Speak like Sparky Community Outreach

Speak like Sparky

Resources for K-12 developing Public Speakers

The Speak Like Sparky community public speaking program focuses on helping young people become more confident self-advocates through positive verbal and non-verbal public speaking behaviors.  CommLabASU is dedicated to helping young people become confident public speakers.  We welcome community groups to visit our lab and allow young people to practice and prepare to be the leaders of tomorrow.  Guided by standards outlined by the Arizona Department of Education, the College Board, and the National Communication Association, the Speak Like Sparky program utilizes the acronym SPARKY to help students remember the steps to better public speaking.

If you are interested in receiving our SPARKY bookmarks or bringing your group, club, or team to our campus for a practice session, please contact the Communication Lab or contact Bonnie Wentzel, Director, CommLabASU.

Speak like Sparky


The ASU West Communications Lab has been such an incredible partner for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix!  It is amazing to see the transformation among our members, specifically the Youths of the Year, who often arrive at the Lab shy and unsure of themselves, but leave after just a few short weeks with the confidence to boldly speak in front of hundreds of people.  The coaches do a great job making the teens feel at ease and comfortable as they learn the techniques of public speaking and begin crafting their own stories.  As someone that has observed this process over the last few years, I continue to be impressed with the high quality of expertise and compassion provided by the coaches as they mentor our teen members.  I look forward to watching this partnership grow and the results it will bring! https://asunow.asu.edu/20180215-arizona-impact-asu-communications-lab-helps-students-grow-speakers

Jason Reynolds
Unit Director
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix

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