RAHWAY — Two Rahway High School students, junior Kenzo Mari Teves and senior Jalil Newman, were among the young people recognized by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders on Dec. 1 in the presence of supporters and family members.
The recognition occurred because this past summer both students completed the Toastmasters International Youth Development Program. The program was conducted by team leaders from the Merck & Co.,/Toastmasters Group at the pharmaceutical company’s site in Rahway.
This eight-week program was organized through collaboration between local government, Merck & Co., and Toastmasters International. The project was managed by the Union County Department of Human Services, Division of Youth Services, in Linden. Student participants were provided weekly support group sessions covering topics including presentation preparation and writing skills and coached in presentation delivery techniques, and given take-home assignments for video critique sessions.
Project team member, Rahway Councilman Dave Brown commented, “Speaking in front of a group can be stressful and sometimes frightening experience for anyone. The students met the challenge and we in Rahway are proud of their success.”
Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of meeting locations. Headquartered in Ranch Santa Margarita, California, the organization has more than 270,000 members in more than 13,000 clubs in 116 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people of all backgrounds become more confident in front of an audience.
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