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Speak & Lead with Pride is a hands-on course designed to teach the art of public speaking to students who may not have had any previous training. Students come voluntarily for six Saturday mornings in the spring for two-hour classes which are comprised of short didactic presentations; 3-minute student presentations on chosen topics; and immediate feedback to students from both the instructors and fellow students. Semi-finalists compete for monetary awards and, finally, a public recognition ceremony for participants is held. Students also gain insight and information about Asian culture and their own Asian identity through the presentation of topics assigned to the students. All students improve their public speaking ability and gain self-confidence.

The San Mateo County Chapter of OCA is now accepting applications for its premier Speak and Lead with Pride program! This is a hands-on course designed to teach the art of public speaking and leadership skills to high school students. Over the course of 6 weeks, participants will gain remarkable confidence in their public speaking and leadership abilities. The course concludes with a recognition ceremony and speech contest for a monetary award.

Six Saturdays, 10am – Noon, all in 2024
Jan. 27, Feb. 3, Feb. 17, Feb. 24, Mar. 2, & Mar. 9

Foster City Recreation Center, Crane Room
650 Shell Blvd., Foster City, CA 94404

Free for all students! 100% financed by OCA San Mateo

Applicants should be high school students who identify as being Asian Pacific American. Applicants must also commit to attend all six Saturday classes plus the Recognition Ceremony and Speech Contest, scheduled for the evening of March 13, 2024, 6-9pm.

Applicants must submit a recommendation letter from their school counselor or teacher and their latest school transcript.

Applications and more information are available from your school counselor or by clicking on the following links
Application Flyer

Deadline to apply extended: in session

Photos and Videos From Previous Years

2010 San Mateo Speak and Lead Winner
Jennifer Kao Speaking at the
2010 OCA National Convention