run a meeting. Members build their confidence, and develop presentation skills, responsibility, leadership skills, critical thinking skills, and friendships.
Junior Speakers League clubs (for ages 7-9) are a great place to begin learning public speaking skills. The in-person or online club meetings are very similar in format to Speakers League meetings, but the club Chairperson is more hands-on in JSL, making sure the members are ready for each step. The Member Handbook is simpler, and the members in the Basic Level have a worksheet for all speeches they give, to help them achieve the goals of the speech, for example using gestures or vocal variety or visual aids.
Our debate training materials help coaches and students understand and implement high-level debate concepts more easily. The 5th Edition of our Ready Set Debate handbook (for ages 12+), released in 2022, designed in consultation with a national champion debater and Pro Tournament champion, is incredibly useful in any format of debate, or within our Ready Set Debate format. Between this handbook, and our training videos (available to subscribers), teachers (even new to debate) can start a club, and students can learn debate and have the option to compete in our five online tournaments per year.
Speakers League started in March 2008 with a single club in Carson, California. Over the years we opened more clubs and kept fine-tuning the program. When we initially made our system available to others, it was as an eBook, but our vision grew to include an international network of affiliated clubs, run by like-minded people, passionate about helping children develop public speaking and leadership skills. As you can see on the map above, our vision is taking shape.
We are growing and would love to see you become a part of the Speakers League experience when you start your own club(s). We value the input of our charter holders (licensees) as we continue to improve and grow our offerings. We have several new programs being beta-tested related to debate and also for public speaking for very young children and those with special needs. You can find out more about them in our Coming Soon area. Join our mailing list for updates.