Spanish-speaking volunteers are needed to lead Toastmasters programs at the North Central Correctional Institution in Gardner and Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center and Shirley Medium MCI in Shirley.

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 mentor prison Toastmasters programs under staff supervision. Inmates learn skills to prepare for reentry such as public-speaking, leadership, critical-thinking and teamwork.

Volunteers must pass a criminal background check, attend a two-hour volunteer training by the Department of Corrections and learn the Toastmasters program.

For more information, contact Susan.tordella@, 978-772-3930.

Visit to learn about Toastmasters programs at 14 correctional institutions in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Massachusetts is a national leader for prison Toastmasters programs.

Founded in 1924 in a California YMCA, some 280,000 Toastmasters belong to 13,500 clubs in 116 countries today. For information or to find a nearby Toastmasters club, go to