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Welcome to the Bridges Collaborative’s student contest on segregation. The purpose of the contest is to shed light on the history of segregation in communities across America and to propose potential solutions to this problem. Submissions will be accepted through Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at 11:59 PM PT.

The Bridges Collaborative is announcing a student contest with cash prizes ranging from $50 to $575 and the opportunity for winners to share their ideas with a network of leaders and policymakers! Students should submit a creative project of their choosing (such as a written, audio, video or other media presentation) that explores the topic of segregation in the community where they live; this may include racial, economic, housing, or school segregation, or the intersection of any of these. The purpose of the contest is to shed light on the history of segregation in communities across America and to propose potential solutions to this problem. 

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What is the timeline for the contest?

• Submissions are due by Wednesday, June 30, 2021 by 11:59 PM PT.
• Finalists will be announced and posted on the Bridges Collaborative website in July.
• There will be an online public voting period of one week in August.
• Winners will be announced in early September 2021.

Who is eligible to participate?

Any K–12 student or group of students who lives in the United States is eligible to participate. Teachers may also choose to have their entire K–12 class submit a group project. There are three categories for participation: (A) sixth grade and below, (B) seventh–ninth grade, and (C) tenth–twelfth grade.

For each category, there are four prizes awarded:

• Public Choice Winner (based on online votes among finalists during the finalist voting period): $575
• First Place (based on selection rubric): $575
• Second Place (based on selection rubric): $250
• Third Place (based on selection rubric): $50

What is the prompt?

PROMPT #1

Create a project that sheds light on the history of segregation in your community, with a particular focus on events or issues that might not be widely known.

PROMPT #2

Submit a proposal about how current issues of segregation in your community could be remedied and how you would convince your community to adopt your proposal.

PROMPT #3

 Address both of the prompts in a single project. (You will not gain an advantage or a disadvantage by addressing both parts of the prompt instead of focusing on one).

What form should the presentation take?

Presentations can be submitted in the form of videos, podcasts, classroom lessons geared towards other students, written pieces, poetry, art, music, Prezis, Powerpoint presentations, or any other creative medium that can be submitted online and reviewed by a panel of judges (and ultimately the public for those that are selected as finalists). Short written explanations can accompany artistic submissions.

• Video files can be no longer than three minutes and thirty seconds in length.
• Audio files can be no longer than five minutes in length.
•  Written accompaniments to artistic submissions can be no longer than 300 words. Please submit photographs of any artistic pieces, rather than sending original artworks. Online submissions only.
• Standalone written submissions can be no longer than 1,500 words.
•  Presentations/Prezis should include an audio or video of the student presenting their work (must adhere to the above audio/video limits).

Please reach out to [email protected] if you have a question about submitting a project that does not fit into one of the categories above.

How will submissions be judged?

In order to be considered, a submission must adhere to the requirements laid out in the contest directions.

A panel of judges (including youth judges) will select finalists from among all valid submissions based on the following, equally weighted criteria:

• The submission presents interesting, relevant, and lesser-known facts about the history of racial segregation in housing and/or schooling in the student’s home community; or presents an innovative, thoughtful, and feasible approach to remedying the current landscape of segregation in their community; or both.
• The submission is creatively executed and captures and holds the audience’s attention.
• The submission is likely to start conversations in the local community and cause people to rethink issues of segregation in their community.
• The submission is free (or mostly free) of errors and represents high-quality work.

If technology barriers are interfering with the completion of your project due to COVID-19, please reach out to [email protected] for assistance.

Contest Rules and Regulations

Each contestant will be required to acknowledge that they understand and have read the rules governing this student contest. All contestants under 18 will be required to affirm that their parent/guardian has read and understands the rules governing this student contest. All finalists will be required to submit signed parental consent for participation.

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