Success is inevitable for one Toastmasters club formed in prison because the inmates, who create and maintain the club, support and nurture each other and self-esteem is achieved as a result.
Members of the Voices of Distinction Toastmasters club of Lafayette Parish Correctional Center in Louisiana wanted to give back to their community by showing youngsters the way to stay out of prison.
Their 90-minute presentation designed to emphasize the consequences of drug and alcohol abuse has been performed for 25,000 school children to date.
The program begins with the assembly witnessing inmates arriving in shackles and chains. The hush gives way to a dramatic play called Friends. Written by the Toastmasters themselves, the message reaches beyond prison walls and effects lives.
Find out more about Toastmasters’ success in prisons here.