Public speaking classes for kids

Learn debate techniques and improve confidence at these programs

Public speaking classes encourage kids to become more dynamic, stand out from the crowd and lead others. These classes are beneficial to kids and teens combating personal shyness, as well as those already very confident, along with everyone in between. Below, find a list of focused speaking and debate classes, and further down, after school programs that offer some public speaking and debating programming. Further below the lists, we explore the benefits for kids and families, both short- and long-term, with a look at interesting related options, and more. Read more

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These programs offer an intensive debate and public speaking focus.

FDT Academy    

Vancouver; Online

  • Education: Public Speaking/Debate
  • Virtual Program, Day camp, Program

FDT's 2020/2021 academic programs are offered online via Zoom. As leaders in Debate, Speech & Model UN training, FDT Academy is renowned for having over 20 of its students make it on the national Debate & Speech teams. Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $100/week
Virtual Program, Day camp, Program openCamp Coed1004-180Vancouver, British Columbia, Virtual Program, Education: Public Speaking/DebateFDT Academy FDT's 2020/2021 academic programs are offered online via Zoom. As leaders in Debate, Speech & Model UN training, FDT Academy is renowned for having over 20 of its students make it on the national Debate & Speech teams. Vancouver, British Columbia, Virtual Program, Virtual Program, Day camp, Program Coed

Sylvan Learning Thornhill   

Thornhill; Markham

  • Education: Academic/Tutoring
  • Day camp, Program

Sylvan camp will spark the creativity of campers through various hands on STEM related activities, such as robot building, math/science projects and creative writing. Read more...

  • Ages 3 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $149/month
Day camp, Program openCamp Coed1493-181Thornhill, Ontario, Markham, OntarioEducation: Academic/TutoringSylvan Learning ThornhillSylvan camp will spark the creativity of campers through various hands on STEM related activities, such as robot building, math/science projects and creative writing. Thornhill, Ontario, Markham, Ontario Day camp, Program Coed

Focus Learning Academic Centre   

York Mills, Toronto

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp, Program

An enrichment academic learning centre committed to igniting the love of learning among children and teens. A variety of subjects are on offer with both our FocusKids and FocusLeaders summer camps. Read more...

  • Ages 8 to 15
  • Coed
  • from $240/month
Day camp, Program openCamp Coed2408-152York Mills, Toronto, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Focus Learning Academic CentreAn enrichment academic learning centre committed to igniting the love of learning among children and teens. A variety of subjects are on offer with both our FocusKids and FocusLeaders summer camps. York Mills, Toronto, Ontario Day camp, Program Coed
  • Academic/Tutoring: Instructor lead (group)
  • Program

With more than 30 years of success, Brain Power is an innovative leader in enrichment education for bright and gifted students. Brain Power is a transformative model for what gifted education should be about in the GTA. Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $325/program
Program openCamp Coed3256-183Vaughan, OntarioAcademic/Tutoring: Instructor lead (group)Brain Power Enrichment ProgramsWith more than 30 years of success, Brain Power is an innovative leader in enrichment education for bright and gifted students. Brain Power is a transformative model for what gifted education should be about in the GTA. Vaughan, Ontario Program Coed

Topkids Education Center   

Windfields, Toronto

  • Education (multi)
  • Day camp, Program

Topkids Education Center provides tutoring in academics, music, art, drama, public speaking, virtual sports, and more! Take advantage of our free trial class! PA Day, March & Winter Break, and Summer Camps too! Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 100
  • Coed
  • from $25/session
Day camp, Program openCamp Coed254-1004Windfields, Toronto, OntarioEducation (multi)Topkids Education CenterTopkids Education Center provides tutoring in academics, music, art, drama, public speaking, virtual sports, and more! Take advantage of our free trial class! PA Day, March & Winter Break, and Summer Camps too! Windfields, Toronto, Ontario Day camp, Program Coed
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Power of Words Academy   

Don Mills, Toronto; Markham

  • Education (multi)
  • Day camp, Program

2020/2021 Writing & Public Speaking School Year Program for kids in Grades 2 to 8. Select from in-person classes (at our North York Campus) or online classes (delivered using the Zoom platform and Google Classroom. Read more...

