Our Approach

Our programs take a fun-filled approach to teaching kids basic public speaking and communication skills - including the important opportunity to stand up and speak in front of peers. Like most life skills, the best way to develop confidence as a public speaker is practice, and more practice. Young Speakers is proud to provide kids the necessary support and learning platform. Learn more about our programs.

Our Story

Caroline and Anna met through a public speaking program in 2012. After becoming friends, they discussed the importance of learning basic communication skills at an early age.  Shortly after, Young Speakers was born! In the first year, they created a pilot program, which was delivered through a local library.  The original participants shared that not only did they feel better and have fun when public speaking, but that the program had improved their overall confidence. This encouraging feedback motivated them to expand our programs in order to reach even more kids.

Meet the Team

The Young Speakers team is composed of like-minded individuals committed to helping youth reach their highest potential. It’s nice to meet you!

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Caroline Assaf
Director/Facilitator

Caroline has worked all over the world in the fields of international development and sustainability management. She is passionate about the interaction between people and their places. When she's not busy traveling, Caroline likes spending time exploring the city with her son, Luka, and husband, Michel.

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Anna O'Brien
Director/Facilitator

Anna comes from a non-profit and recreational therapy background, including 15 years of program development and facilitation experience. Anna strongly believes that human connection is essential to living a happy and fulfilling life, and enjoys smiles from strangers and meeting new people.

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Kim Waugh
Program Facilitator

Kim joined the Young Speakers team in 2016.  Her background in youth work, combined with her positive attitude and great facilitation skills, makes her a perfect fit for the team!

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Madison Mackenzie
Brand Communications Coordinator 

Originally from Vancouver, Madison is a graduate of the University of Victoria. After spending time abroad working and traveling, she is excited to be back in her home city and joining the team at Young Speakers. She is passionate about social change and brings experience in sustainable community development and digital storytelling.