Community Family Life Services Speakers Bureau
The CFLS Speakers Bureau is a place where survivors of traumas such as victimization, homelessness, and incarceration learn to speak publicly about their experiences thus educating the community about their needs while spreading awareness about pertinent community issues. The CFLS Speakers Bureau allows speakers to define ways audiences can be of help financially and as advocates through volunteerism, as well as to provide an opportunity to earn income while learning to speak publicly. This marks a notable expansion of CFLS employment services, diversifying options offered for women to gain skills and earn income by educating the community about how women move from hopelessness to hopefulness.
The first cohort of this program hosted 13 exceptional members. Each member is offered the opportunity to work personally with a professional leadership coach and/or therapist as well as participate in 35 hours of paid public speaking training hosted by experts in the field. Prior to the training, each participant completes an assessment form and is matched with a coach that will best suit their individual needs. All coaches for this project are professionally trained and experienced with coaching certificates and are considered subject matter experts in their profession. In training, CFLS Speakers Bureau members will undergo the process of self-discovery, receive in-the-moment feedback from fellow participants and session trainers, learn the basics of public speaking, and develop action plans for increased competence and confidence.
Upon the completion of this program women will be available for hire to speak on various topics throughout the community including but not limited to women’s reentry, domestic violence, human trafficking, homelessness, and HIV prevention and awareness.
The project strives to achieve the following:
Participants will earn an income and gain a valuable public speaking skill that will aid them in their current and future goals.
Participants will educate the community about the experience of how gender impacts their recovery from domestic violence, homelessness and incarceration.
Participants will help dispel the myths and stereotypes about what it is like to survive and endure domestic violence, human trafficking, incarceration and homelessness and often times a conglomerate of all four.
Participants will increase their confidence and accountability to act on their own ideas and decisions.
Participants will begin to shape and strengthen an effective public speaking style.
Participants will strengthen leadership skills, rehearse intentional decision-making, and develop consciousness of external factors that may be influencing the understanding of their personal and professional goals.
current, ongoing and upcoming events
Throughout the year, CFLS hosts a number of special events aimed at raising funds and educating the community about the causes and consequences of homelessness and the unique plights faced by women reintegrating back into society after a period of incarceration.