Public Speaking

Public speaking provides opportunities for young people to articulate their views to a wide audience of decision-makers and influencers. We believe taking on these speaking roles develops communication skills and increases confidence, providing young people with valuable skills. It is also a crucial method of demonstrating the knowledge and skills of young people, encouraging others to involve them in their work.
In the last year alone My City Too Young Ambassadors have taken part in more than 10 public speaking engagements, ranging from organising and delivering a seminar for over 80 delegates from the planning sector, carrying out street debates with professionals and the public, presenting to councillors and committees, as well as screening their films and giving a talk at an international documentary film festival.    
Speaking events include:

  • Open City Documentary Film Festival, University College London, 2011
  • International Journal Neighbourhood Renewal (INJR) Conference, 2011
  • Localism and Youth Participation Seminar, Royal College of Physicians, 2011
  • Derelict Spaces Street Debate, London Open House Weekend, 2010
  • ‘Anatomy of the Street’ Round Table Discussion, Showroom Gallery, 2010
  • Street Debating in Croydon and Westminster, London Festival of Architecture, 2010
  • ‘Are we designing young people out of public space?’, Glasshouse debate, 2009
  • 'Creating a model of involving young people in shaping their city' Conference, Blue Fin, 2008
  • My City Too Manifesto Debate with Mayoral Candidates, City Hall, 2008