Speak Up Yorkshire

Giving young people in Yorkshire the confidence and opportunity to speak up on the issues that matter to them.

The Speak Up Yorkshire Programme aims to make a huge difference in the lives of young people, the wider community and 3i volunteers.

By giving young people a voice, we improve their education and employment prospects, we amplify unheard stories to bring communities together.  We also up-skill and engage 3i staff to become role models for young people.

Almost 50% of students in Yorkshire start our workshop saying they had no competence in speaking up in front of a group of people. This number is higher than in any other part of the country, and our mission is to change this! Thanks to our generous partner 3i we were able to provide free public speaking and communications training to over 1700 year 10 students in over 80 state schools in Yorkshire this academic year.

Every student receives a one-day public speaking workshop with one of our expert communication skills trainers. During the training, students are given the skills and the confidence to develop and deliver a speech on a topic they feel passionate about. 81% of students participating in the workshops reported having learned skills they can apply in the next stage of their education training and employment. The aim of the training and competition is to increase young peoples’ confidence and sense of agency and amplify their voices.

Speakers Trust is invaluable in giving students the confidence to share their ideas and opinions. This will help them not just in school, but in their future academic and professional endeavours.

– One in a Million Free School Teacher Feedback

This year we held our first ever Yorkshire Speak Out Challenge Final, where some of the most inspiring young speakers deliver their speech in front of an audience and an esteemed panel of judges.

We are delighted to support Speakers Trust in bringing their Speak Out Challenge to Yorkshire. It’s amazing to see how the young people develop their communications skills during the workshops and build their confidence to speak in public.

Kathryn van der Kroft, 3i’s Communications Director

Lola from Ryedale School was announced Yorkshire Speak Out Champion, after she wowed a packed audience with her speech about lowering the voting age to 16. Watch her speech below:

 

To get your school involved, please fill out this form.

“Our students absolutely loved this workshop and they wanted to really showcase their confidence with members of the academy. Various members and staff also commented on how the workshop was interactive and engaging. I would highly recommend this to secondary schools.”

Teacher Manor Croft Academy

“Speak Out! gave our students the opportunity to show their strengths, personalities and collaborative skills through engaging group work activities. Students which may have in the past been discouraged from sharing themselves aloud were given the space, support and confidence to do so, and thrived! – My Speak Out workshop was one of the most rewarding days I have spent in my teaching career to date.”

Yorkshire Teacher

“Speakers Trust is invaluable in giving students the confidence to share their ideas and opinions. This will help them not just in school, but in their future academic and professional endeavours.”

Yorkshire Teacher