California State Scholarship Competition


Santa Clara Convention Center
July 10-15, 2017

Ages 17-24

 

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Questions? Contact:

Kristina Stamper
Entrants Director
(209) 612-6930
kristina@youthfocusinc.org


OFFICIAL HANDBOOK

 

What is the California State Scholarship Competition?
The California State Scholarship Competition is a prestigious statewide youth program sponsored by Youth Focus Inc. in search of an outstanding young man and woman to serve as public relations specialists and youth ambassadors representing Youth Focus Inc. and the state of California as:

Miss California State “California State’s Young Woman of Achievement”


California State Ambassador “California State’s Young Man of Achievement”

Miss California State “California State’s Young Woman of Achievement” shares an exciting experience with the California State Ambassador “California State’s Young Man of Achievement” as they begin a busy and active year of appearances and engagements.

As youth ambassadors, they have the opportunity to meet and interact with civic leaders and a myriad of volunteers who serve their communities with diligence and dedication.

The majority of their responsibilities will include representing Youth Focus Inc. as Goodwill Ambassadors and spokespersons at community functions to bring about a better understanding of the role of the Youth Focus Inc. in the community.

The Cal State Experience
The California State Scholarship Competition consists of five days of activities focused on leadership and personal development. The program is both interactive and experiential in nature; thus candidates participate in exciting activities, which enhance their leadership, public speaking and interpersonal skills. Candidates emerge from the Cal State program with an increased sense of self-esteem as well as the ability and desire to make positive steps in their personal development. The Cal State experience provides for an in-depth training experience, a chance to develop team building skills and an opportunity to set goals, to make lasting friendships and to grow both as an individual and as a team.
Purpose and Intent
It is the goal of Youth Focus Inc., through the conduct of the Cal State program, to provide positive experiences where California youth may have an opportunity:

  • To nurture, cultivate and develop leadership skills and a better understanding of community service and commitment to others;
  • To be recognized by the community for participating in a respected competitive activity conducted without bias and under the highest standards of excellence;
  • To gain greater self-confidence and a better understanding of themselves through self-competition;
  • To add to their life experience the kinds of activities that will help them in becoming leaders and contributing participants in their schools and communities;
  • To be motivated to continue their educational pursuits that will provide for greater self-improvement and expanded character development in both their personal and professional endeavors;
  • To be recognized for the meritorious contribution made by young people today relative to their role in community service.

 

Basic Rules for Entry
The California State Scholarship Competition for the title of Miss California State/California State Ambassador is open to young women and men from across the State of California either representing their community at large (no preliminary competition or program participation is required) or as youth who represent any position of leadership (e.g. service clubs, youth organizations, youth ambassadors of local fairs). All candidates must meet the following basic rules for entry:

  1. Candidate must be a resident of the State of California for a minimum of one year, or presently a registered student in an institution of higher education in California.
  2. Candidate must be between the ages of 17 and 24 as of Monday, July 10, 2017.
  3. Candidate must not have been involved in, ever convicted of, or pleaded guilty to any crimes including felonies and/or misdemeanors (exclusive of traffic violations).
  4. Candidate must be in good health.
  5. Candidate must be single, never have been married, nor had a marriage annulled nor may candidate be living with a partner in lieu of legal marriage at the time of application to the Cal State program or during their year of service as Miss California State/California State Ambassador.
  6. Candidate must register on Monday, July 10, 2017, at 1 p.m. at the Ramada Silicon Valley, 1217 Wildwood Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94089. Candidate must stay in the official housing provided for State Representatives July 10-15, 2017 checking out at 12 noon on Saturday, July 15, 2017.
  7. Candidate must participate in all Competition activities July 10-15, 2017, and stay through the conclusion of the Scholarship Luncheon on July 15, 2017, to qualify for any or all prizes, scholarships and/or awards.
  8. Candidate must attend school in the state of California should they achieve the title of Miss California State/“California State’s Young Woman of Achievement” or California State Ambassador/“California State’s Young Man of Achievement” during their year of service.
Fees and Registration Deadline
  1. All required applications forms, transcripts, music (if applicable), candidate portrait, agreement and medical release must be uploaded/submitted online at: www.youthfocusinc.org by: FRIDAY, JUNE 2, 2017
  2. Candidate portrait must be print quality resolution (300 dpi) and should be taken on a neutral background.
  3. The entry/sponsor fee of $650 is non-refundable and must be paid online or postmarked by FRIDAY, June 30, 2017. Mail to:

ATTN: Entrant’s Director
Youth Focus Inc.
1901 Cottle Avenue
San Jose, CA 95125

How to Secure Your Sponsorship Fee
Our representatives in the past have used a number of creative ways to fund their entry/sponsor fee:

  • The most common method is to ask a local business to participate as a sponsor
  • Often service or civic clubs will sponsor you if you make a presentation to them
  • Some candidates set a goal of asking ten businesses for $65.00 each
  • Family members often are interested in supporting our candidates
  • They have held car washes, bake sales, and other fundraisers

You may download the Cal State Sponsor Letter and Form to share with individuals and businesses you would like to ask for sponsorship. You might also wish to attach your own letter explaining to your sponsors why you would like to participate in the California State Scholarship Competition. You also have the option to direct your sponsors to complete the online sponsor form at: www.youthfocusinc.org/cal-state-sponsor. Please feel free to share this link in letters and emails you are sharing to ask members of your community to support you.

2017 Jessie Brandenburg Memorial Scholarships

$30,000 IN EDUCATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS

In keeping with the philosophies of Youth Focus Inc. to motivate youth accomplishment and to inspire personal achievement, the scholarship awards program offers more than $30,000 in scholarships across three age levels. Every candidate receives a scholarship award.

 

California State Scholarship Competition

 $10,000…..Miss California State
$2,000…….Golden State’s Youth Ambassadress
$1,000…….Second Alternate
$500……….Third Alternate
$250……….Fourth Alternate
$100……….State Finalists

$10,000…..California State Ambassador
$2,000…….Golden State’s Youth Ambassador
$1,000…….Second Alternate
$500……….Third Alternate
$250……….Fourth Alternate
$100……….State Finalists
$1,000…….Academic Achievement Award (optional)

 

Special Awards

Most Inspirational Award – The Ralph W. Mayes Memorial Award (Trophy Award)
Talent Award Of Excellence – Olgalydia Soria Urbano Talent Award (Trophy Award)

 

Joe Escobar “Community Spirit” Award

In recognition of the invaluable contribution made by Joe Escobar and his family through their generous support of numerous community programs to enhance the quality of life for others, the state representative receiving the highest score in community service will receive the prestigious Joe Escobar “community spirit” award.

