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Confident Junior Communicators

Exposing children at a young age to public speaking will groom them to be confident communicators down the road.  Preparing them early on will contribute to their success in a variety of speaking situations they will eventually face, such as class presentations, scholarship and job interviews, and special occasions that require speeches.  Standing on a stage and speaking behind a lectern is usually the first image that pops into people’s minds, but there are far more common scenarios when speaking publicly will occur for children.

​Even though the benefits of excellent communication are plentiful, public speaking is still a widely underdeveloped soft skill in the educational system. College is often where young adults have their first experience with a formal course in the art of public speaking.  Wouldn’t it be great if your child had a head start in learning this valuable skill?

Certified World Class Speaking Coach Roquita Johnson runs a public speaking academy – Confident Junior Communicators – to help youth develop their speaking abilities. The program is for youth in 7th and 8th grades. The five-session weekly program is conducted at a select location in Bridgeport, CT. Roquita can also host the program at schools, if administrators would like their students to take advantage of the program during the school year.  Roquita also offers a three-hour workshop option for schools and other organizations.  Please reach out to discuss options for your youth.

“I’m so grateful to you, for not only your excellent public speaking program but for the support, encouragement and dedication to the students. You worked so hard for them each week in your prep work, feedback, video editing etc. Thank you again!” ~ Maria Coffey, St. John School

Who can join the program?

​The Confident Junior Communicators program is for youth with little to no public speaking experience. The program will equip and empower your child to handle her/himself with more confidence in any speaking environment.  

​They will learn:

  • How body language enhances your speech
  • Tried and true techniques for calming nerves
  • How to simply and logically construct a speech
  • Dynamic delivery tools that build audience engagement
  • The most common types of speeches
  • Visual aids
  • Persuasion
  • And more!

How does it work?

​Students will not only deliver a speech at the final session, but will also have the chance to evaluate fellow students’ speeches, to better understand the speaking experience from the audience perspective.  Evaluation helps to hone the active listening skill at the same time. Through a combination of lecture, fun hands-on exercises, group activities, and video – each child will gain an appreciation for this important life-long skill. A workbook is included as part of the program. Participants will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the program, in addition to a copy of their recorded speech.


​By the end of the program, you will see a positive difference in how your child approaches situations where they will be asked to speak or present.  Besides a boost in self-esteem due to their newly acquired abilities, other benefits include:

  • Stronger sense of self, resulting in better self expression
  • Improved organization of thoughts and ideas
  • Meeting new friends
  • More opportunities for leadership roles in school, clubs, volunteer activities etc. 

Please check back for the next program dates.

Start your child on the right foot today with Confident Junior Communicators.

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