Upon accepting the role, she said: “This is a great honour. These young people are experts! They have had more training and preparation in public speaking than I did when I was elected to the House of Commons, aged 29.”
The world’s biggest youth public speaking event encourages young people to Speak Out about issues that matter to them, develop new skills, and gain confidence as well as the chance to compete in Regional Finals, and potentially a Grand Final held in July each year.
Baroness King, who has previously been on the judging panel for the Grand Final of the competiton added, “Jack Petchey’s Speak Out Challenge is an amazing programme that is building future leaders. Watch out for them.”
Over 500 schools take place in the programme which, now in its ninth year, has trained over 100,000 young people in art of public speaking. Bryan Anderson, director of the program said, “Through the medium of speech, we empower young people to make a difference. These skills will aid them immensely in their academic lives and future chosen careers.”
Baroness King joins other notable public figures including Graham Norton and Dame Helen Mirren who are Patrons of the Jack Petchey Foundation.
To find out more about the Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge, visit www.speakoutchallenge.com
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