 

Scholarships are awarded in accordance with the rules and regulations of the scholarship awards program as administered by Youth Focus Inc., and the terms and conditions relating thereto.

Areas of Competition
  • 20%…..Community Service
  • 20%…..Personality Interview
  • 20%…..Community Advocacy Speech
  • 20%…..Extemporaneous Question
  • 20%…..Stage Arts/Speech Presentation
  • Academic Achievement (optional) $1,000 scholarship

Judging of the foregoing categories is subject to and governed by the established policies and procedures of the California State Scholarship Competition. Within these guidelines, judging is solely at the discretion of the judges selected by the California State Scholarship Competition and Youth Focus Inc., and the decision of the judges is final in all cases.

 

1. COMMUNITY SERVICE (20%)

a. Community Service Application (10%)

In this area of competition, the judges review the candidate’s Community Service Application, which includes information regarding Community Service performed. The judges weigh and evaluate the contribution made by the candidate in serving and assisting the community in which he or she lives. Great consideration is given as to what contribution has been made by the candidate in accepting social responsibility and commitment in developing a better community in which to live.

b. Community Service Presentation (10%)

In this component of the Community Service competition, the candidate will make a 3 to 5-minute presentation followed by a 5-minute question-answer session for a panel of judges. The presentation will provide details about a community service project the candidate would like to continue or implement during their year of service as a youth ambassador. The candidate may use notes or note cards, and may also provide handouts and/or use a visual display/poster board that is less than 36 inches high and 48 inches wide or is displayed in a digital format. During the presentation, the judges will weigh the potential contribution the candidate wishes to make by serving their community and evaluate their ability and desire to serve as a leader committed to improving their community. Overall presentation relative to their potential as a community ambassador or ambassadress and public relations specialist is also evaluated.

2. PERSONALITY INTERVIEW (20%)

In this phase of competition, the judges meet with each of the candidates in a 15-minute formal interview. At this time, the judges have the opportunity to evaluate the candidate’s performance in response to a variety of questions. The candidate’s knowledge, perception, mental alertness and awareness of current events are evaluated. Articulation and self-expression are carefully re-viewed. This area of competition provides an opportunity for the judges to focus upon the candidate’s sense of values, attitudes, future goals and aspirations, and personality. Poise and appearance relative to the candidate’s potential to assume a position as a public relations specialist will also be considered.

3. COMMUNITY ADVOCACY SPEECH (20%)

In the Community Advocacy Speech, the candidate presents an on-stage commentary up to 60 seconds describing a community advocacy program he or she would embrace during their year of service as a youth ambassador and how he or she would propose to successfully carry out this program during their term of office. During the presentation, the judges evaluate the candidate’s articulation, manner of presentation, grammar, confidence, mental alertness and competence relative to the subject matter. Overall appearance relative to their potential as a community ambassador or ambassadress and public relations specialist is again evaluated. Time limit: 60 seconds. A 5-second grace period is allowed. A 50% penalty will be imposed on the final score for this phase upon exceeding the time limit.

4. EXTEMPORANEOUS QUESTION (20%)

In the Extemporaneous Question competition, the candidate is asked up to two (2) questions on stage relating to areas of interest from their official application. This competition provides the judges the opportunity to evaluate the candidate’s ability to speak extemporaneously before a group and the effectiveness of his or her communication skills. Consideration is given to the creativity and content of the response with regard to the pressures and demands of spontaneity in the public forum. Overall appearance relative to his or her potential as a community ambassador or ambassadress and public relations specialist is again evaluated. There is not time limit.

5. SPEECH PRESENTATION/STAGE ARTS (20%)

Candidates have the choice in this phase of competition of presenting either a speech presentation or a per-forming arts skill, which has been mastered through dedicated study. Both types of presentations will be judged equally. Time limit: Not less than 60 seconds or more than 3 minutes in length. A 15-second grace period is allowed. A 50% penalty will be imposed on the final score for this phase upon exceeding the time limit.

a. Criteria for Speech Presentations

The purpose of the speech presentation is to evaluate each candidate’s skills and qualities as a public relations specialist who will be addressing community groups in public speaking activities. The candidate is to prepare a speech on one of the following topics: The applicable fair, festival, city, county or youth organization/program he or she represents; the career he or she wishes to pursue; a community service project(s) he or she has been involved with; a leadership project or citizenship activity; another subject as approved by the Entrants Director of the competition. The candidate is judged on language, grammar, delivery, power of expression, dynamics and general effectiveness. Candidates are allowed to use note cards for the delivery of the speech.

b. Criteria for Performing Arts Presentations

In selecting a Performing Arts Presentation, the candidate displays an on-stage, solo, live talent or skill mastered through dedicated study. In this phase of competition, the judges consider degree of difficulty and technical ability. Types of presentations include, but are not limited to: dancing, vocal performance (singing), instrumental performance (piano, guitar, flute, etc.) dramatic or comedic reading, art demonstration/presentation, gymnastics or cheer routine, etc.

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT (OPTIONAL)

Candidates will have the opportunity to submit their transcripts if they are interested in being considered for the Academic Achievement scholarship. The candidate’s GPA and academic courses are closely examined and evaluated by a panel of academic judges. The recipient of the highest score in the Academic Achievement evaluation will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship.

 

Wardrobe Guidelines
Ladies’ Wardrobe Checklist

Rehearsal Clothes Casual, lightweight clothing allowing free movement and comfortable shoes. No jeans or flip-flops, please. Rehearsal clothes will be worn in the theater during rehearsal and practice times.
Business Suit(s) Business suit or dress appropriate for a business interview. Business suit or dress will be worn for:

  • Orientation
  • Fellowship
  • Tribute Dinner
  • Scholarship Luncheon
  • Personality Interview
Party Dress Knee length party-dress. Party dress will be worn for:

  • Production Number
  • Extemporaneous Question
Stage Arts Costume Appropriate costume for your stage arts or speech presentation. Costume will be worn for Stage Arts (Friday).
Evening Gown(s) Floor or tea length dress. Evening gown will be worn for:

(You may wear the same dress for both days.)

