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Student Speaker Application

Student Speaker Nomination Guidelines

The National Center for Families Learning is seeking student speakers for the Families Learning Conference to be held at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, September 24-26, 2018. Student speakers must have:
  • Attended a family literacy or family learning program that has a two-generational learning component and completed at least 1 year in the program
  • Completed a minimum of 3 speaking engagements in their class/school, in front of local groups and/or local or state conferences
  • Spoken in front of at least one group of 50–100 attendees
  • Demonstrated that he/she is proficient in English
A staff member from the family literacy/family learning program must be available to coach or guide the student speaker as the student writes and prepares to present the speech. The speech must be submitted to NCFL for approval and/or suggested modifications a month in advance of the conference. The student speaker must be willing to travel to Fort Lauderdale, arrive on Sunday, September 23, and be available for an on-site practice session on September 23 prior to the Opening Session on September 24.

Please Note: NCFL will pay travel and related expenses for the student speakers. Details will be sent to speakers once the selection process is completed.

We are particularly interested in students who have a story to tell about how attending a family literacy/family learning program has changed their lives, who developed strategies for supporting their children's academic development, have begun to accomplish some of their employment or vocational goals, and/or have developed supportive strategies to include their extended family.  We would love to hear how adult learners have found their way to economic and family success through family literacy/family learning services.

Please submit your nomination no later than 11:59 p.m. EDT on May 1, 2018. For assistance or questions, please contact Patricia Lovett at