1. General Description:
This competition has been designed to generate interesting and attention-grabbing videos about credit for young adult audiences across the nation. The videos will be shared on the new Consumer Jungle website www.consumerjungle.org where the public can vote for their favorite submission. The Consumer Jungle website is intended to motivate young adults to practice healthy money habits in a fresh and interactive way. Consumer Jungle is a program of the Take Charge America Institute for Consumer Financial Education and Research.
Teams of at least two middle and/or high school aged individuals led by an adult mentor will create a proposal about a video they wish to create informing their peers about credit. The proposals will be uploaded to the Consumer Jungle website by 5:00 PM MDT on Friday, September 23, 2011. Proposals will be reviewed by a “blind” Consumer Jungle committee. The schools/organizations with the top five proposals will receive a flip video camera and $500 (which will be received after the submission of a video) that may be used to help support the creation of the video outlined in the proposal. The top five teams will be notified by Thursday, September 29. At that point, the top 5 finalists will be provided with additional information regarding the video creation process and may begin creating their videos outlined in their proposals. Videos from the top five teams will be due Friday, October 28 and will then be uploaded to the Consumer Jungle website by Thursday, November 3 to be voted on by the public. The school/organization that creates the video that receives the most votes will receive an additional $1,500. The mentor of the team with the winning video will also receive a waived registration (in a shared room) and a travel stipend of up to $300 to attend the 2012 Family Economics & Financial Education National Training.
Refer to the Step-By-Step Contest Guide at http://consumerjungle.org/contests/give-yourself-some-credit/guide for more information.
- The contest is open to all middle and high school-aged individuals, grades 6-12.
- Each team must consist of at least two middle/high school-aged individuals. There is no limit to the number of team members per team.
- No team member may compete on more than one team. Any team with a member registered on more than one team will be disqualified from the contest.
- Each team must have an adult mentor. There is no limit to the number of teams a mentor may oversee.
- The proposal should include a description about a proposed video on a credit topic of choice. This is outlined on the contest Entry and Video Proposal form found on the Give Yourself Some Credit contest webpage on the Consumer Jungle website. This form should be filled out in its entirety. A separate form must be submitted for each team, regardless of whether or not that team shares the same adult mentor. Proposals are evaluated based on creativeness, uniqueness, and perception of effectiveness in delivering its message.
- Areas of focus for the proposed video can include but are not limited to:
- Credit cards
- Credit reports
- Types of credit
- Using credit
- The impact using credit can have on your future
- Shopping for credit
- Credit safety
- An optional Video Storyboard is also provided to help further develop the proposed video. The storyboard is not required for contest eligibility.
- The Entry and Video Proposal form and optional Video Storyboard are due no later than 5:00 PM MDT on Friday, September 23, 2011 by uploading to the Consumer Jungle website http://consumerjungle.org/contests/give-yourself-some-credit/registration.
- All documents must be uploaded as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf document.
- The contest submission will have been properly submitted when a confirmation page appears.
- Teams may not contract with or pay for any outside consulting firm, agency, or other service for any assistance or guidance in the creation of their proposal and/or supplemental attachments. All information on the Entry and Video Proposal form and/or any additional documents must consist solely of the original work of the team that submits the entry. Teams may use resources available to them in their classes, school, or organization.
4. Selection of Finalists:
- A committee of judges from Consumer Jungle will evaluate the video proposals outlined on the Entry and Video Proposal form in a blind review. The committee will select five proposals as finalists on or before Thursday, September 29, 2011.
- The 5 finalist teams will be notified and asked to complete an agreement to commit to creating the video. All communication will occur via email (the mentor and team leader email addresses provided on the Entry and Video Proposal form will be used). Additional team members may be added for the submission of the final video, per the discretion of the mentor.
- A W-9 form with a Tax Identification number along with the organization’s administrative information will be required along with the agreement. If this information is not received by Thursday, October 6 the team will be disqualified from the contest and an alternate team will be chosen. A Name and Image/Audio Release Form will also be required from every team member (see section 5F).