  • Community Advocacy Speech (Thursday)
  • Tribute at Preliminary Competition (Thursday)
  • Crowning at Final Competition (Friday)

Gentlemen’s Wardrobe Checklist

Rehearsal Clothes Casual, lightweight clothing allowing free movement and comfortable shoes. No jeans or flip-flops, please. Rehearsal clothes will be worn in the theater during rehearsal and practice times.
Business Suit(s) Business suit with a jacket and tie; appropriate for a business interview. Business suit will be worn for:

  • Orientation
  • Tribute Dinner
  • Scholarship Luncheon
  • Personality Interview
Semi-formal Dress slacks and collared dress shirt. Semi-formal will be worn for:

  • Production Number
  • Extemporaneous Question
Stage Arts Costume Appropriate costume for your stage arts or speech presentation. Costume will be worn for Stage Arts (Friday).
Tuxedo Tuxedo Tuxedo will be worn for:

  • Community Advocacy Speech (Thursday)
  • Tribute at Preliminary Competition (Thursday)
  • Crowning at Final Competition (Friday)

As noted above, please do not wear jeans or flip-flops. Cal State week is an opportunity for you to dress for success!

You are not expected to purchase expensive clothing to participate in the competition. We would be happy to help you find appropriate, affordable outfits. There are also opportunities to borrow items from the Youth Focus closet. Please feel free to give us a call or send an email if you have any questions about the wardrobe requirements, or finding/borrowing an outfit. We would be very happy to help you!

 


California State Scholarship Competition
Official Application Form

 

Fields marked with an * are required

Representative Information


Representative Profile

This is a short narrative that will allow the judges to get to know you. Please include your:

  • Name
  • Age
  • Education
  • Career ambitions

You may also discuss any school activities, honors and achievements, interests or hobbies, and highlights from your community service.

Scoring: This is not an individually scored section. However, this profile will be given to judges in all phases of competition to give them a sense of who you are and your accomplishments.


Stage Arts Information

This phase of competition is an on-stage presentation of your stage arts. You have the choice of presenting a speech or a performing arts skill.

Please include any technical requests, e.g., cordless microphone or headset microphone. Technical requests will be met to the best of our ability, but we cannot guarantee that all requests will be fulfilled. We will contact you in advance if any of the requests below cannot be accommodated. If none, please write "none."

Scoring: (20% of overall score) Not less than 60 seconds or more than 3 minutes in length. A 15-second grace period is allowed. A 50% penalty will be imposed on the final score for this phase upon exceeding the time limit.


Community Advocacy Speech

This phase of competition is an on-stage speech describing a community advocacy program you would embrace during your year of service as a state titleholder and how you would propose to successfully carry out this program during your term of office.

During the presentation, the judges evaluate your articulation, manner of presentation, grammar, confidence, mental alertness and competence relative to the subject matter. Overall appearance relative your potential as a community ambassador or ambassadress and public relations specialist is also evaluated.

Please provide a copy of your speech in the space provided.

Scoring: (20% of overall score) 60 seconds. A five 5-second grace period is allowed. A 50% penalty will be imposed on the final score of this phase of competition upon exceeding the time limit.


Community Service Narrative

The goal of the narrative is to provide an overview of how you have been involved in community service. Please provide details about the most recent or most meaningful community service projects in which you have participated. Your submission may be completely narrative, or you can include bullet points to highlight facts, figures, projects and organizations relevant to your service.

Your submission will be judged on both the quality and the quantity of your service, as well as your ability to demonstrate how you value community service. Grammar, punctuation and structure will also be taken into consideration.

Scoring: The Community Service Narrative accounts for 10% of your overall score, and may not exceed 5200 characters.


Community Service Presentation

Description

This phase of competition takes place at the hotel on days prior to competition nights. You will present a 3-5 minute presentation to a panel of judges showcasing your community service involvement and your plans for an advocacy project you will continue or implement during your year of service. It will be followed by a 5-minute question-answer session with the panel.

This refers to the topic of your community service, or what you will be focusing on throughout your presentation.

These refer to any materials you are providing for visual aid during your Community Service Presentation.

Scoring: The Community Service Presentation accounts for 10% of your overall score.


Uploads


Release & Agreement

2017 CANDIDATE’S RELEASE & AGREEMENT

CALIFORNIA STATE YOUTH ACCOLADES
SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION

 

FOR THE TITLES OF:

MISS CALIFORNIA STATE

"CALIFORNIA STATE’S YOUNG WOMAN OF ACHIEVEMENT”

CALIFORNIA STATE AMBASSADOR

“CALIFORNIA’S STATE’S YOUNG MAN OF ACHIEVEMENT”

 

ENTRY DEADLINE: FRIDAY, JUNE 2, 2017

www.youthfocusinc.org

 

Candidate AND PARENTS AGREE TO ABIDE BY ALL RULES AND REGULATIONS SET FORTH HEREIN BY Youth Focus Inc. AND ITS DIRECTORS or as announced hereafter. ANY INFRACTION OF THE RULES AND REGULATIONS ARE SUBJECT TO DISQUALIFICATION AND/or FORFEITURE OF ANY AND ALL TITLES, PRIZES, SCHOLARSHIPS OR AWARDS RECEIVED IN CONJUNCTION WITH California State Youth Accolades SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION and any and all related activities.

 

A.     GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

  1. Candidate must:
    1. Be a resident of the State of California for a minimum of one year, or presently a registered student in an institution of higher education in California.
    2. Have never been involved in, ever convicted of, or pleaded guilty to any crimes including felonies and/or misdemeanors (exclusive of traffic violations).
    3. Be in good health.
    4. Be single, never have been married, nor had a marriage annulled nor may Candidate be living with a partner in lieu of legal marriage at the time of application to the state finals or during their year of service as Miss California State/California State Ambassador.
    5. Never have been pregnant nor have fathered or had any children.
  2. Candidate must register on Monday, July 10, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. at the Ramada Silicon Valley, 1217 Wildwood Avenue, Sunnyvale, California, 94089. Candidate must stay in the official housing provided for State Representatives July 10 - 15, 2017, checking out at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 15, 2017.
  3. Candidate must be between the ages of 17 and 24, as of the first day of the California State Youth Accolades Scholarship Competition, Monday, July 10, 2017.
  4. Candidate must participate in all Competition activities July 10 through July 15, 2017 and stay through the conclusion of the Scholarship Luncheon on July 15, 2017 to qualify for any or all prizes, scholarships and/or awards.
  5. Should they achieve the title of Miss California State or California State Ambassador, candidate must remain a California resident (have a permanent address in California) should they elect to attend school out-of-state during the upcoming academic year.
  6. Candidate agrees that if selected as Miss California State or California State Ambassador he or she is prohibited from earning or attempting to earn any other titles during the months of his/her year of service which would conflict with the obligations outlined in this contract. (This provision may exclude some titleholders who wish to compete in the California State Youth Accolades Scholarship Competition 2018.)

