YouthSpeak 2017


OC Human Relations’ annual YouthSpeak Speech Contest is a county-wide search for the top human relations speech written by an 8th-12th grade student.


This Year’s Contest Theme

#HateFreeOC is an education and awareness campaign to create and cultivate a hate-free Orange County and bring diverse communities together to promote a respectful, peaceful, and inclusive community for all to thrive.

What is your vision of a #HateFreeOC and what have you done or will you do to create a #HateFreeOC?


Why you should enter:

  • The winner will receive a $500 cash scholarship and will present her/his speech at the OC Human Relations
  • AWARDS 46 Dinner on May 4, and 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 2017 Walk In My Shoes youth conference.
  • The three finalists’ speeches will be featured on OC Human Relations’ website.
  • Looks great on college applications!

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.
  • The Speech should be about Your vision of a #HateFreeOC and what have you done or will you do to create a #HateFreeOC.
  • 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 10th, 2017.
  • The three finalists must deliver their speech on April 6, 2017 at an OC Human Relations evening reception, where the winner will be selected.

Enter the 2017 Contest – Deadline March 10, 9am!

Click here to download the Application


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Julie Vue
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