Voice is a unique public speaking competition for students in Years 7-10. Voice invites you to solve issues that affect your community, nation, and the world. From homelessness to climate change, we want to hear you pitch your big ideas.

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.

Registrations for Voice are Now Open. https://unyouth.wufoo.com/forms/act-evatt-voice-delegate-registration-2021?fbclid=IwAR3UVb7N7OKiMxAoQKqNKk6zrU2iQJDOo5zYsTtu3LYNcKmwUpzXnNQ-nlE

To register, both you and your partner need to fill out the registration form separately.

Preferably, you and your partner will be from the same school and in the same grade. But this is not a requirement.

The dates for the competition are 30 August – 12 September with Semis on 26th September and Grand Finals 3rd October

Interested, but want to know more?

For any questions email our Operations Director

You can also reach out to the Evatt Convenors Neha Kalele and Lachlan Houen at neha.kalele@unyouth.org.au and lachlan.houen@unyouth.org.au

The Format

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

The Pitch
Juniors (Years 7-8): 4-minute prepared speech

Seniors (Years 9-10): 5-minute prepared speech

Participants are to outline their solution for the provided topic in as much detail as they deem necessary. Their responses will be assessed in accordance with the criteria outlined below. Participants may not use supportive materials to assist in their Pitch. This includes, but is not limited to, maps, charts, graphs, timelines, or presentations of any form.

Judges will not interact with the participants during their Pitch.

Question Time
All participants: 2-minute response

Participants are to answer two questions posed by the judging panel in regard to their solutions. Their responses will be assessed in regard to both the general criteria, as well as the additional criteria below.

Judges may ask any and all questions pertaining to the substance of the proposal as outlined in the sub-sections of the Matter judging criteria. Questions will only be directed towards the proposed solution, but may include aspects the participant has not touched upon.

Participants may ask for clarification regarding a question, however may not enquire as to the validity, completeness, or relevance of their responses.

Participants may choose not to answer a question; however this is not viewed favourably. Brevity and concise responses are viewed favourably. Responses to questions will also be reviewed in regards to the following criteria:

– Comprehensiveness of the response to the question
– Addition of new information
– Evidence of a strong level of research/knowledge
– Justification of response
– Succinctness and brevity of response

Both the Pitch and Question Time are taken into account for the judging process. The three core areas that are judged in a participant’s speech in both The Pitch and Question Time are, in order of importance: Matter, Manner, and Method.

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