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The Spoken Word Speak Off Challenge is another activity in the Ministry of Youth, Sports & Community Empowerment’s anti-violence campaign, which will be launched on Monday, September 27.

As part of its mandate to reduce the occurrence and level of violence in Barbados, the Ministry launched its Anti-Violence Campaign (AVC) on June 12, this year, during a virtual ceremony. 

The AVC focuses on anti-violence messaging towards impacting behavioural change across the island, with a special focus on engaging teenagers in the conversations.  

The Anti-Violence Spoken Word Speak off Challenge will be judged in two age categories, Juniors, aged 12 to 16, and Seniors, aged 17 to 22.  It is open to individuals and groups of no more than three persons.

Interested persons should record and submit a three-minute spoken word video using the theme: Change Starts With Me, Stop The Violence, Protect Our Future!

Entrants are also encouraged in their video submissions to speak on subtopics such as: Cyberbullying, Domestic Violence, Peer Pressure, Bullying, Social Media Influence, Self-Esteem, Self-Confidence and Alternatives for Conflict Resolution.

All video submissions must be labelled with the following credits: Name of Performer, Title of Spoken-Word Piece and Name of Author.  

You must also begin your video submission with the words: My name is…; The name of my spoken-word piece is…; and The piece was authored by….

Submission for the AVC Spoken Word Speak Off Challenge should be sent to AVCSpeakoff2021@gmail.com, and must reach the Ministry by 3:00 p.m. on Friday, October 29.

The Ministry of Youth, Sports & Community Empowerment reserves all rights to showcase entries as part of its on-going Anti-Violence Campaign. 


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