The thrust of Toastmasters is to develop effective Communicators and Leaders. What better way than to catch them young? The Youth Leadership Program, through Gavel clubs, is a profound initiative to get those under 18 on board, considering the minimum age requirement of 18 to join Toastmasters International. In Division Z, Zimbabwe, the Gavel Club concept has been adopted mainly by High Schools. Due to Covid-19 pupils have been attending school online from home. It was a blessing in
disguise as virtual meetings allow for Gavel Clubs from different parts of the world to have joint meetings and collaborate. Peterhouse Gavel Club in Zimbabwe and Speak Up Gavel Club in Canada were the first to have a joint meeting between Division Z and other countries. Looking forward to this being the first and more collaborations taking place between Gavel Clubs from various parts of the world.