Developing an environment catalyzing our children’s communication, organization and leadership skills.

Subject:  Developing an environment catalyzing our children’s communication, organization and leadership skills.   

Meeting minutes

Attendees- Xiaoyan, Yao Xiaodong, Bill Lu, flyingmeatball mom

The team unanimously agreed to adopt an approach similar to Toastmasters with careful and mindful modification for the younger age group.

  • Two age appropriate groups are to be developed, one for the lower grades and one aiming at the teens.
  • For the lower grades, the objective is to get them comfortable and confident to speak in front large audience.
  • For the higher grades, elements of technical skills and increased sophistication will be incorporated.
  • Each group meets once or twice every month with rotating host among the participants.   Each meeting will have one primary host child and one supporting host child to organize and moderate the meeting.  The parents of hosts are responsible to stay with children during the meeting. 
  • Periodically, presentation to a larger audience will be scheduled to showcase progress and improvements.
  • Each meeting will follow a loosely defined structure to encourage engagement of every participant.
  • A revisit of club Ground Rules and Principles at the beginning of each meeting is required.  These rules govern club members’ interaction.  Violation of these rules could lead to a quarantine period from the club.
  • A small token of reward will be given for each participant at each meeting highlighting their effort, development and strength.
  • Club meetings are generally 2 hours incorporating 1 hour structured club activities and 1 hour free or organized play.
  • Each club is limited to 10 families during its pilot stage

Next Steps:

  • Identify experts or widely adopted framework
  • Develop ground rules and principles
  • Propose a defined yet flexible meeting structure to set the cadence
  • Publicize the formation of the clubs and invite participants.