Youth from around the country and those overseas in U.S. Department of Defense schools, aged 13 to 18 years, took our challenge and submitted almost 900 entries for the 2012 StopBullying.gov Video Challenge!
The Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention have worked our way through all the creative videos and screened them for eligibility based on the challenge rules. We ranked each of the eligible videos according to the published criteria, and considered feedback from our technical advisors:
- Filmmaker Lee Hirsch;
- Alice Cahn from Cartoon Network’s Stop Bullying, Speak Up! Campaign;
- Deborah Leiter from the Ad Council; and
- Scott Hannah and Tyler Gregory, previous finalists of The Great American NO BULL Challenge.
We are ready to share the SEVEN finalists for YOU to vote on!
The theme of this year’s contest is “how youth can be more than a bystander and help kids who are involved in bullying.” Contestants were asked to integrate this idea into their entries and show how they are making a difference in their communities by taking action against bullying.
The goal of the contest is to create an impact through accepting videos that demonstrate:
- Peer-to-peer communication
- Positive messaging
- Promotion of the http://www.stopbullying.gov website
These youth are competing for big cash prizes — $2,000 will be awarded to the winning video and $500 for each of the two runners up. Voting will continue until December 10th.
We encourage you to look over the entries and vote for the video that does the best job of showing how youth can be more than a bystander and truly make a difference in their communities by standing up against bullying.
When you’re done, you can jump over to Twitter or Facebook and tell your friends to vote, too.
- Join the conversation on the StopBullying.gov Facebook page
Kaitlyn Harrington, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
This post originally appeared at StopBullying.gov.