It is said that public speaking is the #1 fear of human-kind. Indeed, effective communication is a universal key, that can open many doors, including that of the American Oval Office. In fact, we have seen this in full demonstration with the elections of President Obama and President Trump. While politically, polar opposites, both men, swayed a nation to extreme firsts, with powerful words. Yet, despite its necessity, Public Speaking is only an often overlooked elective course in public school, when and if it is available. Project C.O.V.E. (Collective Oratory Voices for Excellence) is a bold new initiative in Georgia, which hypothesizes that improved communication skills can change the trajectory of a person's life and well-being. For, the man who can command an audience is prepared for all reason.
Voices of Foster Care is a public speaking training course, created for six young men in the Atlanta area, who are aging out, or have recently aged out, of the foster care system. With our HIP Team Members, Graduate Students at Georgia State University and some friends at Toastmaster's International, we will offer daily instruction in a safe, classroom space, and provide them with fundamental public speaking skills which will better prepare them for professional and interpersonal communications as they move into the next phase of their lives.