Rostrum's Student Development Program for Secondary School Students

Rostrum has organised the Voice of Youth speaking competition since 1975 to contribute to the welfare and personal growth of Australian youth.

Pictures from the 2016 Rostrum Voice of Youth National Final

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Juniors

Competition Details

The competition is divided into Junior and Senior Divisions.  Junior students must be at least 11 and in years 7,8 or 9 as at 1st January.  Senior students must be under 18 years of age and in years 10, 11 or 12 at 1st January.

Seniors speak for eight minutes and Juniors for six minutes.

Participants prepare and present a speech on one of the set topics. 

You start at State Level

Each state runs its own set of heats and finals. Competition dates and entry requirements vary from state to state - refer to your state information page for more detail. Entry and heat information is provided by the state Voice of Youth co-ordinator.

Eligibility

The Competition is open to Secondary School Students who meet the age requirements and is conducted in Senior and Junior divisions. Many schools conduct their own competitions to determine the students who will enter the Rostrum event.

Resources

The following resources are provided for all competitors.

National Finals 

The 2017 National Final will be held in Brisbane on July 29th. 

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2016 finalists visited the MCG

Winners from each of the states meet for the national finals with a new prepared speech and an impromptu speech of 3 minutes.

Students and schools should contact their state coordinator for general enquiries.

The national coordinator for Voice of Youth in 2017 is Jenny Fraser. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for sponsorship enquiries or regarding national information about the program and competition. Contact your own state contact for your state competition information.

Sponsors

The Development Program is funded by sponsors from Government and Business.

Various sponsors support the program in each state and also the national final.

GRA Australia CMYK C T HR

The Rostrum Voice of Youth National Final is generously sponsored by Greyhound Australia

Organisation

Rostrum members organise the competition nation-wide and are active in the roles of adjudicators and timekeepers. They also chair the various meetings at which heats and finals are conducted. Because of the high and increasing number of entries, Rostrum seeks and receives assistance from many other community organisations in the conduct of the competition in those regions in which Rostrum does not have sufficient representation.

Voice of Youth Honour Roll

Finalists are entered in the Honour Roll.

Apply to join the Rostrum Voice of Youth facebook group - the group name is RVOY Past and Present - and follow Rostrum Voice of Youth on Facebook.

Winners from each of the states meet for the national finals with a new prepared speech and an impromptu speech of 3 minutes.

Students and schools should contact their state coordinator for general enquiries.

The national coordinator for Voice of Youth in 2015 / 2016 is Jenny Fraser. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for sponsorship enquiries or regarding national information about the program and competition. Contact your own state contact for your state competition information.

RVOY: Past and Present

Take note

Competitors must use their own, original content. Reference to other texts or direct quotation is allowed, but any speech must be substantially the work of the speaker.  If plagiarism is suspected, a competitor may be automatically disqualified from the competition.

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