About Voice

How would you solve the problems of today’s world? In UN Youth Voice, choose an issue that matters to you, and tell us how you’d change the world.

UN Youth Voice is a public speaking competition that sees participants from years 7-10 propose solutions to pressing global issues, lobby for their consideration, and defend its validity.

Why compete in Voice?

  • Develop skills in public speaking and research!
  • Hone your ability to think on your feet, assisting you in leadership positions or debating competition in the future.
  • Build an increased knowledge about areas pertinent to you as students.
  • A chance to meet like minded and engaged young people.

How Voice works

Speaking Time
Junior Division (Year 7 and 8): 4 minutes
Senior Division (Year 9 and 10): 5 minutes

Question Time
Junior Division (Year 7 and 8): 2 minutes
Senior Division (Year 9 and 10): 2 minutes

Speech Format
The competition is split into two parts — the Pitch and Question Time.

  1. The Pitch: This is where participants outline a solution to a given world problem. Students may present new solutions to long-standing problems, or new solutions to largely untouched issues. In this section adjudicators will be judging based on participants’ ability to provide tangible solutions rather than just identifying their chosen issue in the abstract.
  2. Question Time: Here participants answer two questions, lasting for approximately one minute each, on the solution they presented in The Pitch by the judging panel.

Round Details

All rounds run for half a day, and both morning and afternoon sessions are available.

Metropolitan Rounds – hosted by Melbourne Law School

  • Friday October 12
  • Saturday October 13
  • Sunday October 14
  • Thursday October 18 (morning only) – hosted by Overnewton Anglican Community College, Keilor

Regional Rounds

Kilmore –  hosted by The Kilmore International School

  • Tuesday October 16

Geelong – hosted by Western Heights College

  • Friday October 19

Information for Teachers

The educational outcomes for students participating in UN Youth Voice are extensive and invaluable. The unique structure of this competition facilitates the development of the following:

  • Critical reasoning and problem solving skills
  • Independent formulation of ideas
  • Self-monitored research habits
  • Innovation and creativity
  • Self-confidence and personal presentation skills
  • Knowledge of current international events

The ability to speak in front of an audience with poise and passion is a crucial skill in the 21st Century not only for education, but also to be successful in the workforce. Thus, UN Youth Voice is a fantastic co-curricular activity to further student learning.

Contact us!

If you have any questions, please send an email to our convenor Nell Crossett at [email protected].

If your school would like to host a round and and registers ten or more students, you’ll be eligible for discounted registration! Contact Nell for more details.