  • Ages 7 to 14
  • Coed
  • from $200/week
Day camp, Program openCamp Coed2007-140Don Mills, Toronto, Ontario, Markham, OntarioEducation (multi)Power of Words Academy2020/2021 Writing & Public Speaking School Year Program for kids in Grades 2 to 8. Select from in-person classes (at our North York Campus) or online classes (delivered using the Zoom platform and Google Classroom. Don Mills, Toronto, Ontario, Markham, Ontario Day camp, Program Coed

Oxford Learning High Park   

Bloor West Village, Toronto; Online

  • Education (multi)
  • Virtual Program, Day camp

Oxford means a personalized learning experience for your child. Brain and Science Camps explore creative themes through engaging activities and field trips. Learning takes a fun turn. Our students are excited to learn! Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 12
  • Coed
  • from $400/week
Virtual Program, Day camp openCamp Coed4004-121Bloor West Village, Toronto, Ontario, Virtual Program, Education (multi)Oxford Learning High ParkOxford means a personalized learning experience for your child. Brain and Science Camps explore creative themes through engaging activities and field trips. Learning takes a fun turn. Our students are excited to learn! Bloor West Village, Toronto, Ontario, Virtual Program, Virtual Program, Day camp Coed

Wildhorse Camp   

Rocky Mountain House

  • Sport: Horseback Riding/Equestrian
  • Overnight camp

Heartbeats and Hoofbeats - A unique stay where you immerse yourself in our horse culture! Take lessons, learn new skills and practice out in the fields and forests of our beautiful Ranch. Just Ride! Read more...

  • Ages 11 to 17
  • Girls
  • from $750/week
Overnight camp openCamp Girls75011-172Rocky Mountain House, AlbertaSport: Horseback Riding/EquestrianWildhorse CampHeartbeats and Hoofbeats - A unique stay where you immerse yourself in our horse culture! Take lessons, learn new skills and practice out in the fields and forests of our beautiful Ranch. Just Ride! Rocky Mountain House, Alberta Overnight camp Girls

Behaviour Matters   

Lawrence Heights, Toronto

  • Education: Leadership
  • Program, Family camp

Focused on developing social skills, emotional/self-regulation and self confidence. Programs are interactive, skills, and strength-based, consisting of games, team building; role-plays, art, discussions, take-home tasks. Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 18
  • Coed, Girls, Boys
  • from $600/group
Program, Family camp openCamp Coed, Girls, Boys6004-183Lawrence Heights, Toronto, OntarioEducation: LeadershipBehaviour MattersFocused on developing social skills, emotional/self-regulation and self confidence. Programs are interactive, skills, and strength-based, consisting of games, team building; role-plays, art, discussions, take-home tasks. Lawrence Heights, Toronto, Ontario Program, Family camp Coed, Girls, Boys
  • Education: Academic/Tutoring
  • Virtual Program, Day camp, Program

Quills and Quotes is an after-school education program that teaches public speaking and writing skills in one class! It includes essay and creative writing, literary analysis and comprehension. Summer/online classes. Read more...

