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WELCOME TO THE SPEAKER U 2022 PROGRAM FUNDED BY ARTREACH

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Applications open on August 10th 2022

Applications close on September 10th 2022

SEE WHAT THE 2018 & 2020 PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS & GUEST SPEAKERS ARE SAYING

"Being apart of this program would give other black men the opportunity to boost confidence in
their voice, their opinions and their sense of self. I think it would make an astronomical difference."

Randell Adjei

OUR SPEAKERS U PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS
                                  FUNDED BY ARTREACH & THE TORONTO ARTS & COUNCIL IN 2018 & 2020 APPLY NOW FOR THE 2022 PROGRAM

Speakers U 2018 Program Round 1
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Speakers U 2020 Program Round 2
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Speakers U is a 10 week program designed to help 15 young black men ages 13-29 living in Ward 3 Etobicoke-Lakeshore learn the art of oration. Participants will use the art forms of creative writing, spoken word, poetry and monologues to create their own allegorical story.
Workshops will have a personal direct impact on the black experience and will address racial profiling by police. Through weekly communication and public speaking training, personal development workshops, and mentorship from alumni of the program, participants will speak before a live audience at our finale showcase event.

Communication

Styles

Creative Expression

Workshop Dates 

 
  • Personal Discovery Experience: October 1st 2022
    Oct 01, 10:00 a.m.
    Online Event
    Orientation Speakers U 2022 program participants will get into the mindset of speaking with confidence & develop meaningful one-on-one interactions with others.
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  • Allegorical & Creative Writing (Storytelling) Workshop: October 8th 2022
    Oct 08, 10:00 a.m.
    Online Event
    Word Choice Speakers U 2022 program participants will create an allegory through creative writing. Overall, Speakers U 2022 program participants will learn how to engage audience members from start to finish using storytelling.
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  • Allegorical & Creative Writing (Storytelling) Workshop: October 15th 2022
    Oct 15, 10:00 a.m.
    Online Event
    Word Choice In this workshop, Speakers U 2022 program participants will continue to build upon the allegorical and creative writing technique with an added twist of the art of repetition and emotion.
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  • Poetry & Spoken Word (Tone Inflection) Workshop: October 22nd 2022
    Oct 22, 10:00 a.m.
    Online Event
    Voice Dynamics Speakers U 2022 program participants will learn about the art of wordplay and fostering collaboration with others in group settings. Overall, Speakers U 2022 program participants will learn how to use tone inflection that keeps the interest of their audience members.
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  • Freestyle Rap (Voice Pauses & Projections) Workshop: October 29th 2022
    Oct 29, 10:00 a.m.
    Online Event
    Voice Dynamics Speakers U 2022 program participants will learn the importance of voice pauses and projections in which the audience will reflect and put emphasis on what was said in a previous statement while creating climax moments during a speech.
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  • Acting & Monologue (Hand Gestures) Workshop: November 5th 2022
    Nov 05, 10:00 a.m.
    Online Training
    Body Language Speakers U 2022 program participants will learn how to add additional meaning to their speech through specific bodily movements using hand gestures.
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  • Media Etiquette (Eye Contact & Facial Expressions) Workshop: November 12th 2022
    Nov 12, 10:00 a.m.
    Online Event
    Body Language Speakers U 2022 program participants will learn media etiquettes. Also, the art of eye contact and facial expressions to remain believable and have audience members actively engaged.
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  • Experiential Learning (Panelist) Workshop: November 19th 2022
    Nov 19, 10:00 a.m.
    Online Event
    Public Speaking Experience Speakers U 2022 program participants will present their speech (allegorical story) and practice the communication & public speaking skills & techniques acquired in previous workshops.
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  • Final Experiential Learning (Panelist) Workshop: November 26th 2022
    Nov 26, 10:00 a.m.
    Online Event
    Public Speaking Experience In this workshop, Speakers U 2022 program participants will be given a final opportunity to present their speech (allegorical story) in front of a public speaking panel made up of Speakers U 2018 & 2020 Alumni in preparation of our finale showcase event on Dec 10th 2022.
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  • Allegorical Story Presentations: December 10th 2022
    Dec 10, 10:00 a.m.
    Online Event
    Finale Showcase Event Speakers U 2022 program participants will present their allegorical stories to display the skills and techniques learned through the workshop series.
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