Stand & Deliver — Helping Young Adults Achieve Dreams

Nicole Thompson, a graduate of the Stand & Deliver program, moved the New Jersey National Speakers Association Chapter with her poem entitled “Newark”. “Newark is the taste of burnt hot dogs and sweet lemonade on a sunny day,” Nicole began. “It is the sound of screaming babies, being carried by babies, on the way to the welfare line.”

Nicole addressed the New Jersey National Speakers Association (NSA-NJ) chapter December meeting, demonstrating the powerful speaking and writing skills that she developed as a participant in the Stand & Deliver program.

“Her presentation touched each of us, stealing our hearts, inspiring our spirit, and bringing us to our feet for a standing ovation!” said Lorrette Prudent, NSA-NJ Chapter President.

The NSA-NJ Board of Directors announced that they are working to raise $1,500 for a NSA-NJ Stand & Deliver Scholarship Fund that will be awarded at the May 10, 2011  Night of Eloquence celebrating the honorees of the program.

If you’d like to make a tax deductible donation to the NSA-NJ Stand & Deliver Scholarship Fund visit:

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About Stand & Deliver:
Steve Adulator’s Stand & Deliver (, was created in 2000 to improve the leadership and communication skills of Newark-area youth through weekly workshops. Stand & Deliver focuses on social communication, the value of public speaking, and the connection between effective communication and leadership.

Now entering its 11th year Stand & Deliver has grown to 25 locations across New Jersey. With over 600 students each year, the program allows more young adults to achieve their dreams and prepares them for the next phase of their lives.


About NSA-NJ:
NSA-NJ is the New Jersey Chapter of the National Speakers Association (NSA). NSA-NJ is dedicated to advancing the art and value of experts who speak professionally. For more information, visit

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