  • Ages 8 to 15
  • Coed
  • from $450/session
Virtual Program, Day camp, Program openCamp Coed4508-154Virtual Program, , Mississauga, OntarioEducation: Academic/TutoringQuills and Quotes: Writing and Public Speaking ProgramQuills and Quotes is an after-school education program that teaches public speaking and writing skills in one class! It includes essay and creative writing, literary analysis and comprehension. Summer/online classes. Virtual Program, , Mississauga, Ontario Virtual Program, Day camp, Program Coed

Apostrophe Kids   

Oakville; Mississauga

  • Education: Academic/Tutoring
  • Program

Academic enrichment program developed by an Ontario Certified Teacher to build student confidence and engagement in Language Arts and Math. Classes are once a week for 90 minutes from September to June. Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 15
  • Coed
  • from $159/month
Program openCamp Coed1596-155Oakville, Ontario, Mississauga, OntarioEducation: Academic/TutoringApostrophe KidsAcademic enrichment program developed by an Ontario Certified Teacher to build student confidence and engagement in Language Arts and Math. Classes are once a week for 90 minutes from September to June. Oakville, Ontario, Mississauga, Ontario Program Coed

1-UP Leadership Programs at Ernescliff College   

Quebec City; South Annex, Toronto; Bancroft

  • Reading: Leadership training
  • Overnight camp, Program

Leadership program and fun summer camps for boys 9-13 years-old, focused on character formation, service and friendship. Read more...

  • Ages 9 to 18
  • Boys
  • from $150/week
Overnight camp, Program openCamp Boys1509-186Quebec City, , South Annex, Toronto, Ontario, Bancroft, Reading: Leadership training1-UP Leadership Programs at Ernescliff CollegeLeadership program and fun summer camps for boys 9-13 years-old, focused on character formation, service and friendship. Quebec City, , South Annex, Toronto, Ontario, Bancroft, Overnight camp, Program Boys

Royal Ontario Museum Summer Club   

South Annex, Toronto

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp

Diverse Toronto summer camp (with March Break programs) offering kids programs in science, history, art, environment and more. Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $225/2 weeks
Day camp openCamp Coed2255-167South Annex, Toronto, Ontario, South Annex, Toronto, Traditional (multi activity) Royal Ontario Museum Summer ClubDiverse Toronto summer camp (with March Break programs) offering kids programs in science, history, art, environment and more. South Annex, Toronto, Ontario, South Annex, Toronto, Day camp Coed

Radiant Girls   

Burlington; Hamilton; Online

  • Education: Leadership
  • Virtual Program, Day camp, Overnight camp, Program, Family camp

Girls Wellness & Leadership programs, with prof. coaches, chef's and trainers. Featuring Yoga/Pilates, Outdoor Adventures, Confidence & EI Activities, Meaningful Art, Leadership Games, Relationship Building, and More! Read more...

  • Ages 7 to 16
  • Girls
  • from $100/week
Virtual Program, Day camp, Overnight camp, Program, Family camp openCamp Girls1007-168Burlington, Ontario, Hamilton, Ontario, Virtual Program, Education: LeadershipRadiant GirlsGirls Wellness & Leadership programs, with prof. coaches, chef's and trainers. Featuring Yoga/Pilates, Outdoor Adventures, Confidence & EI Activities, Meaningful Art, Leadership Games, Relationship Building, and More! Burlington, Ontario, Hamilton, Ontario, Virtual Program, Virtual Program, Day camp, Overnight camp, Program, Family camp Girls

DigiTeens Academy   

Thornhill; Scarborough Village, Toronto

  • Computer (multi)
  • Day camp, Program, Family camp

Canada’s leading Robotics, Coding and Game Design club. Our program is different and unique as we combine robotics and game/animation design to teach students Entrepreneurship Skills and Artificial Intelligence. Read more...

  • Ages 7 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $100/month
Day camp, Program, Family camp openCamp Coed1007-169Thornhill, Ontario, Scarborough Village, Toronto, OntarioComputer (multi)DigiTeens AcademyCanada’s leading Robotics, Coding and Game Design club. Our program is different and unique as we combine robotics and game/animation design to teach students Entrepreneurship Skills and Artificial Intelligence. Thornhill, Ontario, Scarborough Village, Toronto, Ontario Day camp, Program, Family camp Coed

Public speaking classes and programs for different ages

Kids can begin self-betterment in this area, as early as aged five. Find public speaking classes for kids and youth.

