New Jersey Orators has an annual membership of almost 500 students, there are chapters throughout the State of New Jersey.
The organization was founded in 1985 by a small group of African-American corporate leaders who were concerned by the lack of formal language skills of young people who visited and interviewed for jobs in central New Jersey companies. Aware that communication skills play a major role in achieving academic and career success, the dedicated executive group established the first orators club.
New Jersey Orators, Inc. holds true to its mission to teach the art of public speaking and life skills to youth between the ages of 7 and 18 years, thereby increasing their self-confidence, leadership skills and ability to maximize career choices and academic success.
The Trenton Chapter was chartered in 2011 with 16-students, that number has grown to 46 orators as of 2014. The group meets every Monday evening from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. at 416 Bellevue Ave, Suite 201, Trenton, NJ, 08618.
The prime objectives of the program are: language mastery in seven categories of public speaking, enhancement of self-esteem, assistance in career selection and engagement of parents in their children’s development.
Orator training consists of 40 weeks of one-hour meetings coinciding with the school year and participation in statewide competitions.
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