The DeKalb County Keep Encouraging Youth to Succeed (KEYS) Initiative is pleased to present the second annual “Who’s Got Talent” community youth talent show. This year, the talent show will be part of the week long music festival, Kishwaukee Fest. This event is an opportunity for DeKalb County youth to show off their talent in front of a live audience.
“We believe there is a lot of incredible talent out there in our young people, but few opportunities to showcase these extraordinary young individuals in one place,” said Mary Hess, KEYS asset specialist. “Through this initiative, we hope to enable children from all corners of the county to participate and show us what they’ve got.”
The talent show will have three classes of competition, ages 7 to 10, 11 to 14, and 15 to 18. Individuals can perform individually or in a group. Talent can be any type of amateur entertainment (dancing, singing, musical, comedy, etc.) deemed appropriate for a family friendly environment. Acts must be kept to a four minute maximum.
Auditions for the youth talent show will take place on Tuesday, July 10th at Huntley Middle School in DeKalb (old DeKalb High School) from 5 – 8 p.m. Contestants will need to bring a copy of any musical accompaniment to the audition. There is a $20 audition fee per act.
The talent show will be held 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25th in the auditorium at DeKalb High School. Tickets will be $7 each. Cash prizes will be awarded to first and second places in each age category. In addition, the winners in each age category will perform at the Kishwaukee Fest parade on Friday, July 27th and Bacon Fest on Saturday, July 28th.
All contestants and their parents must sign and submit an application form. Application forms will be available at the auditions or get them in advance at www.dekalbcountykeys.org. Details about the talent show, rules and regulations are also available at the website.
All profits from the show will be used by KEYS for ongoing program development. DeKalb County KEYS is committed to the principle that all young people need the support and care of the entire community to become thriving and successful adults. KEYS uses the framework of the 40 developmental assets to guide their efforts. They want to help individuals, businesses and other organizations understand the key assets that youth need to become successful adults and to challenge each person in the community to become an asset builder in their sphere of influence.
For more information about the event or the KEYS Initiative, visit www.dekalbcountykeys.org or call 815-756-8501 x 111.