Some programs may focus on developing teens in the art of debate and public speaking. Find a select list of public speaking classes for teens.

Related camps and programs

Here’s a look at some related options for parents and kids. We encourage you to explore our site for all the best in education and learning programs. Even as you search for camps that meet your immediate options, it’s valuable to consider programs and classes that can better you in areas adjacent to your development of public speaking skills. After school programs really open up a Pandora’s box of learning possibilities for kids at all ages and stages of their development. Start with a look at the world of after-school educational programs.  Beyond that, here’s a look at more closely-related options: 

Public speaking summer camps and programs offer kids and teens means to take part in a weeklong immersion in this learning. Here, a day-in, day-out exposure to training, tricks and techniques will help them improve their speaking and develop rich confidence in their abilities.

After school leadership programs are another way to take weekend or after-school time to self-improve and engage in learning. Similarly, leadership camps offer a weeklong immersion in personal development.

Performing arts camps put kids on the stage in a different setting, of course. It’s a way to take all the skills used in speaking — projection, confidence, gesture — and explore them in a milieu where they also perform publicly, if a little more creatively.

Acting camps are another way for confident kids and teens to take it to another level, one that may start dreams of still bigger things. 

Explore the world of kids arts’ camps to find even more possibilities that allow kids to spread their wings, develop their creativity, and learn more about themselves. 

What skills will you acquire in kids' public speaking programs? 

There are many skills kids and teens acquire and develop through public speaking. Few types of kids' camps or after school lessons can be as personally enriching and rewarding, really. There are the lessons and skills they acquire directly through programming, then there’s a whole collection of attendant secondary or tertiary personal and soft skills. When you get up in front of people and give a speech that purports to change people’s minds, whole new worlds open. 

Primary skills developed in speech classes: 

Some of the typical curriculum in an after school public speaking program or class might be: 

  • Introductory logic, with discussion of basic reasoning and logical fallacies
  • Research skills
  • Speech writing skills
  • Classical debate
  • Aspects of the science of persuasion
  • Preparation and moderation
  • Vocal modulation
  • Different genres and forums for speech presentation
  • Effective use of humour
  • Thinking on their feet (extemporization) 

Still other study variants included in some classes and programs may include reviewing famous historical speeches. Kids may be introduced to classical rhetoric, coupled with critical analysis. Public speaking curriculum in more advanced coursework explores the cultural backdrop of successful speeches, and teens learn much beyond the scope of speech presentation.  

Improved communication skills are an obvious over-arching skill learned in these classes. Not only do kids and teens improve confidence in speaking, they also improve their vocabulary, learn about eye contact and body language, and acquire a host of other skills. 

Deeper skills development

For older students, these classes can be important preparation for post-secondary education, where presentations and in-class participation are critical to success. There’s more: 

Improved social interaction, and empathy skills are deeply important to their development and maturation. 

Increased boldness includes an enriched appreciation of their personal power and inner strength. 

Critical thinking skills  are tested, as presenting a speech forces students to see the flaws in their own logic, as well as others’. 

Self-organization and self-discipline are part and parcel of speech preparation and the courage it takes to stand in front of others and speak. Development in this area has implications for many other areas of life, of course. 

Kids develop skills at writing, editing, proofreading, in the presentation of ideas clearly and cogently, through the immediate feedback of this forum. While instructors may offer them feedback, they also hear themselves speak and gauge audience reaction to ideas they present. 

Other understanding they acquire may be more ineffable, often appreciated better as they get older. Kids at debate camp develop skills and talents that apply to the areas entrepreneurship, academics, and a wide array of other areas of life. Prodigious young public speakers will be better-prepared for success in business and other challenging careers. They’ll be bolder, better at networking, more able to speak their minds, better able to elucidate a position or argument. 

Some of the obvious careers that would benefit from time at public speaking include sales, marketing, and teaching, as well as many more.  

Sources and further reading

"The benefits of public speaking." virtualspeech.com. 


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