Youth Speaks

District 1040 Youth Speaks Competition

                                  Youth Speaks Project Officer                                 

             Geoff Bartrum 

                                         (Important attachments at the bottom of the page)

Rotary international in Great Britain and Ireland has for many years run public speaking competitions for young people.  Public speaking is an important life skill and is one that Rotarians value.  Rotarians are always delighted to support and celebrate the expertise of young people.

It is hoped that all Clubs/Groups in D1040 will support this exciting competition as an opportunity for the personal development of young people and to provide a prestigious event to enhance the profile and awareness of Rotary.

Initial enquiries regarding the competition and entries to the District Final should be addressed to. Rtn. Geoff Bartrum

Please include your location details in your correspondence.

District 1040 2015-16 Youth Speaks Senior Winners from the Brooksbank School & Sports College sponsored by Elland Rotary Club represented our District at the Region 2 Final in 2016 again achieving First Place.  
They competed at the national Final in 2016. They gave a very professional speech on LGBTQA.  
Speaker: Adam Crowther.  Chairperson: Connor Fahey.  Vote of Thanks: Maria Gomez

The competition aims to offer young people:
- An experience of speaking on a public platform as members of a team.
- An incentive to formulate ideas on topical subjects.
- The discipline in dealing with a topic in a limited time.
- The opportunity of learning and practising high standards of expression, presentation and appearance.
- The impartial criticism and assessment of performance by experienced adjudicators.

Who can take part?
The competition is open to teams of three students who are in full time education in two age groups:
Intermediate  11-13 years
Senior   14-17 years
With the age qualifying date of 31st August in each calendar year, it should be noted that some junior entrants may be 11, intermediate entrants may be 14 and some senior entrants may be 18 at the time of some or all the stage competitions (i.e. a competitor may be 17 on 31st August but turns 18 on 1st September is allowed to enter.)

Teams consist of three members:
Chairperson, Speaker, Proposer - Vote of Thanks

The five stages of the competition in D1040

1. Club Competitions: These are run by local Rotary Clubs, individually or jointly. Two or more clubs may run a combined event if either has insufficient entries for a single event.

2. Group Competitions: in which the winning teams from the Group events take part in the District Competition.

3. District Competition: For 2018/19 the District Competition will be in two parts due to the long distances for schools to travel from the Lincolnshire North Group.

     3a North & West Yorkshire Groups competition will be held on Thursday 7th March  2019 at Leeds Trinity University, Brownberrie Lane, Horsforth, Leeds LS18 5HD       

     3b, Lincolnshire North Group Competition will be held on Thursday 28th February 2019 at Wyke Sixth Form College, Bricknall Avenue, Hull HU5 4NT from 5.30pm. 

4. Regional Finals: The number of entries per District to a Regional Final is a maximum of two Intermediate Teams and a maximum of two Senior Teams per District. This year’s Regional Competition will be held on Saturday 30th March 2019 hosted by District 1070, at The Priory Ruskin Academy, Grantham

5. RIBI Final: From each Region there will be a maximum of one Intermediate Team and one Senior Team to compete in the National Final.  The RIBI National Final will be held on  TBA

There will be three qualified adjudicators who will be selected and appointed by the organisers of the particular competition

It is recommended that the Chairperson of the Adjudicators is a person with extensive experience of adjudicating speaking competitions for young people.  It is important that, at every stage, the adjudication is seen to be impartial and fair.


Youth Speaks Down Loadable pdf’s


RIBI Youth-Speaks-Information-Pack-2017-18.pdf