Suicide Prevention/Mental Health Program Seeks Volunteer Judges for Youth Film and Art Contests

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ORGANIZATION: DIRECTING CHANGE PROGRAM & FILM CONTEST INC

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The Directing Change Program seeks volunteers to review youth-created film and art projects centered on mental health and suicide prevention. This is a great way to engage community members, stakeholders and partners in your county. Judging is completed entirely online and typically involves a total time commitment of less than 2 hours.

We seek those with an interest in any of the following: film, directing, writing, visual art, music, public service announcements and/or public health, journalism, video production, social justice, suicide prevention and/or mental health. You do not need to be an expert in these fields to judge (although you certainly can be!).

Please fill out a judging interest form if you'd like to volunteer: http://www.directingchangeca.org/judging-application/

Directing Change Judges review up to 15 submissions of various film or art submissions and complete an online scoring form for each (time commitment of less than 2 hours).

  • For our annual film contest, judging takes place in late March.
  • For our monthly film and art contests, judging takes place during the first 2 weeks of each month. Judges are welcome to judge every month or as they are available.
  • Judges can judge either our annual contest, our monthly contests, or both.
Judging applications are accepted throughout the year and are accepted on a rolling basis; however, if you'd like to participate in our 2023 annual contest judging, please reach out or submit the online form by the first week of March 2023 if possible.

Please feel free to forward this opportunity to anyone in your community or network who might have an interest in becoming a Directing Change judge.

For more information, fill out the judging application at http://www.directingchangeca.org/judging-application/or contact Dori Thomas at Dori@directingchange.info.

The Directing Change Program offers young people the opportunity to win prizes and promote mental health by expressing their feelings, taking action, and inspiring others through film and art. The annual film contest asks youth grades 5-12 (ages 12-25) to create 60-second films around the topics of suicide prevention and mental health. The monthly Hope & Justice category asks young people to explore how they are coping through tough times. For Hope & Justice, students may submit entries related to the themes of "Hope," "Justice," or the monthly prompt, and all art forms are accepted (poetry, original music, short films, visual art, TikToks, dance and more).

Learn more at https://directingchangeca.org/.

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About DIRECTING CHANGE PROGRAM & FILM CONTEST INC

Location:

1360 GRANADA AVE, SAN DIEGO, CA 92102, US

Mission Statement

To educate young people about critical health topics through the medium of film and promote social justice by changing conversations in schools and communities.

Description

The Directing Change Program and Film Contest is an evaluated program devoted to training young people in mental health awareness, suicide prevention and other critical health and social justice issues. The program prepares young people to recognize signs of distress and how to seek help for themselves or a friend; provides curriculums and trainings to educators and school administrators to impact school climates, policies and practices; facilitates parent workshops; and offers 24/7 crisis support to schools after a student suicide. More than 18,000 youth have received mental health awareness and suicide prevention training through participation in Directing Change since its launch during the 2011-2012 school year; the program has also been implemented in more than 50 counties and in over 500 school districts in California.

Disguised as a film and art contest, Directing Change engages youth by providing lesson plans and instructional tools to educators and educational resources to students. Youth apply this knowledge to their own unique messages about suicide prevention and mental health by creating films and art. Learning objectives surrounding mental health and suicide prevention are integrated into all contest submission categories, giving young people the opportunity to explore these topics critically while learning about positive messaging and available support resources.

CAUSE AREAS

Arts & Culture
Children & Youth
Health & Medicine
Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Health & Medicine

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.

SKILLS

  • General Education
  • Mental Health
  • Visual Arts
  • Counseling / Mental Health
  • Journalism
  • Storytelling

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+
  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

  • Approximately 2 hours
  • An online orientation is offered annually, as well as online resources judges can review before/during scoring.

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