Your story is your ART, and the way that you share your story is your INFLUENCE
— Justin P. Grant
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Siamese Dreams in partnership with the YNOT Scholarship Foundation

The Art of Influence is an oratorical competition where high school students will utilize their public speaking skills to prepare a short literary composition (monologue/poem/rap) to express their views on 1 of 5 predetermined topics related to the pressures that teenagers face daily. Each subject will center around the premise of how your everyday behavior is heavily influenced by the “art” that you allow your mind to absorb. This includes television, music, social media, politics, family complexities, etc.

7 students will be selected to participate in the final showcase for a chance to win a grand prize of $1000 dollars. To help prepare for the showcase, we have partnered with Toastmasters, Inc.  Toastmasters is a world leader in communication and leadership development. Finalists will be assigned a personal coach and attend interactive sessions to gain insight on ways to enhance their public speaking skills and refine their performance.