Volunteers are needed on Wednesday and Thursday nights for Toastmasters programs at the North Central Correctional Institution in Gardner and Souza Baranowski Correctional Institute in Shirley. People new to Toastmasters are encouraged to join our volunteer team.

Volunteers with conversational Spanish ability are needed to mentor Latino Toastmasters programs on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Incarcerated people learn skills to prepare for reentry such as public speaking, leadership, critical thinking and teamwork. Toastmasters is an international self-help movement that empowers people through public speaking, teamwork, leadership and personal growth using prepared and extemporaneous speeches and evaluations.

Volunteers must pass a criminal background check and are asked to commit to mentoring at least one Wednesday night a month. Training is provided by the Department of Corrections and by participating in the Toastmasters programs at the institutions.

For information on programs at 12 correctional institutions in Massachusetts, visit www.d31toastmastersprison.wikispaces.com. Massachusetts is an international leader for Toastmasters programs for incarcerated people. Volunteers who are willing to make a commitment and enjoy public speaking can contact susan.tordella@gmail.com, 978-772-3930.

Founded in 1924 in a California YMCA, nearly 300,000 Toastmasters belong to 13,500 clubs in 122 countries. For information and to find a nearby public Toastmasters club, go to toastmasters.org.