“He is the one we PROCLAIM, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ” (Col. 1:28). Proclaim Speech and Debate Club was formed in order to provide young people the opportunity to develop their speaking skills for the honor and glory of God. In addition, we want student speakers to always be prepared “to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15).
Why should your student participate in Proclaim Speech and Debate Club?
Families have found that participation in speech and debate helps their students develop valuable skills — skills for life as well as skills that colleges and employers are seeking. Students who participate grow in their self-confidence, communication skills, civic engagement, and the ability to work on a team. In addition, students develop problem-solving and researching skills, a good work-ethic, flexibility, determination, persistence, and they will add to their knowledge base and overall skill set.
In 2013, Money included “communication skills” in their list of the top 5 most important keys to success: “The ability to effectively communicate really is the bedrock to developing critical relationships within an organization.” Forbes gave this advice: “Many business leaders are frustrated in their attempts to find [employees] … who seem to have the potential to lead the company in the years ahead. I’ve got a suggestion: search for those who competed in speech and debate competition in high school (or college) and hire them.”
The Wall Street Journal conducted a study of students who participate in speech and debate in high school, and found that state and national award winners have a 30% higher acceptance rate at top tier colleges. Colleges now acknowledge, based on years of experience, that students who demonstrate success in extracurricular activities which give them real-world skills like critical thinking, oral and written communication, and the ability to organize ideas and present them effectively, perform better in college and turn out to be successful alumni who give back generously to their alma mater. Colleges want students who participate in speech and debate.
Although these benefits are important, one of the long-term reasons to have your student participate in proclaim speech and debate club is so that they learn to “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks …the reason for the hope that (they) have…with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15). No matter what your student is destined for, strong communication skills will be a huge asset to him or her. Join in the learning and fun of speech and debate this year and give your student the tools and skills they will need to be leaders and shapers of our culture tomorrow!