YouthSpeak Speech Contest 2015

OC Human Relations invites Orange County 8-12 graders to prepare a short, inspirational speech on the theme of what nonviolent practices mean to young people today.

The Benefits:

 The winner will receive a $500 cash scholarship and will present her/his speech at the OC Human Relations AWARDS 44 Dinner on May 7, plus receive two tickets to the event (valued at $525).
 Two runner-ups will receive $250 cash scholarships.
 The winner or finalists will present their speech at the Fall 2015 Walk In My Shoes youth conference.
 The three finalists’ speeches will be featured on OC Human Relations’ web site.

The Rules:

 The competition is open to all OC students in grades 8-12, not related to an OC Human Relations Commissioner, Board member, employee or previous winner.
 Speeches should be about the theme of nonviolence described on this flier.
 The speech must be the original work of the contestant, should be inspirational or motivational and between 300-400 words long.
 A double-spaced, printed version of the speech with entry form must be submitted by 9am, March 16th –or– apply online at
 Three finalists must deliver their speech at an April 2015 OC Human Relations evening reception, where the winner will be selected.

Click here to download a YouthSpeak flyer or here to download an YouthSpeak 2015 entry form.  Deadline: 9am, March 16

For more information contact Don Han at 714-480-6576 or by email at [email protected]

And, be sure to checkout the speeches from previous years by clicking on the YouthSpeak links on the menu to the left.

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