- The school/organization of the top five teams will be sent a flip video camera (once a W-9 form and agreement are received) and $500 (once the final video is received). The flip video camera and $500 will be for school/organization to keep, even if their video is not chosen as the overall winner on the Consumer Jungle website.
- The $500 will be distributed 4-6 weeks after the final video and all other required documents are received (the required documentation will be provided to the finalists).
5. Video Production and Submission:
- The video must be 3-5 minutes in length and should not contain any profanity.
- The video should contain the school/organization name and the title of the video.
- Editing must occur by the team members using the resources of their school/organization or personal computer software. There is a list of free video editing software on the contest website.
- Student teams may not contract with or pay for any outside consulting firm, agency, or other service for any assistance or guidance in the creation of their video. All work done on the video must consist solely of the original work of the team submitting the video.
- Completed videos are to be uploaded on the YouTube website, with the link to the video emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 5:00 PM MDT on Friday, October 28, 2011.
- All team members must submit a Name and Image/Audio Release Form filled out in its entirety and signed by a parent or guardian (if under 18) to Consumer Jungle. This form states that Consumer Jungle may post the team members’ name and image/audio on the Internet.
- Name and Image/Audio Release Forms must be received by Friday, October 28, 2011. Video entry including images of team members without this form will not be accepted. Name and Image/Audio Release Forms must be mailed to: Consumer Jungle, 650 N. Park Ave. Rm. 427, Tucson, AZ 85721.
6. Video Voting
- The final videos will be publicly posted on the Consumer Jungle website for the public to begin voting on Thursday, November 3, 2011 at 8:00 AM PDT (11:00 AM EDT). Voting will end at 4:00 PM PST (7:00 PM EDT) on Friday, November 18, 2011.
- Votes will be collected once per person, per day. You do not need to be logged in to vote, however, if not logged in only one vote per computer will be accepted. All votes will be hidden to the public, but Consumer Jungle will provide each team with a weekly update.
- Teams may use different methods to get the public to vote for their video including promoting on Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking sites.
- The video receiving the most votes will be the overall contest winner and will be announced by Monday, November 21, 2011 on the Consumer Jungle website.
- The video with the most votes will win an additional $1,500. The mentor of the team with the winning video will also receive a waived registration (in a shared room) and a travel stipend of up to $300 to attend the 2012 FEFE National Training.
- The schools/organizations who have the top five video proposals will receive a flip camera and $500.
- The school/organization of the video with the most votes, winning the competition will receive an additional $1,500. The team mentor of this winning team will also receive a waived registration (in a shared room) and a travel stipend of up to $300 to attend the 2012 FEFE National Training in Tucson, Arizona (June 25-28, 2012). The University of Arizona, who distributes the prizes, reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value in the event any prize cannot be awarded as stated. Prizes are non-transferable and may be subject to IRS tax reporting.
8. General Terms and Conditions
- Consumer Jungle and the Take Charge America Institute reserve the right to cancel the Give Yourself Some Credit contest for any reason at any time during the contest duration.
- Consumer Jungle and the Take Charge America Institute reserves the right to amend these rules and policies at any time and without notice. Any changes will be posted online at http://consumerjungle.org/contests/give-yourself-some-credit.
- Winners of any prize are solely responsible for all applicable federal, state, and local taxes.
- Each team, its members, and their mentor agree that the Consumer Jungle and their respective affiliates, employees, or funding agency shall not be responsible or liable for damages or losses of any kind arising out of or resulting from entry in this contest, acceptance or use of a prize or any other matter related to the contest, including, without limitation, claims based on property damage, personal injury and/or death, publicity rights, defamation or invasion of privacy.
- By entering the Give Yourself Some Credit contest, each team, its members, and their mentor, agree to abide by and are bound by all decisions from the Consumer Jungle committee relating to the determination of the top five proposals.
- Upon submission of videos, the top five finalist teams and their mentor agree that Consumer Jungle has the rights to use the videos in any way deemed necessary.