Jack Petchey’s “Speak Out” Challenge is the largest speaking competition for young people in the world. Designed and delivered by Speakers Trust, and supported and funded by the Jack Petchey Foundation, this programme has become a high profile, well established component of school life. It provides essential tools for young people - of all abilities and from all walks of life - to communicate confidently, effectively and with purpose. Since its launch in 2006 180,000 young people have participated in Jack Petchey’s “Speak Out” Challenge! and it has become an established and recognised part of the school curriculum in state schools throughout London and Essex.
It affords young people multiple opportunities to speak out on issues that are important to them; it provides a showcase through school assemblies, Regional Finals and Grand Final events to celebrate their excellence, passion and courage. Above all the programme develops self-belief, raises aspirations and encourages thousands of young people to recognise the power of their voice. It enables them to speak out with confidence and to be heard.
The Jack Petchey Foundation support and fund this programme so that it can be delivered in every state secondary school in London and Essex. This means a free full-day public speaking workshop for Year 10 students. Speakers Trusts’ expert trainers create a safe environment for tailored, interactive and fun training. Throughout the day structured exercises for individuals and groups provide young people with opportunities to share their views, learn from each other and build critical communications skills. Students are challenged and supported to develop and deliver their own one and a half minute to three minute speech without notes as they step out of their comfort zone and exceed expectations.