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June 17, 2011 > Community benefits from 'Inspire Youth'

Community benefits from 'Inspire Youth'

Submitted By Students of Inspire Youth, Photo by Manohar Kamath

After completing their leadership training through the "All Ears Toastmasters Youth Leadership Program," five Mission San Jose High School 10th graders aspired to do more. So Alexis Leung, Calista Wong, Sanjana Kamath, Surabhi Jain and Tanvi Tamhane launched Inspire Youth Workshops and began organizing life skills training to benefit their immediate community. They selected a list of life skills they would like to acquire and they searched for presenters to conduct the training.

Their first workshop, Personal Emergency Preparedness, took place on November 5, 2010 and was conducted by Chuck Guaraglia and Margot Simpson, volunteers with the City of Fremont Fire Department. Sixty-six attendees, including students from Mission San Jose High School along with several adults, acquired training on how to handle emergencies; all students received volunteer service hours for their attendance.

Their next workshop, Independent Living 101 for the College-Bound Teen was held on January 21, 2011 and was conducted by Michael Galvan, Program Manager with Project Independence at Abode Services in Fremont. Both students and adults attended and learned about bank accounts, credit cards, housing, managing finances and nutrition.

Bike Safety Training, sponsored by The City of Fremont through the Measure B Program, was scheduled for February 25. Unfortunately, due to minimal registrations, that training was cancelled. "There is learning to be had with a cancelled project too," said Diana Brumbaugh, Assistant Principal, Mission San Jose High School.

However, there is still an opportunity to learn bike safety training. The East Bay Bicycle Coalition offers bicycle safety classes for all ages of cyclists, kids' bike rodeos and family cycling workshops. For information, please visit

Inspire Youths' latest workshop, conducted in March, was another Personal Emergency Preparedness attended again by both students and adults. "It would be fantastic if we could get all students in Fremont trained in emergency preparedness! Once trained, not only could they help at school, but should an emergency arise, they could help at home or while on the road," said participant Tanvi Tamhane.

If you would like to learn about the Toastmasters Youth Leadership program or have an idea for an upcoming workshop, please email

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