Speak Up & Speak Out!
Presented by ONUS, Inc., Speak Up & Speak Out! is a national program that helps community members become superstar-level speakers. Participants gain the opportunity to refine their public speaking skills while delivering speeches to friends, family members, community groups, church congregations, and business organizations on an annual topic selected by ONUS, Inc. Some participants may even have an opportunity to speak on local and national broadcasts. The current declared topic is “Strip Law Enforcement of Unbridled Power!”
- Speak Up & Speak Out! builds knowledge. ONUS helps Speak Up & Speak Out! participants understand the ins and outs of the declared topic. ONUS provides fact sheets and other information participants need to prepare and deliver compelling speeches. During the process of preparing speeches, participants build their knowledge about current issues, laws, and injustices. The audience also learns during the process of listening to and evaluating speakers. Speak Up & Speak Out! is a way of boosting the knowledge level of the entire African-American community.
- Speak Up & Speak Out! is for everyone. Join Speak Up & Speak Out! even if you do not read well or have not completed school. We foster a supportive and encouraging environment, so you will feel comfortable during the process of learning to speak publicly—even if you make mistakes. Speak Up & Speak Out! offers participants countless benefits that include personal enrichment and the opportunity to wield greater influence with decision-makers and political representatives because of your ability to make your points effectively and clearly.
- Speak Up & Speak Out! is a mentoring process. Speak Up & Speak Out! has developed a speakers’ evaluation form that is handed out to audience members before the speaker begins. The evaluations offer feedback and pointers on how speakers can improve their speaking ability. This process of soliciting feedback from the audience helps participants understand the value of constructive criticism as they become better and better speakers.
- Speak Up & Speak Out! builds esteems and strengthens confidence. Community groups, churches, and organizations provide the stage for Speak Up & Speak Out! participants as they deliver speeches to these audiences.
Start a Speak Up & Speak Out! chapter at your organization or church. ONUS is looking to spur the creation of Speak Up & Speak Out! chapters across the country. If you are interested in starting a chapter, email us at SpeakOut@changeisonus.org.
Note: ONUS strongly encourages every parent and group to take great care to ensure youth speakers are placed in the hands of at least two caring and highly trusted adults.