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Created in 2008, New Directions Speakers School is a unique public speaking program which teaches public speaking, leadership and advocacy skills through raising awareness of social justice issues. The program is guided by the philosophy of addressing, overcoming and removing of barriers to participation and promotes an atmosphere of peer support and mutual aid.
The school is open to anyone who is an injured worker, living in poverty or facing other economic challenges. Students have repeatedly reported that the program has increased their self esteem, self efficacy and confidence. Many have gone on to volunteer and work in the City of Thunder Bay.