Youthful Voices

Youthful Voices Storytelling Contest

The Virginia Rivers Youthful Voices Scholarship is a key component of the FSA Youthful Voices program.  Each year, young tellers and their chaperones attend the Florida Storytelling Festival on a scholarship that includes lodging and registration.  Their weekend of learning, listening, and networking culminates in the Youthful Voices Concert – a highlight of the Florida Storytelling Festival weekend.

Media Specialists, Teachers, Coaches, and Parents:
Make a recording of your finest young storytellers in grades 1 through 12 for the Florida Storytelling Association’s Youthful Voices Storytelling Contest.

Four finalists will receive the Virginia Rivers Youthful Voices Scholarship to attend the 34th Annual Florida Storytelling Festival to be held in Mount Dora, FL, April 12 – 15, 2018.



Scholarship recipients will be treated to an unforgettable weekend that includes:

  • Festival registration and 2 nights lodging
  • Saturday night banquet for the youth teller and one adult chaperone
  • Participation in the Youthful Voices Concert on Saturday evening
  • Specialized workshops that will enhance storytelling skills
  • Storytelling Concerts by outstanding nationally recognized storytellers
  • Individual coaching/mentoring with a master storyteller
  • Hanging out, having fun and beginning new friendships with other youth tellers

Please note: Meals (other than Saturday night dinner) and Transportation to Mount Dora, Florida, is NOT included. Other family members attending will need to purchase their own festival and banquet tickets.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Youthful Voices Storytelling Contest:


Kira Bahtic



Kira Bahtic is 9 years old and in the third grade.  She enjoys art, science, wild cats, reading and telling stories. Her dream is to travel to Mars one day.

Cade Clark

Cade Clark is 7 years old and has a passion for storytelling.  He combines his love for the stage with another passion,  competitive swimming.


Jairen M Gilmore

Jairen M Gilmore is a senior in high school with plans to become an engineer. He especially enjoys reading and conversing with others.


Savannah Jenkins

Savannah Jenkins is a third grader whose love of storytelling began with her Grandma’s bedtime stories.

Jade Plummer

Jade Plummer is 13 and described as kind and compassionate.  She is an honors student who wants to be a chemist one day “in order to help people”.