It is said that public speaking is the #1 fear of humankind. 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 a full demonstration with the elections of President Obama and President Trump. Both men swayed a nation to extreme firsts with powerful speeches presented in very different ways. Public Speaking is an all too often overlooked elective course in public school, when and if it is available. Voices of Foster Care is a bold new initiative, which hypothesizes that improved communication skills can change the trajectory of a person's life and well-being.
As small children, when we are unable to communicate, we throw tantrums and cry. As adults, when we are unable to communicate effectively, we make mistakes that can be devastating and irreversible. With nurturing and education, humans are expected to grow into well-adjusted citizens, capable of working and reasoning through life's obstacles. But all-too-often foster children are stunted in their growth the moment they have been ripped away from their natural families. Abandonment issues metastasize faster than cancer and spread from brokenhearted children into entire communities.
The United States maintains more than 400,000 abandoned and removed children in the foster care system and funnels about $1.3 Billion into it every year. The results of this flawed system bind freedom with red tape, prepare children for abusers and sex traffickers, and systematically escort teenagers into prisons. Voice of Foster Care is a life-changing experience for personal growth and the facilitation of self-efficacy. Our students will not only learn how to speak but will also, demonstrate in a self-produced public exhibition, which will be filmed live and broadcast worldwide. So, no matter where you are, if you can get online, you can watch the evolution of our young people as they step onto the world stage with strong voices, empowered and unafraid of what the future holds.
Participants of Voices of Foster Care will gain employability and personal development while getting hands-on experience in the full production of the Voices of Foster Care Documentary. In addition to developing communications interests, Voices of Foster Care offers the following opportunities for growth:
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