 

B.     RULES OF CONDUCT
  1. The following Rules of Conduct apply equally to all activities associated with Youth Focus Inc. and the California State Youth Accolades Scholarship Competition.
  2. Candidate is:
    1. At all times to uphold the standards of conduct, which exemplify proper sportsmanship and fellowship. Candidate is expected at all times to behave with respect, concern, and sensitivity towards his/her fellow candidates, chaperones, and other volunteers, and whomever they might come in contact with.
    2. At all times, at all activities, to be in the company of a sanctioned chaperone. A sanctioned chaperone is defined as an individual; adult volunteer designated by Youth Focus Inc. as fit to provide appropriate supervision.
    3. Prohibited from having possession of or using a cell phone or other electronic communication device during any official competition activities including workshops, rehearsals and ALL phases of competition.
    4. To enter buildings and rooms only designated for activities. He/she is prohibited from leaving any building during any activity without the express permission of the competition director, and then only when accompanied by a sanctioned chaperone.
    5. Prohibited from smoking, drinking alcoholic beverages, or consumption of any other controlled substance. Such behavior is grounds for immediate expulsion from the California State Youth Accolades Scholarship Competition and all activities associated with Youth Focus Inc. without further notice or refund of entry fees.
    6. Prohibited from speaking to or being in the presence of the competition judges both individually or as a panel at all activities excluding those designated for interaction by Youth Focus Inc., and then only when accompanied by a sanctioned chaperone.
    7. Required to promptly arrive at and leave from all activities under the guidance of a sanctioned chaperone.
  3. If candidate is in violation of any of the above rules the Board of Directors of Youth Focus Inc. may deem them disqualified from the California State Youth Accolades Scholarship Competition and any and all titles/scholarships/awards related thereto will be forfeit and/or cancelled.

 

C.     FEES, APPLICATION FILING DEADLINE, AND IMAGE REQUIREMENTS

  1. All required applications forms, transcripts, music (if applicable), candidate portrait, agreement and medical release must be uploaded/submitted online at: youthfocusinc.org by FRIDAY, June 2, 2017.
  2. Candidate portrait must be print quality resolution (300 dpi) and should be taken on a neutral background.
  3. The entry/sponsor fee of six hundred and fifty dollars ($650.00) is non-refundable and must be postmarked by FRIDAY, June 30, 2017. Mail to:

ATTN: Entrant’s Director

Youth Focus Inc.
3031 Tisch Way
Suite 110PW
San Jose, CA 95125

 

D.     JUDGING & PHASES OF COMPETITION

  1. Candidate and parent(s)/guardian(s) agree that the time, manner, and method of judging the California State Youth Accolades Scholarship Competition and the awards and supervision of the scholarships shall be within the sole discretion of the Board of Directors of Youth Focus Inc., and the decision of the persons so designated to judge the various events in any and all matters pertaining to the selection of the title and award recipient shall be final in all cases.
  2. Candidate and parent(s) must sign and submit the following forms and fees in order to participate in the competition:
    1. Entry/Sponsor Fee (as specified in Section C.3).
    2. Candidate’s Official Application and Candidate’s Release & Agreement (as specified in Section C.1).
    3. Music, if applicable, must be edited to the appropriate length (as specified in Section C.1 and E.4). Candidate is responsible for edited music to the appropriate length; music will not be edited by Youth Focus Inc.
  3. Candidate will be judged in the following phases of competition:
    1. COMMUNITY SERVICE (20%)
      1. Community Service Application (10%)
        In this area of competition, the judges review the candidate’s Community Service Application, which includes information regarding Community Service performed. The judges weigh and evaluate the contribution made by the candidate in serving and assisting the community in which he or she lives. Great consideration is given as to what contribution has been made by the candidate in accepting social responsibility and commitment in developing a better community in which to live.
      2. Community Service Presentation (10%)
        In this component of the Community Service competition, the candidate will make a 3 to 5-minute presentation followed by a 5-minute question-answer session for a panel of judges. The presentation will provide details about a community service project the candidate would like to continue or implement during their year of service as a youth ambassador. The candidate may use notes or note cards, and may also provide handouts and/or use a visual display/poster board that is less than 36 inches high and 48 inches wide or is displayed in a digital format. During the presentation, the judges will weigh the potential contribution the candidate wishes to make by serving their community and evaluate their ability and desire to serve as a leader committed to improving their community. Overall presentation relative to their potential as a community ambassador or ambassadress and public relations specialist is also evaluated.
    2. PERSONALITY INTERVIEW (20%)
      In this phase of competition, the judges meet with each of the candidates in a 15-minute formal interview. At this time, the judges have the opportunity to evaluate the candidate’s performance in response to a variety of questions. The candidate’s knowledge, perception, mental alertness and awareness of current events are evaluated. Articulation and self-expression are carefully reviewed. This area of competition provides an opportunity for the judges to focus upon the candidate’s sense of values, attitudes, future goals and aspirations, and personality. Poise and appearance relative to the candidate’s potential to assume a position as a public relations specialist will also be considered.
    3. COMMUNITY ADVOCACY SPEECH (20%)
      In the Community Advocacy Speech, the candidate presents an on-stage commentary up to 60 seconds describing a community advocacy program he or she would embrace during their year of service as a youth ambassador and how he or she would propose to successfully carry out this program during their term of office. During the presentation, the judges evaluate the candidate’s articulation, manner of presentation, grammar, confidence, mental alertness and competence relative to the subject matter. Overall appearance relative to their potential as a community ambassador or ambassadress and public relations specialist is again evaluated. Time limit: 60 seconds. A five (5) second grace period is allowed. A 50% penalty will be imposed on the final score for this phase upon exceeding the time limit.
    4. EXTEMPORANEOUS QUESTION (20%)
      In the Extemporaneous Question competition, the candidate is asked up to two (2) questions on stage relating to areas of interest from their official application. This competition provides the judges the opportunity to evaluate the candidate’s ability to speak extemporaneously before a group and the effectiveness of his or her communication skills. Consideration is given to the creativity and content of the response with regard to the pressures and demands of spontaneity in the public forum. Overall appearance relative to his or her potential as a community ambassador or ambassadress and public relations specialist is again evaluated. There is no time limit.
    5. SPEECH PRESENTATION/STAGE ARTS COMPETITION (20%)
      1. Candidates have the choice in this phase of competition of presenting:
        1. A speech presentation.
        2. A performing arts skill, which has been mastered through dedicated study.
        3. Both types of presentations will be judged equally.
        4. Time limit: Not less than sixty (60) seconds or more than three (3) minutes in length.
        5. A fifteen (15) second grace period is allowed.
        6. A 50% penalty will be imposed on the final score for this phase upon exceeding the time limit.
      2. CRITERIA FOR SPEECH PRESENTATIONS
        1. The purpose of the speech presentation is to evaluate each Candidate’s skills and qualities as a public relations specialist who will be addressing community groups in public speaking activities. The Candidate may present a speech on one of the following topics:
          1. The applicable fair, festival, city, county or youth organization/program he/she represents.
          2. The career he or she wishes to pursue.
          3. A community service project(s) he or she has been involved with.
          4. A leadership project or citizenship activity.
          5. Subject as approved by the Executive Director of the competition.
        2. The Candidate is judged on language, grammar, delivery, expression, dynamics and general effectiveness. Candidates are allowed to use note cards for the delivery of the speech.
  • CRITERIA FOR PERFORMING ARTS PRESENTATIONS
    1. In selecting a Performing Arts Presentation, the Candidate displays a live, solo talent. In this phase of competition the Judges consider degree of difficulty and technical ability.
    2. The presentation may be, but is not limited to: dancing, vocal performance (singing), instrumental performance (piano, guitar, flute, etc.) dramatic reading, art demonstration/presentation, gymnastics or cheer routine, etc.

