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Diocesan Coordinators Contest Packet
What is the Multi-Media Youth Contest?
What is the Catholic Campaign for Human Development?
What is the goal of the contest?
How does the contest work?
Are only certain forms of art eligible?
What are the contest rules?
What is this years contest theme?
What grade levels can participate?
When does the contest take place?
Is there a contest deadline?
What is the prize?
What criteria are used to judge entries?
Can I see what types of entries have won the contest in the past?
Will my entry be returned?
How does a school or parish participate?
How can an individual participate?
How can I find out if my diocese is participating?
If my diocese is not participating, can I still enter the contest?
I know a school, parish, or individual that might want to participate. Are promotional materials available to give to others?
The Catholic Campaign for Human Development, or CCHD, is the domestic anti-poverty program of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Since 1970, CCHD has worked to encourage 1) empowerment and participation of poor and low-income persons to address the causes of poverty, and 2) education and involvement of Catholics in the U.S. in this effort.
Through the contest, young people learn about poverty, its causes, and our faith response and then become educators themselves as they use their art to creatively communicate what they have learned.Schools, parishes, and individuals use the contest materials to help students learn about poverty, its causes, and our faith response, and then students create multi-media work based on what they have learned. The work is not submitted to the national office directly, but is rather sent to the diocesan CCHD office or other sponsoring diocesan office for local judging. The diocesan office then sends one winner per age category to the national competition.
Any form of multi-media work is welcome. For example, short stories, PowerPoint presentations, videos, songs, painting, drawing, photography, and drama are all eligible for the contest.
Young people living in the United States in grades 7-9 and 10-12 are eligible to participate in the contest.
All work to create the entry (such as video editing, script writing, musical composition, typing, page layout, formatting, etc.) must be completed by the contestant himself or herself.
Each entry must be the original work of the student or team of students submitting the artwork. If the artist wishes to use material that is copyrighted by someone else (such as a song or web photo as part of a PowerPoint presentation or a cut-out picture from a magazine), he or she can only do so if written permission has been granted for its use. This written permission must be submitted with the entry.
An official Contest Entry Form must be attached securely to the work.
Visual arts entries (such as paintings or drawings, etc.) should be no larger than 24 x 36 inches. This includes the mat or board. On the back of the artwork, please provide a means for hanging the art on a wall.
Audio-visual entries (such as music or video) must not exceed seven (7) minutes in length. A list of the names of all people who appear in a video must be included. Entries must be submitted via CD or DVD. Audio entries must include a print-out of the lyrics.
Literature entries (poetry, prose, short story, drama, essay, etc.) can be fiction or non-fiction. Non-fiction entries that cite facts must include standard citations. Entries, not to exceed 2,000 words, must be written in English and submitted on one side only of 8 x 11 inch paper. Pages should be numbered, typed or neatly written, with the student's name written on the back of each page.
All entries must reflect grade-appropriate grammar and spelling.
The 2012-13 contest theme is: Be a Disciple! Put Two Feet of Love in Action.
Persons can participate who are in grades 7-9 or 10-12 and who live in one of the fifty United States, the District of Columbia, or Puerto Rico.
Contest materials come out each year in late spring or early summer. Schools, parishes, and individuals are welcome to begin using the materials at that time. Many schools and parishes choose to introduce the contest at the beginning of the school year in September or at the start of the New Year in January.
The annual national deadline is March 31. This is the deadline by which a diocese must submit a single winner from each age level (grades 7-9 and 10-12) to the national office. Therefore, dioceses usually set a local deadline in advance of the March 31 national deadline. Participating schools, parishes, and individuals should contact their diocesan CCHD representative or sponsoring diocesan office to find out if there is an earlier local deadline.
Diocesan offices may or may not choose to award prizes for local winners before sending artwork of local winners to compete at the national level. The national CCHD office will select contest winner(s) at the national level. The National Grand Prize winner will receive a $500 cash award and a $500 gift to be designated in the winners name to a CCHD-funded group of the winners choice. The grand prize winner will be awarded this prize at the annual conference sponsored by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry, with all expenses paid for the winner and an accompanying adult to attend the awards ceremony. Second ($375) and third ($250) prizes and honorable mentions, including a monetary prize and matching grant for a CCHD-funded group, may also be awarded for each age category. In addition, the national winners’ schools or parishes will receive a $500, $250, or $150 gift certificate (for grand prize, 2nd place, and 3rd place, respectively), from RCL Benziger.
The ideal entry will exemplify the following qualities in the artwork itself or the accompanying contest entry form:
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