UN Youth NSW Voice Competition
Registrations for 2023 have now closed.
Voice is a unique public speaking competition running throughout October that invites New South Wales high school students from Years 7-10 to solve real issues that affect our community, our country and our world. Whatever the issue may be, we want to hear you pitch your big ideas. Voice asks students to think outside the box and put their design thinking skills to the test in order to develop innovative and creative, yet feasible, solutions to real-world problems.
How does Voice work in New South Wales?
The competition is split into two parts — the Pitch and Question Time.
This is the portion of the competition where participants deliver a prepared speech on one of the topics provided on the topic list. This speech will outline the participant’s original solution to the given world problem contained in the topic they have selected. Students may present new solutions to long-standing problems or new solutions to largely untouched issues. In this section the judging panel will be assessing the ability of participants ability to provide tangible and innovative solutions to the problem at hand, rather than just identifying their chosen issue in the abstract and delivering a call to action.
In this portion of the competition, participants will answer two impromptu (unseen) questions asked by the Judging Panel, lasting for approximately one minute each, on the solution they presented in The Pitch.
Junior Division (Year 7 and 8): 4 minutes
Senior Division (Year 9 and 10): 5 minutes
Junior Division (Year 7 and 8): 1 minute preparation, 2 minutes speaking time
Senior Division (Year 9 and 10): 1 minute preparation, 2 minutes speaking time
UN Youth provides a list of set topics that students must select from. Students choose one topic and deliver one prepared speech on that topic. The list of set topics is the same in the Junior Division and the Senior Division. Registrations for each round will remain open until the day before each round takes place. UN Youth NSW highly recommends that students register as soon as they can to ensure that they have the full four (4) weeks to prepare their speech.
Please note that you only need to deliver a speech on one (1) of the topics from the topic list. These Sample Topics from 2016 will provide you with some information on the types of questions Voice asks students to grapple with.
Question Time Preliminary Round Dates & Times
The preliminary rounds of the Voice competition will be in Term 4 from Monday, October 16 to Friday, November 3rd. They are located at various high schools across the state. The Convenor has aimed to host rounds in as many regions of New South Wales as possible. Students need to attend only one preliminary round.
- Monday 16th October, James Ruse Agricultural High School, 9am-11:30pm
- Tuesday, 17th October, Normanhurst Boys High School, 9am-11:30am
- Friday, 20 October, Pymble Ladies College, 9am-11:30am
- Saturday, 21 October, University of Technology Sydney, 9:30am-12pm
- Friday, 27 October Western Sydney University 9:00am-12:30pm
- Saturday 28th October, University of Technology Sydney, 9:30am-12pm
- Monday, 30th October, Presbytarian Ladies College Sydney, 12pm-3pm
- Tuesday, 31st October, North Sydney Girls High School, 9am-11:30am
- Friday, 3rd November, Merewether High School, Newcastle, 9am-11:30am
Why compete in Voice?
- Develop skills in public speaking, critical thinking, design thinking and research
- Hone your ability to think on your feet, assisting you in leadership positions and debating
- Build an increased knowledge about areas pertinent to you as students and citizens of the world
- A chance to meet likeminded and engaged young people who share a passion for our world
Need more details?
If you have any questions, please contact our 2023 NSW Voice Convenor, Anirudh Sastry, at firstname.lastname@example.org.