 

E.
STAGE ARTS COMPETITION RESTRICTIONS

  1. GENERAL RESTRICTIONS
    1. Candidate’s Stage Arts presentation must be performed solo, live on stage during the competition show.
    2. Due to fire regulations, candidate is prohibited from performing a fire baton routine or any other talent act involving fire. If the presentation would normally require the element of fire, he/she must make arrangements to alter his/her presentation to meet these regulations.
    3. Candidate who chooses to perform a vocal presentation, song/dance combo, monologue, poetry reading, or other oral communication presentation must use a microphone, the size and type of which will be designated by the competition director and stage technicians.
  2. STAGE RESTRICTIONS
    1. The competition director and stage technicians shall predetermine stage design, background, decorations, and lighting specifications for Candidate’s Stage Arts presentation.
    2. The competition director and stage technicians shall predetermine entrances and exits for Candidate’s Stage Arts presentation. Blocking or stage placement is solely at the discretion of the Candidate.
    3. Candidate is prohibited from using any of the stairs, ramps, or other such areas surrounding the main stage area for his/her Stage Arts presentation. Candidate is allowed complete use of, and freedom of movement on, the main stage area, the parameters of which shall be defined by the competition director and stage technicians.
  3. FORMAT RESTRICTIONS
    1. Candidate who makes use of a film, video, or slide presentation in conjunction with his/her Stage Arts presentation is responsible for providing all necessary equipment including but not limited to projector, screen, lap-top, power cords, etc.
    2. Candidate is prohibited from presenting an electronic recording of themselves or their voice as the sole source for their Stage Arts presentation. Any candidate who chooses to record his/her own singing voice or musical ability may use that recording in conjunction with his/her presentation, however announcement of such will not be made, nor will the judges be so notified. If Candidate wishes to be judged on multiple abilities, he/she must do ALL of them live on stage.
  4. PRE-RECORDED MUSIC RESTRICTIONS
    1. Candidate is prohibited from using a prerecorded musical selection with a false ending, or a song which has an unusual ending or stop with a repeat or reprise a few seconds later. A false ending does not apply to “stop rhythm,” drum, or percussion rhythms as part of a trick or challenge dance.
    2. A false ending is defined as follows:
      1. A two-measure phrase, which is added to a dance routine, usually for exiting purpose or transition.
      2. A musical selection, which has a definite ending or has been completed, yet has a reprise or a reoccurrence of similar musical phrasing, usually for the purpose of continuing a sequence of dance steps or encore.
    3. Candidate is prohibited from use of a musical selection that is cued to begin sometime after the initial start of his/her Stage Arts presentation.
    4. Candidate who chooses to pantomime or lip-sync to pre-recorded music must specifically state that he/she is doing so in their description of their Stage Arts presentation on the Official Application as there can be no inference that the Candidate is actually singing live.
    5. Candidate must name the original artist/author/musician of his/her work even if piece is self-written.
  5. VOCAL RESTRICTIONS
    1. Candidate who chooses to sing must perform that talent live, solo and with minimal recorded vocal accompaniment.
    2. Candidate is prohibited from singing a cappella. Candidate must have some form of pre-recorded or live accompaniment.
  6. INSTRUMENTAL RESTRICTIONS
    1. Candidate who chooses to play a musical instrument must perform his/her music selection memorized. Absolutely no sheet music will be allowed on stage during the competition show.
    2. Candidate is responsible for ALL costs associated with the transportation, shipping, load-in/load-out of the Candidate’s choice of instrument to and from rehearsal and competition sites.
  7. ARTS & CRAFTS RESTRICTIONS
    1. Candidate may choose to present his/her artistic talents including but not limited to sketches, paintings, graphic art, sewing or dressmaking. Candidate is restricted to presentation of items that were originally crafted by the Candidate.
    2. Candidate must have articles authenticated as the Candidate’s original creations. A qualified individual other than the Candidate’s relatives or family members must provide a written statement of authenticity to be included in the Candidate’s Official Application. Examples of qualified individuals include public or private school instructors, scout leaders or 4-H leaders, ministers or other community leaders.
  8. PROP RESTRICTIONS
    1. Candidate is prohibited from using props not functional to his/her Stage Arts presentation. Youth Focus Inc. provides such basic props as stools, chairs, tables, microphones, etc. However, for Candidate’s comfort, it is recommended that he/she bring a personal basic prop that he/she may have practiced with to the rehearsal and competition sites.
    2. ALL props must be of acceptable safety standards and appearance (clean, freshly painted, free of decay, etc.). Candidate must provide a written description of ALL props to be used in conjunction with his/her Stage Arts presentation in the section provided on the Official Application. The director reserves the right to final discretion regarding ALL props.
    3. Candidate is responsible for ALL costs associated with the transportation, shipping, load-in/load-out, installation or rigging of the Candidate’s choice of props to and from all rehearsal and competition sites.

