H O P  S P E E C H : the power of a voice 

T H E    T E A M

AALAYA WUDARU

Aalaya Wudaru, a co-founder of Hop Speech is currently a rising senior at Mission San Jose High in Fremont, CA. She started speech in her freshman year, joining the MSJ Speech team. She will serve as the Executive Vice President of MSJ Speech and Debate in the 2019-2020 season. She previously was the Hopkins (middle-school) Captain, and coached various speech events. She placed 6th at the Stanford National Invitational and has finaled and placed at league tournaments. Aalaya co- founded Hop Speech because she wants to spread her love of communication and loves working with kids. In the future, Aalaya hopes to go to med-school and work with kids for a living. Outside of school, she loves playing basketball, drawing, and painting!

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ROHINI SINGH

Rohini Singh, a co-founder of Hop Speech, is a rising senior at Mission San Jose High in Fremont, CA. She is the current Vice President of MSJ Speech Team and previous Platform Captain. Individually, she has championed and finaled at CFL tournaments, placed 2nd at the Stanford National Invitational, qualified to the 2019 State Tournament (currently top 30 in the state), and is ranked 2nd in the Bay Area by the annual Rotary Youth Speech Contest. As a passionate speaker, Rohini co-founded Hop Speech to spread the power of a voice to elementary and middle school students. She aspires to hone her love of science by pursuing a career in Bioengineering. In her free time, you can catch her at Philz Coffee, Rasputin Music, or playing with her lovable guinea pigs!  

O U R  M I S S I O N

Hop Speech stemmed from a love of communication. More so than ever before, thanks to today’s social climate, the younger generation needs to be fluent in the art of speaking. Our organization was created by two creative teenagers in California who are part of their high school speech team and have placed at numerous tournaments. Hop speech helps children take their first steps in the direction of fixing the world through words and not war, aspiring to introduce children to speech and debate concepts that serve as the foundation of their future. Our goal is to introduce these children to the world that will soon be theirs一to allow them to express themselves uniquely.

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20 1-hr sessions

75

75 children all across the bay area

10+

Over 10 MSJ Students involved 

T E S T I M O N I A L S 

RAJDEEP KAUR SINGH 

facebook supporter

"Speech and debating skills, for kids, taught by kids, in a fun, exploratory way. What better way to learn?!"

February 2019 

VICKY CHEN

parent

"I kept hearing about this from Jade. She enjoyed it a lot and loves debating now! You guys have done an awesome job on this!"

                                                                                                                           December 2017

OAKLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY

"Thank you so much for today, you guys did great! We'd love to have you back soon.

                                                                                                                                    October 2019

G A L L E R Y

Hop Speech @ Mission Valley Elementary 

Hop Speech ran at Mission Valley Elementary from October 2017- December 2017

Speech (4 weeks)

-Shakespeare Literature: pass out seemingly random sentences in Shakespearean language, and the kids had to stand up and exclaim the words

-Mock Interview Game: for a professional candy taste tester, where we graded them on their answers, poise and public speaking skills

-"Hot Air Balloon" activity: each student had to choose a famous celebrity to save, and had to give an impromptu speech on why

-Final Project: speech they wrote and practiced on any topic of their choosing

 

Debate (4 weeks)

For our four weeks of debate, we focused on debate structure and split students into groups of 5. They were each given roles and worked together to form a PRO/CON case. Simultaneously, we worked on argumentative speech skills through impromptu debate games with no evidence, where Hop Speech students would argue about topics like Which Came First: the Chicken or the Egg? 

 

Hop Speech @ Fremont Main Library

Speech (Day 1):

-GIFs: allow the kids to guess what was wrong with the speaker. These concepts would serve as the basis of good speeches they would practice later in the class.

-"Let the Best Tower Win!": We split the class into 5 groups of 4 people each. Each group was given 30 popsicle sticks, tape, and 3 secret items from a box. hey had 15 minutes to build their dream house- the catch was each secret item had to have been placed for a purpose. They used the next 10 min to discuss and formalize their presentation, each speaker presenting why their building was the best and how they used their secret items in front of the rest of the class.

-Mock Interview: for a professional candy taste tester, where we graded them on their answers, poise and public speaking skills

-Circle Game: where students would pick 3 unrelated words from a hat and create a story on the spot relating those words.

Debate (Day 2): 

-Crime Scene: To set our scene, we created two suspects (each with an equal amount of evidence for each suspect- the purpose of this wasn't necessarily for one team to "win" or be right, but rather to assess strong and clear arguments they could use for future debate skills.) We split the class into two large teams, where they had 10 minutes to hunt for clues around the room- where red denoted a clue for one suspect and blue for the other suspect. The next 20 minutes were used for collaboration- logically planning out their arguments and assigning members of their team to speak different arguments, following a basic debate structure. 

-Group Debates: We split them into groups of 4 each and allowed them to pick topics to debate on for their next activity. Topics included should the penny be removed from US currency? Should uniforms be mandatory? Should tablets be allowed in school? 

Hop Speech @ Newark Main Library

Speech (Weeks 1&2): 

-GIFs: allow the kids to guess what was wrong with the speaker. These concepts would serve as the basis of good speeches they would practice later in the class.

-"Architect for a Day": We split the class into 4 groups of 4 people each. Each group was given 20 popsicle sticks, tape, and 3 secret items from a box. They had 15 minutes to build their dream house- the catch was each secret item had to have been placed for a purpose. The name of this game was to sell a building that was both practical and stylish at the same time. This activity incorporated STEM through engineering.

-Mock Interview: one lucky student would receive a fun, well paid job based on their ability to speak on the spot

-Story Marathon: you pick 1-3 words from a bag and must string together a story with your peers

 

Debate (Weeks 3&4): 

-Investigative Lawyers: To set our scene, we created two suspects (each with an equal amount of evidence for each suspect- the purpose of this wasn't necessarily for one team to "win" or be right, but rather to assess strong and clear arguments they could use for future debate skills.) In the spirit of Easter, everyone had 5 minutes to find as many eggs filled with evidence as they could. They were then assigned to one of two defense teams (1 for each client). The next 20 minutes were used for collaboration- logically planning out their arguments and assigning members of their team to speak different arguments, following a basic debate structure. The judge would then issue a verdict. This activity helped explore various career paths and how public speaking is important in all of them.

-Group Debates: We split them into groups of 4 each and allowed them to pick topics to debate on for their next activity. Topics included Is Technology more harmful or helpful? and Are Uniforms Useful?

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