2017-01-13 / Schools

League of Women Voters of Massachusetts announces student video contest

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BOSTON — For its fourth annual student video contest, the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts (LWVMA) invites high school students to create short videos showing how someone is “making democracy work” where they live.

The contest, “Making Democracy Work in My Community,” is open to all students attending high school in Massachusetts. The three top winners will receive $500, $250 and $100, and their videos publicized statewide.

Videos should be no more than two minutes long and should focus on a person or group fighting injustice, organizing action, fostering dialogue, encouraging civic participation or educating about important issues. Videos should feature people taking action, using their voices, and actively participating in the democratic process at the local level.

Entries may be submitted online from Feb. 1 through March 31, at www.lwvma.org. Judging will take place in April, and winners announced in May. The judging committee will look for a clear and compelling message, memorable content and delivery, and creativity.

“Local efforts to nurture and improve democracy really matter,” said LWVMA Executive Director Meryl Kessler. “We are using this contest to publicize important grass roots work throughout the state with the hope that we will inspire even more citizens to become involved in the civic life of their communities.”

The contest, sponsored by the League of Women Voters Citizen Education Fund, supports programs designed to encourage the active and informed participation of citizens in a democracy and increase understanding of public policy issues.

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