 

F.      WARDROBE RESTRICTIONS

  1. GENERAL RESTRICTIONS
    1. Absolutely no low cut, plunging neckline or back, revealing neckline or back style gowns, or any suggestive designs, including excessive sheer panels, that are not keeping with the high moral standards of the competition are allowed.
    2. Candidate is required to wear proper foundation and undergarments at ALL times.
    3. Candidate is prohibited from wearing sports shoes for ALL phases of competition EXCLUDING STAGE ARTS.
    4. Competition director reserves the right to final discretion regarding Candidate’s wardrobe for ALL phases of competition.
  2. STAGE ARTS COMPETITION WARDROBE RESTRICTIONS
    1. Candidate must select a costume for his/her Stage Arts presentation, which is comfortable and appropriate for the skills and abilities to be demonstrated on stage, yet in keeping with the high moral standards of Youth Focus Inc.
    2. Candidate is prohibited from wearing a revealing or otherwise suggestive costume, as well as any of the following:
      1. French cut leotard
      2. Plunging and/or revealing neckline
  • Any other leotard with a high cut, which does not sufficiently cover the back leg
  1. Costume which reveals the naval
  2. Sagging or baggy pants which reveal undergarments
  1. Candidate, who chooses to wear a basic leotard costume for his/her Stage Arts presentation must have some sort of skirting. The skirting can be of any material and must completely cover the back leg area. Leotards with partial skirting are allowed upon prior approval of the competition director.
  1. PRODUCTION NUMBER Wardrobe RESTRICTIONS
    1. Female Candidates must provide a knee length party dress (of any color) for this phase of competition. Absolutely no mini length dresses.
    2. Male Candidates must wear a business suit, shirt, tie and jacket with appropriate socks and shoes.
  2. PERSONALITY INTERVIEW COMPETITION Wardrobe RESTRICTIONS
    1. Female Candidates must wear a business suit, pant suit, or dress with appropriate shoes.
    2. Male Candidates must wear a business suit, shirt, tie and jacket with appropriate socks and shoes.
  3. COMMUNITY ADVOCACY SPEECH WARDROBE RESTRICTIONS
    1. Female Candidates must provide a knee length party dress (of any color) for this phase of competition. Absolutely no mini length dresses.
    2. Male Candidates must wear a business suit, shirt, tie and jacket with appropriate socks and shoes.
  4. EXTEMPORANEOUS QUESTION WARDROBE RESTRICTIONS
    1. Female Candidates must wear a floor length gown. Candidate may wear a different gown for crowning, or may choose to wear the same gown for both portions of the competition show.
    2. Male Candidates must wear a suit and tie or black tuxedo provided by the Candidate himself.

 

G.     COMPETITION ACTIVITIES
  1. Candidate agrees to participate in all areas of Competition and in all events leading up to the final selection of Miss California State/California State Ambassador 2017 through the conclusion of the activities including mandatory attendance at the scholarship luncheon on July 15, 2017. Participation in the State Finals of the California State Youth Accolades Scholarship Competition shall be understood to include all public appearances, telecasts, radio broadcasts, and video of all or any part of the events connected with the State Finals, and Candidate authorizes the California State Youth Accolades Scholarship Competition and anyone duly licensed and authorized by it to televise, broadcast, and take pictures of them individually and/or in a group.
  2. Candidate and parent(s) understand that friends and family members will not be permitted to attend any activities related to the competition except those designated as open to the public. Public activities include the following:
    1. Tribute Dinner Honoring 2016 CSYA All-Star Captains

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - 6:30 p.m.

Ramada Silicon Valley, 1217 Wildwood Avenue, Sunnyvale, California, 94089

Cost $25.00 per person*

Tickets can be purchased at the door or online: www.youthfocusinc.org

  1. California State Youth Accolades Preliminary Competition

Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 7:00 p.m.

Santa Clara Convention Center, 5001 Great America Pkwy, Santa Clara

Cost $25.00 per ticket*

Tickets can be purchased at the door or online: www.youthfocusinc.org

  1. California State Youth Accolades Finals Competition

Friday, July 14, 2017 - 7:00 p.m.

Santa Clara Convention Center, 5001 Great America Pkwy, Santa Clara

Cost $25.00 per ticket*

Tickets can be purchased at the door or online: www.youthfocusinc.org

  1. Complimentary Reception immediately following the Competition

Friday, July 14, 2017 - following the announcement of 2017 Titleholders

Santa Clara Convention Center, 5001 Great America Pkwy, Santa Clara

  1. Scholarship Luncheon

Saturday July 15, 2017 - 12 Noon

Ramada Silicon Valley, 1217 Wildwood Avenue, Sunnyvale, California, 94089

Cost $25.00 per person*

Tickets can be purchased online: www.youthfocusinc.org

Tickets for the scholarship luncheon must be reserved by Friday, July 14, 2017.

  1. *Cost for events listed above is not applicable to Official Chaperones and Candidates.
  2. Candidate and Parent(s) understand and recognize the risks of physical injury inherent in dance and dance performance and willingly assume responsibility for those conditions of participation at their own risk. It is agreed and understood that participants will not hold Youth Focus Inc., its agents directors, officers, employees or the Competition Officials, liable for injuries sustained or illnesses contracted by them when in attendance and or participating in any phase of the competition.

