Youth Speaks 2019-20

District Final 2018-19 Winning Teams & Individuals

Rotary District 1190 - Youth Speaks 2019-2020

Please note that this year’s ‘Youth Speaks Competition’ 2019/2020 will follow the
same format as previous years. RGBI have changed this Competition at National level.
As a result no Club or School in our District 1190, must not use any
information in connection with Youth Speaks from the Rotary GB&I or the RGBI Websites as they
are not talking about ‘Youth Speaks’ but the new National ‘Youth Speaks: A Debate’ Competition.

The ‘Youth Speaks’ Information Pack and Entry Form will be forwarded to all
participating Clubs and Schools or alternatively can be downloaded from this page.

Prior to the Area Competition, schools may hold a preliminary internal competition to produce a promising team or teams for them to enter. Schools should note that the District will be holding a Public Speaking Workshop and an entry form and information can be downloaded here:


The competition is for teams of three students all of whom are in one of two age groups as at August 31st 2019:
  • Intermediate for those aged 11 to 13 years old (typically years 7, 8 and 9)
  • Senior for those aged 14 to 17 years (typically years 10, 11 and 6th form)
The team is encouraged to choose a topic they consider to be current, appropriate and entertaining. Preferably the speaker should feel passionate about it.

Please apply to your local Rotary Club on the relevant entry form which can be downloaded here together with Guidance Notes:

Rules of the Competition

Each team shall comprise:
  1. A Chairperson who has a maximum of two minutes to welcome the audience, introduce the speaker and the topic and inform the audience of the relevance and expertise of the speaker to the subject of his/her speech.
  2. A Speaker who has six minutes for the prepared address and a maximum of two minutes to consider and answer a question that will be posed after the address by a Questioner. The speaker is free to choose any subject approved by the organisers but should steer away from politics, race or religion. When the speaker has finished the address, the chairperson will invite the questioner to put the question and invite the speaker to answer it.
  3. The Proposer of the vote of thanks has two minutes in which to propose the vote of thanks remarking on the content of the address, its presentation and the answer to the question. The audience should then be invited to show their appreciation to the speaker.
After the vote of thanks and the applause, the Chairperson will thank anybody appropriate and close the proceedings. The overall maximum time for each team is 15 minutes.

Judging and prizes

At each level there are prizes for the best chairperson, speaker and proposer as well as best team overall in each age category. All team members will receive a participation certificate at each stage.

Our Rotary Clubs are organising an Area competition (details to be announced) and the winning team at this event in each category will hold a trophy for a year and be entered for the District final covering all of Lancashire and Cumbria to be held on Saturday 8th February 2020 at Windermere School.

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