Teenage girls invited to speak out in $1,000 video competition
Teenage girls have been invited to record their journey in becoming confident public speakers on video for a chance to win a $1,000 cash prize.
The WeSpeak Teen Video Competition called on girls aged between 14 and 18 to submit a video of themselves sharing what confidence, competence and calmness mean to them in the context of public speaking.
Sarah Dunstan, the chairwoman of WeSpeak Bermuda, a women’s empowerment group, said: "Our goal with the WeSpeak Teen Video Competition is to empower teenagers to showcase their unique and authentic voices, as well as creativity and passion for meaningful storytelling.
“We believe that by reflecting on what confidence, competence and calm mean to them, participants can inspire and connect with others, like they do at the Teen Boot Camp."
Videos must be between one and two minutes long and can be submitted until September 29 via an online form.
The winner will be announced on October 11, the International Day of the Girl Child, and will receive $1,000 and an opportunity to speak at the 2024 WeSpeak Teen Boot Camp.
The runner-up will win $500 and the third-place winner $300.
Ms Dunstan reminded entrants that the competition was not about winning, but focused on self-expression, creativity and the importance of practising speaking to an audience.
She added that the competition was in line with WeSpeak’s mission to highlight the voices of young women and girls and offer them platforms to make a positive impact.
Kirsten Beasley, the head of the Bermuda office of WTW, which is funding the project, said that the competition would be a great chance to inspire young women to perfect their public speaking skills.
She said: “WTW is proud to support WeSpeak Bermuda in empowering young women on their journey of self-discovery.
“This competition provides a fun platform for teenage girls to learn the art of expressing their thoughts confidently and developing critical leadership skills.
“I am thrilled to help facilitate an opportunity for girls to confront their apprehensions and share their authentic perspectives in their unique voices.”