FLTI Week 9
“Media is considered as one of the most powerful tools in providing information to people or in society. Media is part of our daily lives. It informs, influences, and entertains us. Not only do they inform us, they have also the capability in shaping our lives.”
-Dimple Jean A. Alkuino
I can feel the energy building! Last Tuesday, we began to practice our speeches with a “Speed Dating” activity and it seems that each of you began to build your confidence, find your voice and start to visualize your community project coming to life. This is an exciting time in our journey together and I can’t wait to hear your 3-minute speeches on March 16th!
PLEASE CONTACT ME ASAP IF YOU CANNOT BE PRESENT! If you are unable to attend, you will need to give your speech at Session 11. Speeches are a component of the Civic Project requirement for Graduation. Here are a few TED Talks that may inspire you (closed-captioning in Spanish available): https://www.ted.com/playlists/226/before_public_speaking and below, I’ve listed a suggested outline for your speeches and a few helpful tips.
- “Hi, my name is Taylor McKinney and I am a family leader. I am passionate about my community and building strong family leaders.”
- The WHY – Why is this important to you? Where does your passion come from?
- “When I was in high school I felt like I needed to be an adult to make a difference in my community. It didn’t seem that my voice was heard or that I had credibility…”
- The WHAT – What is your project? What will you do?
- “I know now that young people all over the world can make a difference and should use their voices. So, my project is to create a youth FLTI cohort in Sheridan in 2019…”
- So what? – Include a data point/statistic or explain why it should matter to others.
- “In Sheridan schools, there are currently zero public speaking groups or youth leadership opportunities for our high school youth…”
- Now what? – How will you go about making it happen?
- “To develop this youth FLTI cohort, I will meet with community leaders, youth and educators to discuss the need for youth leadership in the community. I will also need to raise funds to support the program and recruit 15 youth participants…”
- The ASK – How can we help you? What is your ask of the audience?
- “To offer this leadership opportunity to our Sheridan youth, we must raise $50,000. Will you help us raise this money by inviting one person you know, who cares about youth leadership, to our fundraising event on…?”
- Conclusion – Tell them what you told them. End with a charge or challenge.
- “Youth do not need to wait to be adults in order to be leaders. I look forward to each of you, and a friend, joining us in our effort to give our youth opportunities to become the leaders we know they already are.”
- Practice! Practice! Practice! Have a friend be your audience, ask for feedback, time yourself, record it, meet up with another participant to practice both of your speeches.
- Know your audience – Who are you speaking to? Will you be speaking to our cohort? Or maybe you want to pretend we are the City Council or School Board?
- Breathe deeply. This is our first time to give speeches to the group – of course, it’s intimidating! And that’s ok! We have spent 8 weeks building a safe place for each of us to try something new, be open to feedback, and support each other as we learn. It may be helpful to practice in front of a group so you can prepare your mind for the real thing. We will give our speeches a second time at Week 20 and trust me, you will see the difference!
Please refer to your FLTI schedule for the upcoming weeks:
- Session 9 is Tuesday, March 12th
- Session 10 is Saturday, March 16th at Valley View Church of God. We begin promptly at 8:30am and will conclude with a potluck lunch.
- We are off for Spring Break on March 19th and return to session on March 26th.
In Session 9, we will discuss The Power of the Media and How to Use It.
Adult objectives of Session 9:
- Develop an understanding of traditional and new media.
- Recognize the media as a powerful tool to influence public policy or initiate change.
- Begin to think critically about prevention as a framework and context.
Youth objectives of Session 9:
- Develop an understanding of traditional and new media.
- Develop an understanding of how media can be used for advocacy.
- Practice public speaking and presentation skills.
- We will have a guest speaker panel on Tuesday. Various media personnel will discuss an overview of today’s media environment and the basic and unique features of their media type. I encourage each of you to prepare questions that may be helpful for you in promoting your community project.
- This week is a WORKING DINNER starting promptly at 5:00pm. Alumni, community members and facilitators will offer project support during the dinner time.
- What happens when local newspapers close? CSU political professor, Matthew Hitt, and co-authors, Joshua Darr and Johanna Dunaway, find that voters become more partisan. Read the article here.
- Developing your Community Project:
- Your project should connect to you personally – it should connect to your dreams, passions and aspirations.
- Talk to people who are in the industry/area of work that you are interested in. Try to not reinvent the wheel – find people who are doing “it” already and see how you can be a part.
- If there is already work happening in your area of interest, then fill a gap or strengthen the existing work. If there is nothing happening, then create something new.
- How will others receive your project? Are there others who are also passionate about this area of work? Or, will you need to build support because it is a new idea.
- Denver Botanic Gardens Free Day on March 22 and March 5. Find more info here.
- Upcoming Career Fair in the nearby Denver Tech Center on April 16th.
- The Women’s Foundation of Colorado has a free Civic Engagement Guide online.
- Have you tried Colorado Bill Search? It could help you with your project and definitely help get you familiar with Phase II!
- Free event for school teachers and staff: Community Resources for Financial Wellness presented by the University of Denver March 20.
- FLTI of Eagle County graduate, Fernando Almanza, was recently featured in the Vail Daily for his continued work to raise awareness about 911 services among immigrant populations.
- National Parent Leadership Institute and United Parent Leaders Action Network are hosting a webinar next week that talks about the importance of getting an accurate census count in 2020.
- The Early Childhood Colorado Partnership currently seeks the input of family leaders regarding their shared message bank.
- Apply to serve on the Colorado Child Support Commission.
“Social media is the ultimate equalizer. It gives a voice and a platform to anyone willing to engage.”
-Amy Jo Martin