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In some large metropolitan centers there may be several separate Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies that help match children and adults. Most smaller communities have only one such agency. A large national board determines program policies and standards for all Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies. A small paid staff at the national headquarters organizes regional professional staff conferences, council meetings, and an annual meeting at which all agencies are represented. Each local agency has its own board of directors. Many of the local agencies receive a portion of their support from local United Way appeals; much of the work is financed by contributions from foundations, private donors, and corporate partners.

“This moment is a triumph for me and for OYE. Thank you for the support over the last 10 years. OYE has played a fundamental role in my personal and professional development.”

On his graduation day, Julián expressed.

Do your homework.

“Carefully read the coordinator’s manual and take advantage of the resources offered by Toastmasters,” says Clark. “There are districts all over the world that have so much valuable material to share; learn from their experiences.”

Be expressive.

Kids like to see animation and a lively performance. “When I do a speech on gestures, I make a big display,” says Clark. “I’ll fool with the keys in my pocket and adjust my glasses and make a lot of noise with change. I also emphasize being purposeful with your gestures; kids love that.”

Limit participants.

Clark likes to keep his class size to no more than 25 students so that he can cover all the important topics and give everyone a chance to speak. Enjoy yourself. Have fun with the kids and they’ll have fun, too, says Clark. “Relax, get a little silly, and use plenty of humor.”

Keep it short.

Aim for between 400-800 words maximum. Use short sentences and try to stick to one paragraph per idea. Blogs should be a more informal way for people to read about a topic so seeing too much text might put them off reading.

We acknowledge the wise people of our Indigenous communities, past and present who are the foundations of this great country of ours. We recognise that we share this land with the traditional owners and custodians.

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