 

H.     AUDITORIUM RESTRICTIONS
  1. In consideration of the Candidates on stage and at the judges request, Youth Focus Inc. reserves the right to expel ANY audience member(s) in violation of the following photography and video restrictions:
    1. No flash or light photography equipment may be used during the competition.
    2. The only photographs permitted during the competition are those, which can be taken from the back of the auditorium without a flash or light fixture.
    3. Videotaping is strictly prohibited. Order forms for the purchase of digital recordings of the show will be available prior to and during the competition.
  2. Members of the general public are prohibited from approaching the front of the stage or aisles before or during the competition show.
  3. Members of the general public are prohibited from entering the back stage area or other rooms not expressly open to the general public at anytime before, during or after the competition show.
  4. Members of the general public are prohibited from speaking with the judges either individually or as a group at any time, before, during or after the competition show.

 

I.       LOST OR STOLEN ARTICLES
  1. Youth Focus Inc. will not be held responsible for any lost or stolen articles during any activities associated with the competition, including but not limited to rehearsals, orientations, dress rehearsals and the competition show.

 

J.      SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS
  1. Candidate and parent(s) agree to abide by and be bound by the rules and regulations governing the finals of the California State Youth Accolades Scholarship Competition and the awarding and supervision of the title, scholarships and other prizes.
  2. Candidate agrees that if selected as Miss California State/California State Ambassador 2017 they must remain a resident of the State of California (maintain a permanent California address) for a period of one year following the concluding date of the 2017 competition. It is permitted for the candidate to attend school out-of-state.
  3. Candidate agrees that if selected as Miss California State/California State Ambassador 2017, they must participate in the 2017 California State Youth Accolades Scholarship Competition at a time and date selected by the Board of Directors of Youth Focus Inc., serving as a Goodwill Ambassador for the competition.
  4. Candidate agrees that if selected as Miss California State/California State Ambassador 2017, they will be available to serve as a youth ambassador for Youth Focus Inc. at functions designated by Youth Focus Inc.
  5. Titleholder agrees that they shall participate in the 2017 California State Youth Accolades Scholarship Competition and should they miss any portion of the competition up to and including the 2017 Scholarship Luncheon, they agree to forfeit the title of Miss California State/California State Ambassador.
  6. Candidate agrees that if selected as Miss California State/California State Ambassador 2017, that they will accept the Official Chaperone designated by Youth Focus Inc. to accompany them on all required appearances and they will be guided and bound by his/her suggestions and guidance in all matters pertaining to appearances, without any interference from parents, guardians or any other persons whatsoever.
  7. In the event that the Candidate has failed or shall thereafter fail to carry out and perform all the conditions, rules and regulations governing the conduct of the California State Youth Accolades Scholarship Competition, then, at the option of the Board of Directors of Youth Focus Inc., the Candidate shall forfeit the right to the title of Miss California State/California State Ambassador 2017, or other titles and all awards, scholarships, grants, and rights pertaining thereto, and Candidate understands that Youth Focus Inc., will then have the right to name a new Miss California State/California State Ambassador 2017, and to grant her/him the various awards, scholarships and prizes which accompany the title.
  8. If in the event that the Candidate marries during the period between the date of this agreement and the selection of Miss California State/California State Ambassador 2017, the Candidate shall forfeit the right to participate in the State Finals; and if the Candidate is selected as Miss California State/California State Ambassador 2017, and marries during the year beginning on July 15, 2017, then the Board of Directors of Youth Focus Inc., may at their discretion and at their option, forfeit, either or both, the Candidate’s title of Miss California State/California State Ambassador 2017, and any scholarship, prizes, and grants and in such an event, Youth Focus Inc., may declare a successor.
  9. If as an alternate/runner-up the Candidate shall succeed to the title of Miss California State/California State Ambassador 2017 (as provided for in Section J.7 and J.8 above, or for any other reason), the Candidate agrees to be bound by all of the provisions of this agreement which relate to Miss California State/California State Ambassador.
  10. It is understood and agreed that each educational scholarship is awarded upon the condition that such scholarship must, upon penalty of forfeiture of yet unused funds at the time of forfeiture, begin being used as stipulated herein:
    1. Candidates who are high school seniors at the time they compete in the California State Youth Accolades Scholarship Competition and have not yet graduated from high school must make application for the use of their scholarship award by December 1, following their graduation from high school.
    2. Candidates who hold a high school graduation diploma at the time they competed in the California State Youth Accolades Scholarship Competition must make application for the use of their scholarship award by December 1, following the 2017 Competition.
    3. Miss California State/California State’s Young Woman of Achievement, Golden State’s Youth Ambassadress, California State Ambassador/California State’s Young Man of Achievement and Golden State’s Youth Ambassador may not begin the use of their scholarship award until the completion of their term of office. They must be enrolled as a full time student in an accredited institution of higher learning and make application for use of the scholarship award by December 1, following the completion of their term of office.
    4. In the event a scholarship recipient is not enrolled in an accredited institution as stipulated above, the scholarship award will not be issued and will be allocated for future awards.
    5. A one-time extension for the activation of a scholarship award may be requested by submitting a written request to the Youth Focus Inc. office prior to the deadlines described in Sections 10.a-c above.
  11. Recipient understands to qualify for said educational scholarship awards they must be a full-time registered student enrolled in an accredited institution of higher education.
  12. Scholarship monies are paid upon receipt of statements from accredited colleges, universities, or accredited institutions of higher education under the following provisions:
    1. Tuition fees are paid only in relation to academic study for higher education. Tuition fees will not be paid for non-accredited subjects.
    2. Scholarship awards may be used for required accredited college class textbook expenses and supplies, upon receipt of statements from colleges, universities, or bookstores of institutions of higher education. Youth Focus Inc. will pay only for supplies which are stated and listed as required in the published class schedule or course catalog
    3. Scholarship monies can be used for housing expenses only if recipient is a full-time student in an accredited college of university and is living on campus.
    4. The philosophy of the scholarship foundation is to motivate academic achievement on a continuous basis to ensure completion of the recipient’s education. Based upon this philosophy, scholarships of $1,000 or more shall be awarded in increments no more than 50% of the total scholarship amount per academic year (no more than 25% per quarter or semester).
  13. Recipient understands, agrees and acknowledges that scholarship awards are not disbursed in cash but are sent directly to the school or institution in which recipient is enrolled upon receipt of proper billing(s) following review and approval by the Youth Focus Inc. Board of Directors. Recipient agrees to forward to the Youth Focus Office all applicable required forms as follows:
    1. Billing statement from college, university, or other accredited institution.
    2. Receipt for reimbursable expenses as stipulated in the above rules and regulations e.g., books, etc.
    3. Enrollment certification form with the seal of the college or university. Forms without the college or university seal will not be accepted and recipient will forfeit said scholarship award accordingly. A college or university official must fill out the certification form. Any falsified documentation will result in forfeiture of the scholarship award.
  14. Scholarship awards will not be disbursed in cash. There are no exceptions.
  15. Scholarship recipient shall submit a quarterly report to the Scholarship Committee of Youth Focus Inc., if so requested by the Board of Directors. If it is determined that the scholarship award is not being used in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Scholarship Program, the Board of Directors of the Youth Focus Inc., may at their will forfeit the balance of the scholarship award.
  16. College graduates with a baccalaureate degree or equivalent may present credentials that the graduate has attained a degree, and the balance of the recipient’s scholarship may be used for accredited post-graduate college or university study.
  17. Scholarship monies will not be applied to any prior educational indebtedness such as student loans, tuition fees, etc.
  18. Scholarships are contingent on recipient’s active and consistent participation in all related activities of the California State Youth Accolades Scholarship Competition. It is to be clearly understood by recipients that disbursement of any scholarship will depend solely upon the active participation of each recipient as an official Candidate in the California State Youth Accolades Scholarship Competition.
  19. Scholarship monies and awards will not be paid if there is any financial indebtedness due to the Youth Focus Inc., incurred by the recipient. This rule applies to entry fees, ticket money, production costs, or any other form of monetary indebtedness due to Youth Focus Inc.
  20. Scholarship monies and awards will not be disbursed or issued if recipient has not completed and signed all the necessary forms and documents pertaining to their participation in the events conducted by Youth Focus Inc. or if the recipient leaves the competition prior to the completion of the Scholarship Luncheon on Saturday following the Friday night finals.
  21. Youth Focus Inc. will not be responsible for any expenditure for any purpose, beyond the stipulated amount of the scholarship.
  22. Recipient understands that certain Special Scholarship Awards may have been promised by certain businesses and individuals and are to be awarded at the discretion of said businesses and individuals. Should businesses or individuals not provide said promised scholarship awards, recipient understands that the California State Youth Accolades Scholarship Program will not be held liable nor will Youth Focus Inc. be responsible for the monetary value of said prizes and awards.
  23. Any canceled or unused portion of awards money will revert back to Youth Focus Inc.
  24. Candidate agrees that if selected as Miss California State/California State Ambassador 2017, any and all monetary considerations relating to their activities as Miss California State/California State Ambassador 2017 will accrue to Youth Focus Inc. and be handled by Youth Focus Inc. on their behalf.

