Adobe Youth Voices Awards UNICEF Challenge

For the first time ever, Adobe Youth Voices Awards has partnered up with UNICEF to give YOU the opportunity to implement active change in YOUR community. The Adobe Youth Voices Awards UNICEF Challenge is looking to provide three youth led projects with grants to support the implementation of innovative initiatives.

First prize receives $40,000. Second prize receives $30,000. Lastly, the audience award-winning project receives $20,000. All Adobe Youth Voices Awards UNICEF Challenge prize funds must be used to support the implementation of the winning projects.

Show us your imagination, creativity, and innovation through the use of digital tools and social media. Produce a short video outlining your proposal for a new or existing initiative that will benefit other youth in your community. This is your chance to make a difference in the world, report about it, and show the progress made to millions of people through the Adobe Youth Voices network, UNICEF’s global social media feeds, and the Voices of Youth community.

In addition to receiving financial funds for your project, the local experts will also provide support during the initial implementation process.

Submissions now open!

To be eligible for the contest, you must be between the ages of 13-19 years old, and your project must have been created between 2010-2013. Entries are being accepted now until April 19, 2013. Please go to the submissions page to submit today!

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Submissions

In cooperation with the Adobe Foundation, UNICEF will provide three youth led projects with grants that that empower them to plan and execute a project that will help to bring positive change to their community.

  • The Adobe Youth Voices Awards UNICEF Challenge will focus on social media and digital empowerment, with the objective of creating sustainable opportunities for young people. UNICEF has an extensive network of Country Offices that work with local organizations. These organizations are often under-funded, yet they demonstrate creativity, resilience, and positive energy.
  • The Adobe Youth Voices Awards UNICEF Challenge seeks to drive social change by calling for participants to enter a project proposal, for a current or a conceptual social change project that combines youth issues and concerns with digital media
  • The call for submissions will be issued through Adobe Youth Voices and UNICEF’s country and regional offices. Youth organizations (not individuals) will submit a video proposal to enter to win one of the three prizes. All entries will be featured on the Adobe Youth Voices Awards website.
  • If a group is chosen for one of the prizes, the money will go to the organization that is sponsoring the winning team. The local UNICEF office will support the organization in its implementation of the project. UNICEF HQ’s Social & Civic Media Section will monitor their progress and how prize monies are spent.
  • Winners will be selected based on criteria such as creativity and sustainability as determined by UNICEF and Adobe.
  • UNICEF will work in collaboration with its country offices to support the implementation of the winning projects.

The structure ensures that prize money is awarded to vetted and trusted partners in a way that positively benefits young people.

Eligibility

  • Eligible projects must be created by youth between the ages of 13-19 years old.
  • All media must be submitted for youth by an educator in the Adobe Youth Voices educator network or by educators who have registered to Adobe Youth Voices Community. Educators are defined as individuals who work with youth in organizations, teach in a school district, or mentor youth groups. If you are not part of the Adobe Youth Voices educator network, please register via Adobe Youth Voices Community, at http://youthvoices.adobe.com/community/ Registration is free and does not require the use or purchase of Adobe products.

For video formatting, additional information, and full rules and regulations, please visit our submissions page

Project Details

The Adobe Youth Voices Awards UNICEF Challenge recognizes youth organizations and groups whose exceptional video content clearly outlines a proposal for a new or existing initiative, utilizing digital tools and social media, which will benefit youth in their community to advocate for their rights and improvements. Prize money awarded must be used to fund the projects that win the Adobe Youth Voices Awards UNICEF Challenge.

NOTE: Media must be in a video format, and does not exceed 10 minutes. In order for the submission to be considered, the following subject matter must be included in an imaginative and creative way.

  • Show who you are and where you live. The video should highlight life in your community and the major issues it is currently facing.
  • Share a significant concern in the community that you personally wish to address. Tell the story of how you will be an advocate for this cause.
  • Illustrate the overall concept for your project. What digital tools and social media channels will be used to carry out your project? Explain who will benefit from your project and how they will be affected by your work.
  • If this is an existing project, when did it begin and what successes has it achieved? If you have worked with partners or will work with others, who are they?
  • Creatively communicate how you will measure the impact of your project.
  • Lastly, tell us why this project holds significance to you and why it should win the Adobe Youth Voices Awards UNICEF Challenge

For video formatting, additional information, and full rules and regulations, please visit our submissions page

Who are the judges

Judges for the Adobe Youth Voices Awards UNICEF Challenge will include five (5) esteemed leaders from the UNICEF international offices.

To learn more about the Adobe Youth Voices Awards UNICEF Challenge judges, please visit here.

How will judging be conducted?

  • From April 29, 2013 – June 8, 2013, the Adobe Youth Voices Awards UNICEF Challenge judging panel will view top six (6) media projects and select the 1st and 2nd prize- winning projects per category.
  • From April 29, 2013 – June 8, 2013 all selected 6 projects per category will be available for audience voting. Projects in each category with the most Social Media presence (Facebook and Twitter shares/likes) and Adobe Youth Voices Awards UNICEF Challenge media views will win the Adobe Youth Voices Awards UNICEF Challenge Audience Award.

Submissions Now Closed

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