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The Star Tribune’s Youth Criminal Justice Contest, with entries due August 16th, is accepting entries in 3 different formats: written essay, audio recording, or video.

As a debater, your voice is powerful. Have you considered applying to the contest with a recorded speech?

You’ve already learned how to develop compelling arguments. Your voice brings them to life. Use these resources for inspiration, tips, and tricks if you decide to enter the contest with a recorded speech (via video or audio format):

Build Your Basics & Get Inspired by The Eloquent Woman

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The Eloquent Woman

This blog, by late public speaking expert, Denise Graveline, showcases powerful speeches by women. She identifies the strengths of each speech, analyzes its impact, and provides advice and techniques to improve your own speaking. Check out the Index of Famous Speeches by Women and the Eloquent Women site. 

Borrow These Tips for Nationally Competitive Persuasive Speaking

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The National Speech & Debate Association (NSDA) provides free resources to help you become a stronger and more persuasive speaker. Check out their range of resources at the NSDA website:

Get Comfortable With Speaking on Any Filming Device

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Even if you’ve been Zoom-ing since March, you might feel nervous about recording your speech on camera. Use these resources to help you feel more comfortable with presenting yourself on video:

More Places to Find Tips & Tricks

How Would You Make the Criminal Justice System More Equitable and Just? Enter the Creative Criminal Justice Contest With Your Ideas.

Contest Details

The submission should be entirely created by students, although others may teach new skills, such as operating a camera, microphone or computer software. Submissions must come from young people between the ages of 10 and 18, using their age as of Dec. 31, 2020. You may also submit a group project with up to six friends (seven people total).

Written essays must be no more than 700 words, typed, double-spaced and in 12-point font. Video and audio submissions should be no longer than two minutes and must be submitted in a file format that can be uploaded to YouTube. Any materials from other people (research, writing, video or audio clips, etc.) must be given credit either in the submission or in an additional text document not more than 50 words long.

How to Enter:

Questions can be sent to To enter, fill out this form and submit your essay, video or audio file by Aug. 16.

This is your chance to be passionate, be creative, and use their own personal experiences as evidence to argue for change in our community.

There is no right or wrong answer. You have the chance to make change. We look forward to hearing your voice.