AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN MEETING: SPEECH TREK

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AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN MEETING: SPEECH TREK

Time: February 11, 2019 from 7pm to 9pm
Location: Half Moon Bay Library - Community Room
Street: 620 Correas St
City/Town: Half Moon Bay, CA
Phone: 650-726-1015
Event Type: community, discussion
Latest Activity: Jan 31

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Speech Trek. This competition helps high school students hone public speaking skills. Speaking well gives a natural edge— be it presenting ideas to others, or landing a job through a successful interview. They offer this competition to encourage young people to develop these valuable skills. This year’s topic is very well presented through the AAUW CA Speech Trek Program Annual Branch Participation Memorandum of Understanding. It states as follows: 2018-2019 SPEECH TREK SPEECH CONTEST TOPIC: HOW CAN WE ELIMINATE VIOLENCE AIMED AT OUR SCHOOLS? “To guarantee equality, individual rights, and social justice in a diverse society, AAUW advocates many issues--including freedom from violence, fear of violence and hate crimes--in homes, schools, workplaces, and communities. Unfortunately, American students are not free from violence. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif) pointed out a disturbing trend in our schools: “Since Sandy Hook (Dec. 14, 2012), around 250 schools have experienced a shooting. That’s an average of around 50 a year, or one school shooting every week,” she said. “It’s astonishing that so many schools and so many children have suffered. Active shooter drills shouldn’t be a way of life for our children, but sadly they are.” Singer Kelly Clarkson has also expressed sadness at the escalating level of violence in our schools, and stated that the time for ‘moments of silence’ is over. “Why don’t we do a moment of action?” she asked. “Why don’t we do a moment of change?” In February, 2018, after their tragedy, the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, seized a moment for change. They created “March For Our Lives” and launched a national movement. Three months later, another deadly school shooting took place, this time in Texas. How can we--students, parents, faculty, our communities, and organizations such as AAUW--eliminate violence aimed at our schools? What actions can we take to prevent another tragedy from taking place?”

Join AAUW on Monday, February 11, to hear the opinions of three young people from Half Moon Bay High School on this very timely topic. All contestants will be evaluated and awarded that evening. It is certain to be a very interesting and informative meeting. Come join us. These young people deserve our support! Presentations begin at 7:00 PM. Public invited to attend. More info: 650-726-1015

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