“Flexible-Added-Support-Training”course (8-16 weeks)

Designed by communications instructor Michael Gold, specifically for disadvantaged youth (struggling with poverty, substance abuse and trauma, etc) ages 11-25 in the greater San Diego area, this interactive and facilitated program runs 2hr/week over the course of 8-16 weeks and features an intensive communications curriculum.

FASTcourse is built on a unique foundation:

1) METHOD: “The Rundown” is a teaching method based on TV production that flows seamlessly through rigidly timed hands-on exercises focused on interpersonal communication components of public speaking, body language, listening, evaluations, the art of questions, getting out of the comfort zone, and ultimately self confidence. Each rundown starts with a four-step instruction execution plan, a) Concept: specific skill to be addressed, b) “Buy in”: a compelling introduction that drives home the skill point, c) Practice: hands-on exercise that allows the students to do the skills, d) Inspiration: personal stories of life-changing experiences and overcoming obstacles are sprinkled throughout the course. 2) INSERTION: Communications specialists teach in existing classrooms on regular intervals.

  • Flexible – Designed to change according to the amount of students in a class, the dynamics of behavior in a particular class or the needs of school/scheduling.
  • Added – The communication skill development training is added value to the existing class/after school program.
  • Support – The curriculum matches elements of school mission statements.
  • Training – Instills hands-on experience in skill concepts with minimal lectures.



-Uses a dynamic time format similar to the way TV news producers build a newscast combined with hands-on interpersonal communication skills components that mirror college-level curriculum. The curriculum of engaging classroom exercises include getting beyond the comfort zone, pronunciation clarity, voice projection, public speaking, the art of questions, active listening, understanding nonverbal body language, critical thinking through evaluating others’ work, and expanding vocabulary. Student outcomes are interpersonal competence in any communication environment and individual self confidence.


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