EEF End Gun Violence Oratory Cash Prize Competition

GAINESVILLE, FL. (EEF News) The Education Equalizer Foundation will host a community project this summer centered around the impact of gun violence. This event is promoted by the City of Gainesville and is in collaboration with other organizations nationwide. It will be hosted at Greater Bethel AME Church. We are interested in partnering with you to make the project successful. In addition to guests attending to support our competitors, we are also interested in mental health professionals, orators, writing coaches, and a three-person committee to serve as judges for our competitors. Please take the time to learn about the program below.

Proposed Program

The Education Equalizer Foundation works with middle through high school students and their families to demystify the college admittance process and provide scholars with the necessary tools to graduate.

The oratorical competition will engage youth aged 14 to 18 to address how attending college can prevent youth gun violence in the community. We plan to engage mental health professionals to guide the orators alongside a committee of other individuals in researching and writing their speeches, poems, and spoken word, which must produce actionable steps for audience members to take to combat gun violence. The competition will be hosted at Greater Bethel AME Church, and guests are encouraged to attend in person or watch the Facebook live stream. 

The first, second, and third-place winners will receive cash prizes for education-related expenses such as school uniforms, tutoring aftercare activities, etc. The first-place winner will receive $300.00, the second-place winner will receive $200.00, and the third-place winner will receive $100.00.

Implementation Timeline

May 31 to July 25 – Accepting competition and partner applicants for the oratorical competition 

Jun  19 to July 28 – Students will be selected and paired with a writing coach and meet with mental health professionals to receive help with their speeches

Jul 31 to August 18 – Students will practice their lessons and prepare for the competition

August 26 – Students will deliver their speeches in front of an audience

Please complete the application form to participate in this event (in any capacity) as a competitor, mental health leader, writing coach, or volunteer.

Event Details

Date – Saturday, August 26

Time –11a to 1p

Location – Greater Bethel AME Church, Gainesville, FL, and live broadcast online

Project Goals

  1. To prepare college-going students for public speaking.
  2. To engage college-going students to provide solutions to end gun violence in their communities and schools.
  3. To give our youth the tools they need to cope with death and loss due to gun violence.

Project Impact

This project will impact college-going students and communities to work together to end gun violence.

Please complete the application form to participate in this event (in any capacity) as a competitor, mental health leader, writing coach, or volunteer.

Project Sponsors

EEF About Us

The Education Equalizer Foundation is a college preparedness and scholarship community-based organization. We empower middle through high schoolers with the tools they need to get ‘to and through’ college.

EEF News

9200 NW 36th Ave Ste 130-3213
Gainesville, FL 32606

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