Community Service Platform Ideas

Many contestants new to pageantry find it difficult to determine what issue they will support, promote and defend as their community service platform. If you're new to pageantry you may ask what a platform is. This is a community service project the contestant invests in on a regular basis through volunteerism, activism, fundraising, outreach and education. The best platforms are issues that move you and have had an impact on your life. The goal is NOT to choose some thing we think will impress people. What impresses judges is your vision, initiative, follow through, and leadership. Showcase your strengths and you will always walk away a winner. 

It's important to look beyond the crown and have a greater vision for your service. You become a Miss ____ by walking the walk everyday. The idea is to embody the ideals of the crown. It's a lifestyle choice. When the contestant embodies these characteristics, she becomes more comfortable in her own skin, presenting herself from the perspective of life experience and action, rather than conceptualizing what she might become or achieve as a titleholder.

Ask yourself these questions:
  1. What are my strengths? (organizing, motivating others, fundraising, educating, promotions etc)
  2. What issues have affected me and/or my family directly? (a disease, learning disability, charity, etc) 
  3. How do I see myself helping others on a weekly basis? What kind of time commitment am I prepared to make?
In my opinion, every platform should have three phases:
  1. Education - Know the facts and be able to educate the public about your issue. Know what organizations support your cause. Establish an online presence that positions you as an expert in your field and showcases your work.
  2. Outreach & Volunteerism - Find a proactive way to partner with these organizations, donating your time to make a difference in your field on a regular basis. 
  3. Service project - Showcase your leadership skills by creating your own service project. For example, organize a fundraiser or create your own school assembly and outreach materials i.e. a workbook, CD, coloring book, blog, etc.
    Here are a list of possible platforms to help you get started:
    • After-school Programming
    • Breast Cancer Awareness
    • Anti-bullying
    • Heart Disease
    • HIV/AIDS
    • Girl Scouts
    • Boys and Girls Club
    • Junior Achievement
    • March of Dimes
    • Suicide Prevention
    • Building Literacy
    • STEM
    • Children's Miracle Network
    • 4-H 
    • Helping the Homeless
    • Building Self-Esteem in Young Women
    • Etiquette & Manners Training
    • Domestic Violence
    • Mentoring for Success
    • Animal Charity
    • Safe Internet & Social Media Practices
    • Protecting the Environment 
    • Ronald McDonald House
    • Healthy Living
    • Physical Fitness and Health
    • Students Against Drunk Driving
    • Keep Kids Off Drugs
    • Combating Depression
    • Empowering Today's Youth
    • Embracing & Celebrating Cultural Diversity
    • Helping Our Veterans
    • Salvation Army
    • The Red Cross
    • Habitat for Humanity
    • Body Image & Eating Disorders
    • Sexual Abuse Prevention & Awareness
    • Special Olympics
    • Workforce Mentoring
    • Get Out The Vote
    • Hospice
    • Elder Care 
    • Volunteerism
    The list can go on and on. Use this brainstorming time to look within yourself. Ask yourself what you want your legacy to be when your pageant days are long gone. How can you make an impact that will matter long after the rhinestones have lost their luster? I will always encourage you to look at the big picture and put others before yourself when it comes to service. Open your heart and lead from a genuine place and your message will be loud and strong.


    Liz Wong, Miss Bristol 2014, an official preliminary to Miss Connecticut and Miss America. Liz's platform is "Keep Calm and Be Healthy: Cardiac Awareness for Young Hearts." She is pictured here with Alyssa, whom she met at the National Sweetheart Pageant during a picnic for the contestants and local young kids. As an activity, all the kids and contestants participated in a race, but Alyssa was not able to so Liz carried her. Together, they talked about healthy starts, being happy with yourself and setting goals. After their chat, Alyssa was determined to walk again. Liz is a great example of a contestant who lives her platform everyday. You never know when you'll have the opportunity to change a life.



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    • Anonymous

      Anonymous Brooklyn ny

      I give pageant with women that have survived different diseases ,ailment ,rape, abuse, domestic violence ,heart attacks ,depression, kidney disease cancer lupus I put a platform plus the Celebrate life and teach each and everyone of us that S.H.I.N.E .lives inside of us. The S to be sustained by God and stay strong .the H to remain healthy and happy, The I is be inspired and make an impact,The N is be Noble and nice. .The E is Embark educate and enjoyed life one second at a time That's what S.H.I.N.E. means

      I give pageant with women that have survived different diseases ,ailment ,rape, abuse, domestic violence ,heart attacks ,depression, kidney disease cancer lupus I put a platform plus the Celebrate life and teach each and everyone of us that S.H.I.N.E .lives inside of us. The S to be sustained by God and stay strong .the H to remain healthy and happy, The I is be inspired and make an impact,The N is be Noble and nice. .The E is Embark educate and enjoyed life one second at a time That's what S.H.I.N.E. means

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