Public speaking training for women interested in advocacy

January 5, 2012

An opportunity for low-income women in Toronto…

Would a 12 week intensive training course in public speaking, leadership, conflict resolution, diversity issues, and public policy interest you? If so, be sure to apply for the Women Speak Out programme run by Voices from the Street based in Toronto. Information on the programme is as follows (see attached flyer as well):

For women interested in using their personal experiences with homelessness, poverty, immigration, violence and legal issues to educate the public and push for social change:


  • 12 weeks of intensive training in public speaking, leadership, conflict resolution, diversity issues, public policy
  • Training on issues related to women -- violence against women, women and homelessness/ housing, poverty, etc.
  • Cash honorarium of $60 per week for participating, TTC metro pass and or TTC tokens
  • A healthy lunch on the days you are training
  • A connection to others who have similar experiences and a desire for change


  • Your time (Tues, Wed & Thurs between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. from March 19th to June 8th,  2012)
  • An interest in or a curiosity about women's issues
  • A desire to speak openly and publicly about your personal experiences with homelessness, poverty and/or immigration and legal issuues
  • An ability to work well with others and a respect for diversity
  • A passion for social justice and a desire for change along with your leadership skills


If you are interested in becoming a member of Women Speak Out, please submit a letter (legibly written or typed) detailing why you would like to join, what you feel you can bring to the group, any leadership experience, details about your previous or current involvement in the community, involvement on issues related to women. If you have a connection to Sistering, Barbra Schlifer or the Mennonite New Life Centre, be sure to mention this in your application. Letters should be submitted by February 23rd, 2012 to:

Women Speak Out c/o Working for Change
1499 Queen St. W., Suite #203, Toronto M6R 1A3
416-504-1693 x 231 Fax: 416 504-8063

Information Sessions will be held at the following locations:

Mennonite New Life Centre: Jan. 31, 2012, 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., 2600 Birchmount Rd., Scarborough M1T 2M5
Barbara Schlifer Commemorative Clinic: Jan. 18, 2012, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., 489 College St, Suite 503, Toronto
Sistering: Jan. 26, 2012, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., 962 Bloor St. W., Toronto M6H 1L6

Attendance at these sessions is encouraged, but not mandatory. TTC tokens will be available.

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