Express Yourself

Express Yourself - Public Speaking and Art Workshops and Competitions

Who are we?

Ekal Helping Hands is Ekal's youth team from Bloomington-Normal, Illinois. In addition to supporting Ekal's efforts, we've worked to impact our local community. This campaign is our way to do both of those things! We understand how Covid-19 has changed the lives of students worldwide, and we wanted to address this issue by supporting students in the Bloomington-Normal community with school supplies and EKAL schools in rural areas of India.

As a youth team, our slogan is "Youth for Youth", and our campaign, Express Yourself, encourages just that! We hope to show youth that they can use their voices, skills, and talents to make a difference through public speaking and art. We are so grateful for your contribution as you support our team, youth in the Bloomington-Normal community, and EKAL schools!

Target Audience:

Public Speaking: Grade Levels 3rd-8th

Art: Grade Levels K-8th

Course Curriculum:

Public Speaking:

Learn integral communication skills from a diverse group of public speakers including National Speech and Debate Tournament Qualifiers, an Illinois IHSA State Speech Finalist, and a Toastmasters Certified public speaker.

  • Basic public speaking knowledge
  • Learn how to effectively organize a speech
  • Utilize proper body language
  • Incorporate humor into your speech
  • And more!

Teachers for Grades 6-8:

  • Grace Alcozar
  • Jen Ho
  • Natalie Maloy
  • Mantra Dave
  • Shri Narayan Chandak

Teachers for Grades 3-5

  • Avani Rai
  • Satvika Boyina


Foster creativity by learning various styles of art from accomplished artists in the Bloomington-Normal community!

  • Madhubani Pen and Watercolor
  • Landscape Art
  • Gond Acrylic Painting
  • Recreating a Masterpiece
  • Mandala Art


  • Anisha Amaravadi
  • Isha Gollapudi
  • Swati Sreejith

Both courses will culminate in a in-person competition where students will be able to "Express Themselves" and showcase what they've learned with the opportunity to gain feedback and win prizes!

To learn more about our teachers and classes, visit our FAQ website:

Would you like to support us in another way? Donations are welcome at this link:! The link to donate can also be found on our FAQ website.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions or concerns, email our team at or DM us on Instagram at ekalyouthvolunteers



The Event

Sunday, August 01, 2021 - Sunday, August 15, 2021
3:00pm - 4:00pm
, United States
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Special Notes

Name of the Youth Tutor - Ekal Helping Hands and Local Public Speakers and Artists
Workshop dates and time -
Public Speaking: August 1, 2021 to August 14, 2021 from 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM CST on Mondays and Thursdays.
Art: July 28, 2021 to August 14, 2021 from 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM CST on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Registration ends on July 27, 2021
Course Fee: $20 USD per student for one workshop; $35 USD per student for both workshops

Our team

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