District 19 is somewhat unique in that there are Toastmasters clubs in Department of Corrections facilities. These facilities include halfway houses up to prisons. Toastmasters is seen as a factor in reducing the recidivism rate for those that participate in a club by helping them communicate more productively while incarcerated, but also by gaining needed skills for communicating when they are released.
Changing Winds Toastmasters Club at the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility makes it into the news! Read the full article here.
Here is an article on a prison club in Idaho that is similar to Iowa clubs. http://www.eastidahonews.com/2016/07/female-inmates-drastically-improve-speech-program/
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If you are interested in helping with a current District 19 Department of Corrections facility club, helping start a new one, or would just be interested in more information, please contact Don Wadleigh, District 19 Prison Club Committee Chair, at any of the following: