DYA to hold annual oratorical contest

Department of Youth Affairs (PNC file photo)

The Department of Youth Affairs will be conducting its annual Oratorical Contest later this month.

DYA has been organizing this contest for the past 20 years during Youth Month to give teens a platform to speak about their viewpoint on environmental, and community issues.

The department canceled the oratorical contest last year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year’s theme is “We Are In This Together” and the contest will have the youth contestants speak on how the COVID pandemic affected their school and personal life.

The competition will take place at the Guam Congress Building on Monday, March 29 starting at 5:30 p.m.

Danielle Camacho, the spokesperson for the department, said DYA usually gives competing youths a month in advance to prepare for the contest but the decision was already made to conduct this year’s competition once the island is back to PCOR 3.

In an interview with PNC, Camacho said she hopes contestants will be the voice of their peers.

“We always hear about the adults going through the struggles but the kids are involved going through the struggles as well. We don’t hear that perspective a lot. I always see in the media showcasing youth athletes that were affected by this but I want to hear what the other students have to say. I’m hoping this is the platform where they can do that,” Camacho said.

The winning contestants will have an opportunity to participate in a virtual proclamation signing to declare the month of April as Youth Month along with Governor Lou Leon Guerrero and Lt. Governor Joshua Tenorio.

Middle and high school students can register with their school’s administration office.

The last day to register for the oratorical contest is by Wednesday, March 24.

For more details, visit dya.guam.gov.