Rostrum Voice of Youth is an extension of our Rostrum Promise encouraging the next generation of speakers. Rostrum members in Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and NSW have taken up that challenge and hundreds of students in those zones are preparing to have their voices heard. Their efforts will culminate in the National Final in Adelaide in July.


The 2019 National Winner, Chantal Duffy wrote:
Entering Rostrum Voice of Youth was the single best decision I made during my schooling. The dedicated adjudicators, volunteers, and Rostrum members were always so supportive and kind… I would love to help out with VOY. The program was such a fundamental part of my development over my senior schooling, and I would love to give back in any way that I can.

For those who believe in the value of service, RVOY is our way of helping the youth of today – the adults of tomorrow – be more articulate. That is the best reason to want to support RVOY.

For those who need more reasons to support RVOY, the question may remain… How can Rostrum members benefit?

CHANTEL image001Brainstorm ideas in your clubs and capitalise on RVOY to promote your Rostrum Club.

  • • Showcase the skills of your members as chairman, adjudicators and mentors.
  • • Set up a Rostrum booth and hand out Rostrum brochures. Advertise the benefits of your club so guests want to attend.
  • • Highlight the Frontiers program to help attract more members.
  • • Invite the parents/students to a meeting… arrange a radio interview with the winners so they can promote Rostrum.
  • • Involve past participants… train them as chairman, timekeepers and adjudicators. Like Chantal, they are keen to give back.
  • • Use public speaking training in schools for RVOY as a means of outreach
  • • Connect with Rostrum members in your zone and across the country.

Invest and empower the next generation – support Rostrum Voice of Youth and share the benefits we have received from Rostrum to allow students to have their say.

Fmn Jenny Fraser


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