 

K.     MEDIA RELEASE
  1. Candidate agrees that they have not heretofore authorized any person, firm, or corporation to use their name, photograph, picture, present or future title in connection with an endorsement, advertisement or any commercial product; and that they are not under contract to any person, firm, or corporation with respect to their present title, nor have they made any legal obligations that would prevent their participation and appearance in the State Finals of the California State Youth Accolades Scholarship Competition or compliance with the terms and conditions of this agreement.
  2. Candidate agrees that if selected as Miss California State/California State Ambassador 2017, they will permit their name, photographs, video, endorsement rights, and their title as Miss California State/California State Ambassador 2017, or any other such title selected for them, to be used by said prominent firms or corporations as may be approved and authorized by Youth Focus Inc.
  3. Candidate agrees that if selected as Miss California State/California State Ambassador 2017, to constitute and appoint Youth Focus Inc. as the sole and exclusive organization and sponsor to assist them on their behalf for the mailing of all press releases, statements to the press, contracts, engagements, theatrical employment, artistic or commercial employment for the term of one year from July 15, 2017.
  4. If Candidate is not selected Miss California State/California State Ambassador 2017, but is the recipient of one of the scholarships, grants, or awards, they will permit their name, photographs, video, endorsement rights and their title, or such title as may be selected for them, to be used by said scholarship sponsor and advertisers authorized and approved by Youth Focus Inc., and will not give any printed, written, photographic, televised, radio, or other endorsement for any product competitive to the products manufactured, processed, or sold by the scholarship sponsors or advertisers authorized and approved by Youth Focus Inc.
  5. All photographs made of the Candidate or award recipient in the 2017 California State Youth Accolades Scholarship Competition, either individually or as a member of a group in connection with the 2017 California State Youth Accolades Scholarship Competition, shall be and become the property of Youth Focus Inc., and the same may be used by it or anyone designated by it, for publicity, advertising and other proper use.

 

L.      OFFICIAL APPLICATION AND PARTICIPATION RELEASE

Permission is hereby given to Youth Focus Inc. to utilize the information contained in the Official Application Form in any way it deems appropriate without recourse from heirs, my immediate family, or me. I hereby release Youth Focus Inc., its directors, agents, and employees from claims of any kind or nature arising out of damages of persons or property occasioned by, or in connection with any portion of my participation in the California State Youth Accolades Scholarship Competition and its related events.

 

M.    MEDICAL RELEASE

Please list any medical concerns, which may adversely affect the Candidate’s participation. Please list any medications that may need to be administered during activities associated with Youth Focus Inc., and the California State Youth Accolades Scholarship Competition (asthma inhaler, for example). Please include any over-the-counter medication such as Tylenol or ibuprofen as Youth Focus Inc., the California State Youth Accolades Scholarship Competition, its directors, and volunteers are prohibited from dispensing any form of medication without prior written consent of the parent or guardian. Any information provided here is strictly for the comfort of the Candidate and completely confidential. Any information contained here will not be released to the general public or competition judges.

Please list any medical concerns, which may adversely affect the Candidate’s participation. Please list any medications that may need to be administered during activities associated with Youth Focus Inc., and the California State Youth Accolades Scholarship Competition (asthma inhaler, for example). Please include any over-the-counter medication such as Tylenol or ibuprofen as Youth Focus Inc., the California State Youth Accolades Scholarship Competition, its directors, and volunteers are prohibited from dispensing any form of medication without prior written consent of the parent or guardian. Any information provided here is strictly for the comfort of the Candidate and completely confidential. Any information contained here will not be released to the general public or competition judges. (If none, please type NONE.)