北一女青少年領導才能培訓班 Youth Leadership Program (簡稱AATFGH-YLP)是由北一女南加州校友會(AATFGH) 的校友 Min Chang 女士於 1993 年創辦的。二十多年間YLP為培育學員的領導才能而努力不懈，也造就了無數的青年領袖人才！
YLP是一個完全是由學生家長們義務參與支持的非營利培訓團體，其宗旨是以通過課堂討論、不斷的練習和實際參與社區服務及慈善活動來提昇我們下一代 （13 至 18 歲的青少年) 的溝通，社交和領導才能。 在以往21年間 YLP一直在演說專家 Gary Collins先生的指導下不斷成長。 Gary老師於2014年榮退後，現今由三位有卓越演講及領導技能的聖蓋博谷國際演講社(San Gabriel Valley Toastmasters Club)成員 Lorrie Briscoe, Brian Hsu及Sandy MacLain老師繼續帶領。
YLP的培訓課程現已融合 Gary 老師及Toastmasters的青少年領導技能訓練的所有技巧及課題。 學員隔週都在特定的課堂聚會培訓，學員有很多機會輪流充當演講人或評論員的角色，每次討論不同主題和時事，讓同學們從演練過程中吸取主持會議、發表個人演說、即興演講、完整演講架構、有效聆聽、以及在演說中如何使用適當的手勢、 語調和詞彙等等的經驗。我們的學生完成學習後將可獲得擁有三十一萬成員、組織遍及一百廿六國的Toastmasters 國際演講社的認證。
此外，YLP 學生也積極服務社區和參與慈善活動，包括每年一度的United Way Homewalk及美國癌症協會的 Relay for Life 募捐活動; 捐贈日用品給無家遊民；前往耆英療養院關注長者，報聖誕佳音，協助長者使用各種新科技產品； 參加 AATFGH 的年度晚會，幫忙推賣彩券募款，並為七百多位賓客表演自創節目助興。 YLP 學員從這些活動中可以接觸到現實中的社會問題，引發他們對人道主義的關注，並提供可以和真實觀眾互動的平臺，讓學員們實習課堂所學及建立自信。
YLP 還有許多健康、安全而有趣的團體活動，如旅行郊遊、 睡衣派對、 看電影、 打保齡球、 烹飪比賽，聖誕餐會和其他學生及家長們共同計劃參與的活動。學生在娛樂中學習生活技巧，解決困難，增長見聞，啟發友誼和團隊合作精神。
YLP 的最終目標是期望每一位學員畢業時都能帶著更多的自信與成長向前邁進。 希望學員們都能在 YLP 的學習過程中獲得許多樂趣，建立和其他學員的終生友誼，具備對社會問題的認知和對人道主義的熱誠，並能擁有人生中極為重要的溝通及領導技能，進一步踏上他們新的人生旅程去追求高等教育或發展其他個人興趣，實踐自己的抱負，成為未來的領導者！
Janis Yao (626)590-2187
Sylvia Li (626)497-6419
The Alumni Association of Taipei First Girls High School (AATFGH) is based in Southern California. It was founded in 1985 by a group of accomplished alumni from that top Taiwanese all-girls high school. The association gives back to its Southern California communities in many ways, including its continuous sponsorship of the Youth Leadership Program ("YLP") which was established in 1993 by an alumnus, Ms. Min Chang.
YLP is a non-profit educational organization. It is run entirely by volunteer parents, with a mission to help our younger generations (ranging in age from 13 to 18) develop their communication, social and leadership skills through classroom discussions, exercises and participation in actual community services and humanitarian activities. YLP students meet once every two weeks on Sundays for communication trainings and participate in various community services throughout the year. During the last 21 years, YLP class meetings were under the dedicated leadership of Mr. Gary Collins, a communication expert who were frequently consulted by corporate executives on public speaking matters. Since Gary's retirement in 2014, YLP has been under the leadership of three distinguished and high ranking members of the San Gabriel Toastmasters Club — Ms Lorrie Briscoe, Mr. Brian Hsu and Ms. Sandy MacLain.
Current YLP class meetings continue Gary's legacy, and fully incorporate the Toastmasters Youth Leadership Program curriculum. YLP students can now be officially certified for leadership achievements with the same level of worldwide recognition as the 313,000 Toastmasters International members in 126 countries around the globe. During class meetings throughout the year, YLP students partake alternately in speaker and evaluator roles, covering a wide variety of topics and current events, acquiring practical group meeting and individual presentation experiences in the process, while developing the skills of chairmanship, impromptu speaking, speech organization, effective listening, using proper gesture, voice and vocabulary, etc.
YLP students also actively participate in community services and charitable activities, including involvement in the annual United Way Homewalk and/or the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life fundraisers; visiting senior nursing homes to talk and sing to senior citizens, taught and help senior citizens deal with and use new technologies; making and donating welcome home kits for Skid Row residents; performing before an audience of more than 800 guests at the AATFGH annual ball as well as other community festivities and cultural celebration events from time to time. These activities expose our students to societal issues and involvement to give them a broader perspective of life, spark humanitarian interests, and offer real-life platforms in which to practice what they learn from class and build confidence by frequent interaction with large audiences.
In addition, YLP students have plenty of fun learning about interpersonal relationship, teamwork, problem solving, and other life skills through group activities frome time to time (e.g., outings, sleepover parties, movies, bowling, cooking competitions, Christmas gift exchange, etc. as determined by students and approved by parents) all within a safe and age-appropriate YLP environment.
It is the ultimate goal of YLP that, upon graduation of our program, each student will emerge with greater self-confidence and personal growth. All would have had a lot of fun and better equipped with the critical communication and leadership skills; developed a life-long friendship with their YLP peers, a stronger awareness of societal issues and a greater humanitarian interest, before embarking on their higher education journey or pursuing other personal interests, and becoming future leaders of whatever their personal aspirations and potential take them!
Janis Yao (626)590-2187
Sylvia Li (626)497-6419