Yesterday, A group of students from St. Mary's School for Deaf Girls and St. Joseph's School for Deaf Boys came to Ardscoil na Troíonoide to give a talk to their Transition Years about the Youth Leadership Programme.
Anne Doyle (President of Athy Toastmasters) and Joan Melling (Vice President of Athy Toastmasters) will be co-ordinating the Youth Leadership Programme in Ardscoil na Troíonoide for eight weeks.
It was an excellent idea for St. Mary's & St. Joseph's students to share their experience about the programme with the Transition years who are about to embark on the programme, as it showed everyone exactly what's involved. The students participated in some impromptu speaking and it showed the students that it helps to improve your speaking skills, your communication skills, to listen effectively and to increase your interpersonal skills and self-confidence. By developing these skills, young people will be better prepared to meet the demands and challenges of today's world.
I was especially very proud of our own deaf students who stood up and spoke or signed confidently in front of eighty hearing Transition Years students. I wholeheartedly put this down to their completing the Youth Leadership Programme the previous year. They have developed self-confidence and interpersonal communication skills that is very valuable to them for the rest of their lives.