Local writer/publicist Jennifer Wilner has a lot of interesting clients but MM finds the New Jersey Orators the most interesting. Check out their history and agenda at http://www.njorators.org/njhistory.htm.
MM asked Wilner about her work and her association with the Orators.
How did you first get into contact with Young Orators? (New Jersey Orators)
A. While chatting with friends a year and a half ago, they mentioned that their children had joined New Jersey Orators and that we should "check it out". They were seeing a direct connection to the improvement of their children's language and reading comprehension in school. I took Alexis as a guest one night, and since she LOVES to have a crowd's attention and perform, she was immediately drawn to the idea.
What do you think is the strongest benefit from their program? Do you have personal involvement with them beyond publicizing their events?
A. I think the strongest benefit is teaching children to be confident public speakers. Not necessarily in front of thousands of people to start, but just their peers (to start) they need to be comfortable talking to people. It's a life skill that they will fall back on through their school years, college, job interviews and all through life.
As I said earlier, my personal involvement is that Alexis is a member. As parents, my husband (Jonathan) and I are enjoying seeing her confidence soar through the skills she's learning every week.