This competition is open to all youth ages 13-16 from across the state of California. Participants practice leadership and team-building skills, deepen their understanding of and commitment to community service, and make new friends along the way. Each participant comes into program with unique skills and abilities, and our goal is to encourage confidence and self-esteem. Activities during the week include public speaking, interview and leadership training, as well as team-building and community service activities — culminating with the on-stage competition. Please read the Official Competition Handbook below for details about scholarships, sponsorship fee, areas of competition, schedule of activities and more.
|About the Teen Ambassadors Competition
Sponsored by Youth Focus Inc., the California State Youth Accolades Teen Ambassador’s Competition is a prestigious and well-respected statewide youth program in search of outstanding youth to represent Youth Focus Inc.
California State’s Teen Ambassador and Ambassadress in their roles as Ambassadors for Youth Focus Inc. share an exciting and active year of appearances and engagements. They will 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 be representing Youth Focus Inc. as Teen Ambassadors at community functions to bring about a better understanding of the role of the Youth Focus Inc. in the community.
|Basic Rules for Entry
The CSYA Teen Ambassador’s Competition for the position of California State’s Teen Ambassador and Ambassadress is open to young people of achievement who are interested in serving in a leadership position, which fosters community service and leadership development.
|Fees and Registration Deadline
||How to Secure Your Sponsorship Fee
Our representatives in the past have used a number of creative ways to fund their entry/sponsor fee:
You may download the 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 CSYA Scholarship Competition. You also have the option to direct your sponsors to complete the online sponsor form at: http://youthfocusinc.org/cal-state/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
Every candidate receives a scholarship award.
California State Teen Accolades
$500……….California State Teen Ambassador and Ambassadress
Teen and junior scholarships will be awarded as talent scholarships.
Trophy Award…..Most Inspirational Award – The Ralph W. Mayes Memorial 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 for Teen Candidates
Judging of the foregoing categories is subject to and governed by the established policies and procedures of the California State Teen Accolades Ambassador’s Competition. Within these guidelines, judging is solely at the discretion of the judges selected by the California State Teen Accolades Ambassador’s Competition and Youth Focus Inc. The decision of the judges is final in all cases.
1. PERSONALITY INTERVIEW
2. PERSONALITY SPEECH
3. EXTEMPORANEOUS QUESTION
4. SPEECH PRESENTATION/STAGE ARTS
a. CRITERIA FOR SPEECH PRESENTATIONS
The purpose of the speech competition is to evaluate each Candidate’s skills in developing qualities as a public relations specialist who will be addressing community groups in public speaking activities. The Candidate is to prepare a speech on a topic the Candidate would advocate for as a community representative/Goodwill Ambassador. The Candidate will be judged on language and grammar, delivery, power of expression and general effectiveness. Candidates are allowed to use note cards for the delivery of the speech.
b. CRITERIA FOR PERFORMING ARTS PRESENTATIONS
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!
|Sample Schedule of Activities
This schedule is subject to change. Official schedule will be sent to you prior to the competition.