The 2021 National Oratorical Contest will be held as scheduled April 9-11 in Indianapolis and conducted in its traditional manner of live and in-person.
The American Legion is looking for volunteers to help with the 2021 National High School Oratorical Contest Finals. The contest is held is at the Wyndham Indianapolis West hotel where more than 50 youth from across the country deliver a speech on the U.S. Constitution and compete for more than $203,500 in college scholarships.
Volunteers will be provided with specific contest details, a job responsibility and training. All expenses related to volunteering with the contest, such as travel, housing and food, are paid for by the volunteer.
All volunteers will be required to complete a criminal history background check and sexual abuse awareness training prior to staffing the contest. This requirement is asked of all volunteers for American Legion national youth programs with the passage of Resolution No. 32, “Risk Management Mandates for National Youth Programs,” by the National Executive Committee during the October 2020 Fall Meetings. The American Legion has the utmost confidence in its volunteers and staff, however, any organization entrusted with the safety of youth must take measures to sustain participant safety and mitigate the organization’s risk and liability.
Instructions and a link to take the background check and sexual abuse awareness training will be emailed out after the new year.
The application to be a volunteer is on the Legion's Oratorical web page, legion.org/oratorical/volunteer.