Announcing ʿŌlelo’s 19th Annual Youth Xchange! It’s time to “Empower Youth Voices” by entering Hawaiʿi’s largest statewide student video competition.
It is even more important during challenging times that Youth Xchange continues to encourage and expand student participation and impact so that Hawaii’s young voices can be heard. Last year’s 712 entries were impressive, way to go! But even more amazing was the breadth and depth of the messaging behind each entry and the sheer number of students—more than 879 —who competed. A big mahalo to the educators who continue to encourage students to use this platform to speak up and speak out on issues of concern.
Due to COVID-19, last April’s in-person event transformed into three broadcast awards shows that premiered on April 28, 2021. Check out www.olelo.org/yxc2021 to view our last competition’s finalists and winners.
This year’s competition includes the following categories:
- Mini Documentary: In-depth program of an event, issue, place, individual or group. (10 minute maximum)
- Public Service Announcement (PSA): Commercial length, informative but concise video about an issue. (30 second maximum, production credit or acknowledgement graphics do not count as part of the 30 second maximum)
- Short: A creative look at an issue using comedy, drama, music, or a cultural setting. (5 minute maximum)
- Junior Expert: This category allows students K through Middle school with extensive video production skills to compete in a category that recognizes technical expertise using video. Youth Xchange winners who have won two or more times, students who have worked (for hire) professionally creating video, and/or students participating in or receiving help from other students in an advance video or digital media program must enter this category. (10 minute maximum)
- Expert: This category allows high school and college students with extensive video production skills to compete in a category that recognizes technical expertise using video. Youth Xchange winners who have won two or more times, students who have worked (for hire) professionally creating video, and/or students participating in or receiving help from other students in an advance video or digital media program must enter this category. (10 minute maximum)
In addition to the above, there are nine (9) sponsored categories as follows:
- A More Resilient and Sustainable Hawaiʿi, sponsored by Hawaiian Electric, Co.
- Active Living & Healthy Places, sponsored by Hawaiʿi Department of Health – Start Living Healthy
- Creating Peace, sponsored by Rotary Club of Honolulu
- Elections & Voting, sponsored by the Hawaiʿi Office of Elections
- Forest Inspired, sponsored by Hawaiʿi Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry & Wildlife
- Prepare NOW, sponsored by Hawaiʿi Department of Health – Office of Public Health Preparedness
- Preventing Bullying Together with Aloha, sponsored by Hawaiʿi Department of Education, Office of Student Support Services
- Storm Water, sponsored by City & County of Honolulu, Department of Facility Maintenance, Clean Water Hero
- Traffic Safety, sponsored by the State of Hawaiʿi Department of Health, EMS & Injury Prevention System Branch
All entries must be uploaded to ʿŌlelo’s Contest site by 11:59 p.m. HST on Monday, February 21, 2022.
An in-person Awards Banquet has been tentatively set for Wednesday, April 20, 2022. More details to come.
If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact a member of our team. We look forward to cheering you and your students on in our 19th Annual Youth Xchange Video Competition!
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