On March 22, the 3rd Cohort out of Jail East met to further drafts of speeches that they have been crafting, including a specialized speech for #MarchForOurLives.
The group had a brief check-in, and then engaged in a couple of energizers to bring some excitement and energy into the space.
Following that, the agenda of the day was covered, which was to further progress on the speeches that the youth have bene crafting and improving their speech-giving abilities.
For the past couple of weeks, the youth have been working on a specialized speech aiming towards addressing the march that will take place on March 24, from 10 am to 12 pm in multiple cities throughout the country, which was planned as a reaction to a mass shooting that occurred at a high school in Parkland, Florida.
Aside from the #MarchForOurLives speech, the youth have been crafting a speech intended to be delivered to fifth graders in various schools across Memphis. The goal of these speeches is to dissuade other youth from participating in activities that will lead to violence and incarceration. The speeches focus on what the young men want the fifth graders to “feel, know, and do,” with the hope that the fifth graders will walk away with at least one tangible thing to do different to not follow the young men’s footsteps.
Finally, the facilitators helped sharpen the youth’s presentation skills and speech-giving abilities through the use of the T.H.E.E.V.S. acronym, which stands for Tone, Hands, Eyes, Emotion, Volume, and Speed. Each these points had a fun and engaging activity along with it so the youth could practice them.