A Generation that Learns to Listen, Reason, and Persuade can Shape the Future


NJO Accolades

In a culturally enriched context, Orators practice speaking and leadership skills with self-confidence.

The New Jersey Orators is recognized as

  • A Points of Light citationist, ranked 51 out of 3,000 national volunteer organizations and recipient of the United States President’s Service Citation

  • One of the “Best Run Volunteer Organization in the Nation” ,The Wall Street Journal, November 2000

  • A recipient of the State of New Jersey Governor's Award

  • Researched by the John F. Kennedy School, Harvard University, and
    winner of the Manhattan Institute Social Entrepreneurship Award, 2002

  • Performed with Archbishop Desmond Tutu at New Jersey Performing Arts Center 2004

  • Feature performers with Julian Bond at statewide public school celebration of Brown v. Board of Education, 2004.

Some original works of Orators have been featured in Highlights for Children

Some newspaper quotes from the many articles that have appeared over the years:

"Public Speaking Group Teaches N.J. Kids to Express Themselves."
Barry Carter/The Star Ledger, May 16, 2010

"New Jersey Orators embodies the qualities of the best sort of philanthropic giving..."
Wall Street Journal, November 6, 2000

"My child once was a shy boy and now we can barely get him to stop talking."
Courier News, May 5, 2000

"Orators' sessions instill confidence."
East Orange Record, October 29, 1998

"Have you ever thought about habits that will help you stay healthy for the rest of your life?" Gelin Ramos, 13 years old.
Star Ledger, March 28, 1999

"The sessions are set up with many exercises to combat fear of speaking before a group."
East Orange Record, October 29, 1998

"Students master Language Arts to speak well!"
Star Ledger, March 28, 1999

"A real live Akeelah and the Bee,"
Wall Street Journal, 2006