D57 Programs

District 57 offers a variety of programs to assist members in acquiring not only strong communication skills, but also valuable leadership traits that will lead you to success in your future endeavors.

High Performance Leadership Project (HPL):This five-project program offers instruction and practice in such vital leadership skills and activities as developing a mission and vision, goal-setting and planning, identifying values and building a team. Includes three Guidance Committee Handbooks.

Learn about Toastmasters International’s educational system and how the High Performance Leadership program fits into it.

Outstanding Achievement Toastmaster Award (OATM): OATM is an award available to ALL members that go above and beyond; pushing themselves to go farther and be more active in the Toastmasters organization.

You will be recognized at the D57 Spring Conference. Complete at least two different items in each category and get your VP of Education from your home club to sign off on your worksheet. Cutoff for recognition at the Spring 2017 conference.

Awards will be presented at the Spring Conference. You do not need to be present to be recognized, and we will make sure you receive our token of appreciation (plaque and pin) at another district event or at your club.  

Youth Leadership Program: The Youth Leadership Program is a workshop consisting of eight one- to two-hour sessions that enable participants to develop communication and leadership skills through practical experience. The program is presented during or after school, or on weekends. Participants learn to:

  • Evaluate present speaking ability
  • Organize and give speeches
  • Give impromptu talks
  • Control voice, vocabulary and gestures
  • Give constructive feedback and more

Each Youth Leadership Program group is limited to 25 people. Participants are selected by the sponsoring Toastmasters club or by a cooperating organization (such as a school).

A local Toastmasters club serves as sponsor and provides a coordinator to present the program. The individual coordinator attends each meeting, where he or she will lead most of the presentations and counsel participants. The coordinator assigns an assistant who can fill in for the coordinator should he or she be unable to attend a meeting. Meetings generally follow a format similar to that of a Toastmasters club meeting, including an announced agenda, practice in parliamentary procedure, and the selection of presiding officers.