Youth Leadership Program (YLP)

Toastmasters Youth Leadership Program (YLP)

The Toastmasters Youth Leadership Program is an 8-week workshop for youth under the age of 18 to practice their communication and leadership skills. Through the program, participants learn to:

  • Overcome nervousness when speaking in front of an audience

  • Organize and present ideas clearly and logically

  • Listen carefully to others’ idea

  • Offer constructive feedback to help others improve their speaking and leadership skills

  • Participate in and/or lead group discussion or meetings

Participants Practice Skills on:

  • Chairmanship (Leadership)

  • Organizing a Speech

  • Listening and Evaluating

  • Impromptu Speaking

  • Body Gestures

  • Voice and Vocabulary

How to Get Started?

  • Find a venue to host the Youth Leadership Program

  • Decide on the age group

  • Recruit a minimum group of 8-10 kids or a maximum group of 15-20 kids

  • The meeting will be one to two hours long, depending on the number of participants

  • Recruit Toastmasters members as the program coordinator and assistant coordinator(s)

  • Get sponsorship from Toastmaster club(s) to purchase

    • Youth Leadership Program Workbooks
    • Youth Leadership Coordinator Guides
    • Completion Certificates

For more information, refer to the Toastmasters International Youth Programs page.


Gavel Clubs

Gavel clubs are a way of providing Toastmasters’ self-improvement methods and materials to those who may be ineligible for regular membership due to age, inability to leave a facility, or other circumstances. They can be found in high schools, colleges, rehabilitation institutions, prisons, hospitals, or elsewhere.

How Do Gavel Clubs Operate?

Gavel clubs operate in the same way ordinary Toastmasters clubs do. They have same club officer titles, use traditional communication and leadership manuals, and follow similar club meeting protocols. Gavel club members are not referred to as Toastmasters; they are called “Gaveliers.”  There is a one-time fee to charter a Gavel club, and an annual club renewal fee payable to Toastmasters International each November.

How to Form a Gavel Club?

  • Must not be composed of employed adults
  • Must not be eligible to charter as a regular Toastmasters club
  • May include members who are under 18 years of age
  • Must have the approval or endorsement of its host institution
  • Must use the program, methods, procedures, materials and services of Toastmaster International, whenever possible
  • Must apply to Toastmasters International for a certificate of Affiliation (Fees are involved)
  • Minimum number of kids to join a Gavel club can be 8-10, and maximum number is 25.  Meeting will be one to two hours long.


For more information about the Youth Leadership Program or Gavel clubs and how to start one, please contact Patricia James, Youth Leadership Program Chair, at