Video Contest – You Could Win $1,000
“13 Ways to Take Care of Ourselves and Each Other”
A Suicide Prevention Project
Enter by July 28, 2017
Being a teenager is awesome, but we know this stage of life also comes with unique challenges. TV and social media sometimes don’t give us the whole picture of how teens manage and successfully work through some of the hard times in healthy ways. We’d like to have that side of the story told (for prizes!).
The overall goal of this contest is to demonstrate healthy ways that high school students manage social and emotional challenges. Unfortunately, suicide has recently been portrayed in the media as one way young people cope with life’s painful and emotionally distressing issues. We want your help to fight against that message. We’d like to see and hear your examples of what helps you and your friends get through tough times. We’re looking for video submissions, three to five minutes in length, which demonstrate your recommended strategies for healthy coping with life’s challenges. The creators of the winning videos will receive cash prizes. Be creative, have fun, maybe even win a prize, and have others see your video!
OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES
We are looking for creative messages that promote healthy ways of coping with life’s challenges. The way suicide and suicide prevention are portrayed in the media can sometimes have negative consequences. Therefore we ask you to review and consider these resources when creating your video:
Who Can Enter:
- This contest is open to anyone who is enrolled in high school as of spring 2017, age 14 and older, and who lives in Massachusetts.
- If you’re under 18, you must have your parent or legal guardian sign the Entry Form.
- No purchase necessary to enter.
Videos Must Adhere to the Following:
- Contain strategies for healthy coping with life’s challenges. There is no minimum number of strategies needed (your video doesn’t need to include 13 strategies). You will be judged on the quality of your suggestions, not the quantity.
- Be 3 minutes to 5 minutes (maximum) and appropriate for viewers who are high school age. We recognize that 1 or 2 seconds can be added to or removed from your video length after uploading to YouTube. We therefore are giving 2-second flexibility to the length requirements. However, if selected as the winner, you may be required to provide a video that exactly fits the length requirements.
- Be creative and made specifically for this contest. Videos previously exhibited as part of a promotion or contest of any kind can’t be submitted.
- Have this opening title page (first screenshot): “13 Ways to Take Care of Yourself and Each Other Video Contest”
- Have this closing title page (last screenshot; should be up for at least 8 seconds): “Submitted to the 13 Ways to Take Care of Yourself and Each Other Video Contest at www.riversidetraumacenter.org.” This screen should also include the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number (1-800-273-TALK ) and the Crisis Text Line (text HOME to 741741).
- Only one video may be submitted per person and only one person may submit each video. The video may be the work of a group of eligible high school students, but the video can only be submitted by one individual who will be the only person eligible for the prize.
- Parents and adults can be advisors but should not have any hands-on involvement.
- Everyone in the video must be at least 14 years old.
- Comply with YouTube’s community guidelines, found at: https://www.youtube.com/yt/policyandsafety/communityguidelines.html
Videos Must NOT Contain:
- Material that violates or infringes on another’s rights including, but not limited to rights of privacy, publicity, and intellectual property.
- A focus on brand names or trademarks, or any copyrighted material (such as snippets of copyrighted programs) without necessary authorizations.
- Material that is inappropriate, violent, indecent, obscene, hateful, defamatory, slanderous, or libelous.
- Material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred, or harm against any group or individual or promotes discrimination based on race, sex, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or age.
- Material that is unlawful, in violation of or contrary to the laws or regulations where the video is created.
Additional Guidelines and Tips:
- Entries should be videos created by students; they should not be professional or commercially-produced videos.
- You may use any type of video device to record videos.
- Videos can be in any style (e.g., testimonial, comedy, drama, documentary, animated, still art, live action, etc.).
- Videos can be in any language but must have English subtitles if not in English.
- Videos can show logos, organizations, or institutions if the display is incidental and not promotional. All decisions as to whether such display rises to the level of promotion will be determined by the judging panel on a case-by-case basis.
How to Enter:
- All entrants must post their videos online at www.youtube.com, set them to Unlisted View, and send an email to email@example.com (with a link to the video, the completed Entry Form, and completed Waiver/Release Forms) after 9 a.m. EST on June 13, 2017, but no later than 5 p.m. EST on Friday, July 28, 2017, to be considered as part of the Contest. Here is the Waiver/Release Form for Contestants (people entering the contest).
- Here is the Waiver/Release Form for People Whose Image, Voice or Likeness is Included in a Video Entry. This Waiver/Release Form needs to be completed for each person who appears in the video (who is identifiable by their image) or whose voice is on the video.
- The first place winner will receive a cash prize of $1,000. The second place winner will receive $500. Two honorable mention winners will receive $250 each.
- Winners will be notified by email by September 15, 2017, and must respond via email with a completed Prize Acceptance Agreement within 7 business days.
- Any federal, state and/or local taxes are the responsibility of each winner, including the determination of tax liability and payment of these taxes. However, if we have an obligation to report winnings or withhold taxes, prize winners will need to provide information we would need for any required reporting and/or withholding.
How the Winners Will be Determined:
-Videos will be judged based on creativity, message clarity, and adherence to the guidelines mentioned above, including following safe messaging guidelines, by a panel of experienced professionals who work in suicide prevention in Massachusetts.
-The judges will evaluate each video based on the following criteria:
- Whether the video follows the established guidelines
- Quality of video content (i.e., does the content express the goals of the contest in a compelling way)
- Creative and memorable (i.e., is the video innovative and original, and does it keep the attention of the viewer)
- Logical solutions (i.e., are the solutions offered realistic, appropriate, and ones that teens could implement)
- Production (i.e., overall quality of the production including video and sound)
This contest is being sponsored by Riverside Trauma Center, a service of Riverside Community Care. Riverside Trauma Center helps people recover from the overwhelming stress caused by traumatic events by providing community outreach, consultation, and counseling. Traumatic events include serious accidents, suicides, and natural disasters like tornadoes. www.riversidetraumacenter.org, 255 Highland Ave., Needham, MA 02494
If you have any questions about the video contest, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
All entrants and, if under 18, their parents or legal guardians agree that Riverside Community Care has the right to use the entrant’s name, city, state of residence, and image, and to post the submitted video on the Riverside Community Care’s channel on YouTube with a link and still image of the video on the Riverside Trauma Center website, without any compensation other than potential prizes. Void where prohibited. No purchase necessary. To request the list of contest winners, email email@example.com. Employees or directors of Riverside Community Care or their immediate family or household are not eligible. Videos may not be edited after they are officially submitted. Contestant’s likelihood of winning depends upon the number and quality of all submissions as determined by the panel of judges. By participating in this contest, all entrants agree to be bound by these official rules, and to the decisions of the panel of judges selected by Riverside Trauma Center, which are final and binding as to all matters relating to this contest.
In consideration for participating in this Contest, to the fullest extent permitted by law, and except where prohibited by law, all entrants agree, on behalf of themselves and their heirs, executors, guardians, assigns , agents and representatives, to release, indemnify and hold YouTube and Riverside Community Care, its directors, officers, employees and agents harmless from and against any and all claims, actions, suits, proceedings or demands whatsoever, made by any third party due to or arising out of the contest, including your violating any rights of another individual and/or entity. Entrants expressly assume all liability for any risk of any injury or damage caused by participating in the contest.
A portion of the funding for this project comes from contributions from family and friends to honor the memory of Holly Parsons.
If you would like to help promote this Contest, here is a PDF flyer.