Calling all Branches: you can make a difference – start by giving your high school students a voice on this topic. Host a Speech Trek!
The 2020-2021 Speech Trek Topic:
Has social media helped or hindered the breaking down of barriers for women and girls?
Dr. Mary Pipher, clinical psychologist, has described social media as the “huge, unplanned experiment” that has left many young people vulnerable to the ups and downs of digital culture.* Some of the troublesome issues associated with social media and young people include
This “unplanned experiment” has transformed an array of life experiences viewed as both positive and negative. The growth and pervasiveness of social media certainly has far-reaching implications across a broad spectrum including social, physical, psychological, emotional, mental, legal, ethical, societal, health and more challenges.
Has this “unplanned experiment” been a boon or a bust for young people? Has social media helped or hindered the breaking down of barriers for women and girls?
*wsj.com, “The Lonely Burden of Today’s Teenage Girls”, Aug. 5 2019
Branch Speech Trek Coordinators, download these files for use in producing and presenting your contest.
- 2020 Speech Trek Branch Tool Kit
- 2020 Speech Trek Student Tool Kit
- Speech Trek Policies and Procedures
Prior Year First Place Winners:
- 2020 Olivia Berman, Lompoc-Vandenberg
- 2019 Dominique Ruedaflores, Alhambra
- 2018 Caroline Irving, Redlands
- 2017 Nikhita Gopisetty, Morgan Hill
- 2016 Sharon Lu, Alhambra/San Gabriel
- 2015 Emma Harrington, Napa
- 2014 Anneka Sonstroem, Stockton
- 2013 Pavin Trinh, Alhambra/San Gabriel
- 2012 Kyron Richards, Sacramento
- 2011 Emily Shumway, Sonora
- 2010 Melanie Nadon, East San Gabriel
- 2009 Alexandria Aiello, Porterville
- 2008 Heidi Medema, Oakdale/Riverbank/Escalon
- 2007 Anna Torres, Roseville/So Placer