Victorian Arabic Social Services

Victorian Arabic Social Services (VASS) ran its ÒPublic Speaking and Leadership CourseÓ for young adults with support from Free Debate. Free Debate provided four days of public speaking training to a group of about 15 young people at the Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFEÕs campus in Preston. VASS is a state-wide service provider with specialist expertise and knowledge in working with communities with an Arabic-speaking background and advocating on their behalf. Free Debate designed a creative programme, focusing on not only building participantsÕ confidence and presentation skills, but also on the clear, critical thinking needed for leadership. We also included two excellent guest speakers in our programme: the Premier of VictoriaÕs speech writer, Joel Deane, and strategic policy advisor and PowerPoint expert Andrew Nipe. Feedback from the programme has been very positive, and VASS and Free Debate are both keen to collaborate on new projects. Our thanks go to Caitlin, Connie and Lisa of VASS for organising Free DebateÕs participation in this important program, and to Joel and Andrew for sharing their knowledge and skills.