The Friends of Guest House Speakers Bureau was established in 2008. It deploys Guest House clients as speakers throughout Northern Virginia. Almost all have completed our core programs. In addition, they have been professionally trained in public speaking. Guest House speakers tell their stories to audiences ranging from graduate social work programs to schools and other facilities for at-risk youth. Our clients advocate as well.
To schedule a speaker, contact Friends of Guest House at 703-549-8072 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Speakers Bureau grew from our clients' desire to give back to the community:
> To help others cope without turning to crime
> To help educate students, be they candidates for social work degrees or adolescents at high risk of dropping out
> To help the wider community understand their challenges, thus paving a better way for the women who come behind them
> To help advocate, as responsible citizens, for an improved criminal justice system.
Since it began, the Guest House Speakers Bureau has become increasingly popular among clients and audiences alike.
We estimate that our speakers have reached several thousand people. To date, they have addressed:
> Fifth and sixth graders in the A Space of Her Own program (Alexandria Youth Court Services)
> Gonzaga College High School students
> George Mason University, Department for Social Work students
> Alexandria Seaport Foundation
> Facilitating Leadership in Youth groups
> Alexandria Juvenile Court System groups
> Other service organizations and churches
> Our clients were among the opening speakers at the 2008 National Nonprofit Congress (audience of 800 people).
> At the 2008 Catalogue for Philanthropy award ceremony, Guest House clients spoke before an audience of 400 people.
> Our speakers have visited lawmakers in Richmond to advocate for women prisoners and ex-offenders.
> In June 2010, we made a presentation at Senator James Webb's office on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
> On Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday, 2016, we spoke to members of the Virginia legislature in Richmond.
(July 26, 2016)