City of Swan opens registrations for annual Youth Out Loud competition


City of Swan councillor and former Youth Out Loud winner Adam Kovalevs.Picture: David Baylis
City of Swan councillor and former Youth Out Loud winner Adam Kovalevs.Picture: David Baylis

CITY of Swan has opened registrations for the annual public speaking competition Youth Out Loud.

The contest is open to people aged 7 to 25 who live, work, attend school or belong to a club in the City of Swan.

Each year the competition has a theme; this year instability, with contestants to be asked to discuss what in their life makes them feel stable and unstable.

Mayor Mick Wainwright said he was a strong supporter of the event.

“Youth Out Loud gives young people in our community the opportunity to discuss issues affecting them and bring them to the forefront,” he said.

“Past speakers have made a real impact and have even had some of their ideas put into action by the City’s youth leadership group, Youth Power.”

The competition will be divided into four age categories and separated into heats, which will take place throughout August and September.

Ballajura ward councillor and former competition winner Adam Kovalevs said Youth Out Loud was a great platform for young people to advocate directly to decision makers.

“The contest is a forum for young people to step up and have their voices and opinions heard, regardless of their academic, social or educational status,” he said.

“The range of topics contestants can speak about is just as diverse, ranging from social media to the community or event their own personal relationships ;as long as it can be linked back to the theme.”

The local Toastmasters Public Speaking clubs will also be holding training workshops to provide advice on how to prepare and deliver winning speeches.

Registrations for Youth Out Loud close July 28.

To enter the competition or for more information visit www.swan.wa.gov.au/youthoutloud.