AFA Teens Video Competition
As more and more families across America are affected by Alzheimer’s disease, many teenagers as well are becoming aware of this heartbreaking brain disease—from personal experiences in their own families, watching friends and neighbors, or involvement in community service.
Recognizing this, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA), a national nonprofit organization, has created a division specifically for teens, AFA Teens. Its goals include raising awareness among teenagers and the general public about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias; providing education, counseling and support to young family members; enabling teens to share feelings with other teens and experts; and referring teens and their family members to supportive services.
In a further effort to provide an outlet for teenagers to think creatively about Alzheimer’s disease and to engage the younger generation in this cause, AFA is pleased to offer the AFA Teens Video Competition for teens ages 13 to 19. AFA will award $500 to the grand prize winner and $250 to the first runner-up.
The deadline for applications is December 1 of each year. This competition provides an excellent opportunity for teenagers to reflect on why Alzheimer’s disease is becoming an issue that is increasingly important in their own lives and those around them. Students are required to submit an autobiography and create an artistic (no dramatizations accepted) or documentary (non-fiction) video of two minutes or less that conveys the following:
- A moment in relation to Alzheimer’s disease when you learned something about your understanding of the disease, learned something about caregiving, or decided to become a community volunteer/activist.
To qualify, students must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. A committee selected by AFA will judge all timely submissions. Author identity will remain anonymous during the judging. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
AFA will award $500 to the grand prize winner and $250 to the first runner-up. To officially be named a winner or runner-up and to process payment, applicants must supply documentation verifying U.S. citizenship or permanent residency (U.S. passport, birth certificate; driver’s license is not acceptable) and their Social Security number. On February 1, AFA will notify the grand prize winner and runner-up.
The winner and runner-up will agree to: supply his or her Social Security number; verify U.S. citizenship or permanent residency; have his or her name and city published; have his or her video posted on the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America and AFA Teens Web sites, as well as on social media such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube; provide AFA with a photo to be used for publicity purposes and for distribution to the media; and be available for interviews with the media if required. Winning videos will become property of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. AFA will also retain the right to grant permission to third parties to post part or all of the winning videos. The winner and runner-up must supply photo consent forms for all the individuals and facilities filmed in their video. Non-compliance with any of these requirements will result in forfeiture of the title and award. The decision of the judges is final.
To qualify, materials must be submitted through AFA’s online application by midnight on December 1 or mailed and postmarked on or before December 1 to:
Alzheimer’s Foundation of America
322 Eighth Avenue, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Attention: AFA Teens Video Competition