Drug Free Action Alliance and the Start Talking! initiative, through support from Verizon, are inviting Ohio students in grades 6 through 12 to test their creativity and produce 60 second videos offering tips on how adults and other youth could have frequent and honest conversations about substance abuse.
The goal of Start Talking is to help parents, caregivers and teachers to start conversations with Ohio youth about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. To participate in this video contest, students will tap their creativity and produce videos that offer tips on how to get those conversations going. Students may work as individuals or in teams and must have a teacher, parent or caregiver be responsible for the supervision of the teens but not create the video. All communication will be sent to the teacher/advisor by mail or electronic mail.
The top three winning individuals or teams will receive the following prizes:
First place: $2,500 college saving award
Second place: $1,500 college saving award
Third place: $1,000 college saving award
January 9, 2017 Contest Kick Off
March 3, 2017 Contest Closes
March 17, 2017 Top Ten Videos Selected
March 31, 2017 Top Three Selected
April 20, 2017 (tentative) Awards presented
Suggested Topics & Guidelines
- Students are invited to create 60-second videos that encourage adults and other youth to have frequent and honest conversations about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse.
- Research shows that scare tactics don’t work, therefore the videos should be creative, positive and offer specific tips to help adults and youth to start those conversations or demonstrate how an effective conversation could occur.
- Videos should encourage registering for the KNOW Parent Tips and invite viewers to visit the StartTalking! website www.StartTalking.Ohio.gov
- The video participants might also do a role play conversation between a parent and/or a student to suggest different approaches/techniques to effectively initiate a conversation.
- If statistics are included, the video must include references. For example: According to the Partnership at Drugfree.org, children whose parents talk about the dangers of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use are up to 50 percent less likely to use in the first place.
- Any music used must be licensed under the Creative Commons License or be an original musical work created by the student. If neither licensed under the Creative Commons License nor an original musical work, the student must submit a grant of permission from the copyright owner to use the music.
- Students are permitted to use video editing programs, however, are prohibited from using templates on any electronic devices or other media that allow videos or photos to be dropped into photos to be dropped into an already produced composition.
- Know! Parent Tips provide parents (or grandparents and other caregivers) with twice monthly, FREE tips by email that contain current facts about factors and behaviors that often contribute to the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Know tips provide action steps they can take to help children resist peer pressure. Click here to access Know! Parent Tips.
- TEACHable Moments: When it comes to preventing children from drinking, smoking or using other drugs, parents are a child’s first line of defense. Another group of individuals who also have an important influence on children, teachers. Click here to visit TEACHable Moment archive.
SAMPLE VIDEO10 Tips to Start Talking
- Individuals or teams that wish to enter can do so by signing in and uploading the video to YouTube (www.youtube.com).
- When uploading the video, select the “unlisted” option under “privacy setting.” Videos submitted without the proper privacy settings will be disqualified.
- Copy and paste the link to the “unlisted” video in an email entry. Double check to make certain the link is correct.
- Email the link to firstname.lastname@example.org before March 3, 2017. Please type “Start Recording Start Talking Video Contest” in the subject line
- In the body of the email please include ALL the following information in order to be qualified:
- Contestant name(s)
- Title of video
- YouTube link to “unlisted” video
- If the video includes music, submit either a link to the website from which the music was downloaded or a grant of permission from the copyright owner to use the music
- Name of School
- Address of School (including city, state and zip code)
- Advisor (parent, caregiver, teacher)
- Advisor’s email address
- Advisor’s telephone number
- Advisor’s address (including city, state and zip code)
10 Finalists will be selected
In March 2017, the top 10 finalists will be notified and will be asked to submit the following materials within 14 days of being notified:
- Video must be mailed on a DVD in a DVD format
- Photo/Video Release Form – Each individual who appears in the video must sign a Photo/Release Form. If an individual is under 18 years of age, a parent/legal guardian must sign the form. (Note this applies for each individual who appears in the video, regardless of whether that individual is a team member or not.)
Only the 10 finalists are required to submit these forms, which will be provided once they are informed they are a finalist.
If a team wins, the award will be divided equally among the individuals. All prizes are subject to change at the discretion of Drug Free Action Alliance.
Frequently Asked Questions:
- Who can participate in the 2016 Take Action Video Contest?
All Ohio students in grades 6–12. Only team members may receive prizes.
- How many teams can enter from a school?
There are no limits to how many teams may enter per school. Each student may only compete on one team.
- How many members can be on a team?
There are no limits to the number of students on each team. If a team wins, the scholarship prize will be divided equally among the individuals.
- Do we need a parent or teacher advisor?
Each individual/team must choose either a parent, caregiver or teacher as their advisor. The advisors can give direction, but may not contribute to the development or creation of the video. Be sure to include your advisor’s name and contact information in your email entry.
- How can we use the resources listed?
The purpose of this competition is to encourage teens and their parents to start conversations about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. Teams are encouraged to seek out and utilize any of the resources offered and share their perspective on how to get the conversations started. Students are not limited to these resources and are encouraged to do additional research.
- How are the winning teams chosen?
Ten finalists will be selected by a group of panelists. The top three finalists will be selected.
- What can we win?
The first place team will receive a $2,500 college saving award from College Advantage; second place will receive a $1,500 college saving award; and the third place team will receive a $1,000 college saving award. The awards will be divided among team members. The winning videos and other finalist videos may be made available on Drug Free Action Alliance and Start Talking! websites as well as other outlets across the state. A special event may be held to recognize the winners in the spring of 2017. At the point the awards are presented, information will be provided to establish College Advantage accounts if one doesn’t already exist. Drug Free Action Alliance will then deposit the award into the appropriate accounts.
- How do I submit my video?
You must submit your video via YouTube link by March 3, 2017, to email@example.com. Review pages 1-3 for more information.
- What forms do we need to submit with the video?
Entries need only include the information listed under “To Enter.” Those individuals/teams who are selected as a Top 10 finalist will be required to complete the application form, photo/video permission form, and copyright and trademark agreement. Those forms will be provided to the finalists once they are notified.
- What is the deadline for submitting the video?
All videos must be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 11:59 PM EST, March 3, 2017.
- When will the finalists be notified?
Top 10 finalists will be notified in February 2017. The top three finalists will be notified in March 2017.
- How do I receive the scholarship?
Will need to determine how to handle this. Perhaps Ohio College Advantage investments?
- Whom do I contact with questions?
Information about the Start Talking! video challenge is available at http://starttalking.ohio.gov.
All entries become the property of Drug Free Action Alliance and may be used in whole or in part at its discretion. Videos submitted by the top 10 finalists will not be returned.
By entering the contest, all entrants agree to permit the use of their picture, name, and other personal information for publicity by Drug Free Action Alliance and Start Talking! initiative.
Any music used must be licensed under the Creative Commons License or be an original musical work created by the student. If neither licensed under the Creative Commons License nor an original musical work, the student must submit a grant of permission from the Copyright owner to use the music.
Students are permitted to have minimal or inadvertent use of logos of actual companies in their videos. However, videos must only contain a neutral use or connotation of the logo or reference to any company. For example, a video in which a student is wearing a certain brand of tennis shoes with the trademarked logo showing, will not automatically be disqualified. However, if the video then references and speaks positively or negatively of the tennis shoe brand, it will be disqualified.