One new program I am currently developing with the help of two volunteers is our Speakers Bureau. The Speakers Bureau will teach our refugee participants valuable knowledge regarding public speaking and writing. Our volunteers will help participants develop the content of their stories to be presented and help them gain public speaking skills. The volunteers will then arrange speaking and tabling events for the participants to speak at.
This week we had our first Speakers Bureau training. The Speakers Bureau will connect outreach to donors, sponsors, and volunteers directly with former IRC refugee clients, who can teach about refugee issues and share their own stories. We had a two-hour training and a few eager new participants. It was great to see how eager they are to share their personal stories with people in their community!