On the 11 April we helped organise a workshop called Voice Power – aimed at empowering youth leadership. The workshop was funded by The Smith Family as part of their youth mentoring programme. The aim of the workshop was to bring youth, community and Elders together and encourage a space for positive and affirming dialogue and interaction.
The workshop was facilitated and run by Brian Martin and Robyn Harper. Brian has more than 20 years experience in voice production and teaches people from all walks of life how to sing and speak with joy and confidence and Robyn Harper has studied various forms of gentle exercise to assist the body. Katina Leedie a youth leader from The Smith Family and the Moo Roo Moo Roo youth group also assisted and help organise the workshop and liaise with the youth.
Over 25 people attended the workshop which ran from 10am until 3.30pm. There was a great variety of participants – some great singers and song writers attended to see what they could share and learn from Brian, while others were interested in public speaking. There was wonderful singing, laughter and many of us learnt some valuable speaking and listening tips. We learnt tips on how to speak clearly and use volume, projection and feel and enjoy the power of our own voices. Robyn’s exercises helped us relax and reminded us of the importance of posture to project confidence and assist us find our voice.
When asked what he thought of the workshop one of the youth replied: “It was Mad!” A mad day was had by all!