Speech Trek, an annual speech contest, began in 2007 and is AAUW California’s signature high school program. The contest is open to girls and boys who are actively enrolled in high school (grades 9-12). The contests begin at the branch level. First-place winners’ videos from each participating branch are then uploaded for judging. The top three contestants advance to the state finals and compete for cash awards.
Contestants prepare an original 5–6-minute speech on a mission-based topic. This year’s topic is: If an educated population is essential to a nation’s prosperity, then how can we ensure a robust public-school curriculum that is accessible to all and teaches historically accurate information?