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Coaching programme & global platform for young people without reliable online connectivity but a voice & message the world needs to hear.

XtalksWORLDlistens

Mzuzu, Malawi
Global platform and coaching programme for young people with poor online connectivity, but unique first-hand experiences the world could learn from. We find and showcase the untapped wisdom of teens in digitally harder to reach places. We coach them to hone their skills of communicating to a global audience with confidence and authenticity to supporters in 50+ countries.
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XtalksWORLDlistens

Alex Bell - Co-founder XtalksWORLDlistens
“We believe every young person, no matter where they live, has an interesting story to tell the rest of the world. Wouldn't it be amazing if we could hear them all?”

Alex Bell - Co-founder XtalksWORLDlistens

What we do?

We share a free of charge programme for schools and community youth groups in under represented communities in Africa and Asia to coach teens to tell their story – about the topics most important to them –  to camera and a live local audience for 5 to 7 minutes. 

We then share these around the world, on a secure platform, for others to watch and reply to, starting conversations across continents and cultures. We give these under-represented  young people a voice on the global stage. And we give the rest of the world their untapped wisdom. 

Why we do it?

We believe every young person, no matter where they live, has an interesting story to tell the rest of the world. Yes, it’s going to be quite a challenge to get those young voices heard across the digital divide from absolutely everywhere around the globe, but with the help of the HundrED community,  it’s not impossible… 

In 2017 in Northern Malawi, we started as MZUZUtalksWORLDlistens - a short, easy to implement coaching programme that helps young people find their voice and gives them a safe platform to a global online audience.  

Since then, we’ve expanded to other communities in Malawi, India, Sierra Leone and Vietnam and we’ve become XtalksWORLDlistens. We know the programme works in a wide variety of settings around the world, because the people who’ve tried it, tell us. "A truly outstanding and visionary  programme" Anna Msowoya-Keys

We also know that the young people who have been through our programme get huge boosts in confidence, in self-esteem and in making a difference to the world. We also know, because they tell us. "I know I'm a brave person. I just needed this push to prove it" Rachel, MZUZUtalks alumni

And, we know these young people become role models for others in their community, because after sitting in the audience of these talks, we have a waiting list of more young people wanting to join the programme and trying out their own talks themselves. 

And, for sure, we know what a profound effect these stories have on our listeners around the world. 

"Your stories are powerful. We hear you! Keep talking" Warren Murray - Editor, Guardian Briefing, Australia

"Truly moving. Your passion, skill & courage is an inspiration" Eric Liddell, Director QTS, UK 

"One of our teachers was almost in tears, she wants to work in your school" P Craven, Mongolia

"Wonderful! Good kids. SO good" B Devine, China 

"Dear Charity, Hey there! Yesterday our teacher showed us your Mzuzu speeches. I was really impressed with your speech and how you and everyone could take action to make a change. Your speech was awesome! It's so interesting to see students from other countries be really passionate about the politics and sociology of their country. I certainly hope you make a huge impact on your country as you continue to inspire others, like me, to take action!"  Nicolai - student USA

Our programme was written and developed by an award winning team of educators in England and Malawi and our promotional film made by an award-winning former CNN film-maker. 

 However, the whole project has been designed to run from start to finish in 6 hours over four days by youth leaders and young people themselves, using an easy to follow set of materials. This includes clear guidance for the young people to independently film the talks for themselves on basic equipment. All they need are two camera phones and one access point to the internet, no matter how slow or unreliable.  

 We won’t stop, until we’ve given every young person the chance to put their X, their story and their part of the world on the map…and everyone else around the world their chance to listen to this untapped wisdom.  

Our talks have been heard in 50 countries, so far. Voices emboldened by every listen, every response and every message the speakers get back, from around the world. 

 

 

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Innovation Overview
13 - 18
Age Group
1 650
Children/Users
4
Countries
2017
Established
Not-for-profit
Organisation
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Tips for implementation
All materials are free of charge, easy to download and run as a six hour programme over four days. Two youth leaders, teachers or older teens will have all they need to coach a group of 6 or more to give confident, authentic talks and to film them.
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Anna Msowoya-Keys
Alex  Bell
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01
Choose who you are
Immerse yourself in our materials and learn the six key elements of an effective, authentic talk that the world will love listening to. (Minimum one hour)
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Use your passion to find the talk within you
Use our tools to remove the filters and barriers to choosing what you talk about. Everyone has a story to tell the world. We'll help you choose the right one. (Minimum one hour)
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03
Define & refine the top 10 things you want to tell the world
Use our simple to follow tools for refining and defining the key messages of your talk (Minimum one hour)
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04
Know, feel & do
Use our techniques to define your call to action for your global audience. What do you want them to know, feel and do after hearing your talk? (Minimum one hour)
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05
Getting the details right
We give you tips to ensure you've got the right details in your talk and you've left out all the wrong ones. We give you the six best ways to engage your audience and make them care. (Minimum one hour)
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The world wants to listen to you
This stage prepares anyone who has never spoken to a large audience before, to be authentic, to believe in their message and feel ready to share it on camera for the world to hear. (Minimum one hour session)
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